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Sens Talk / Chris Phillips retires
« on: May 27, 2016, 07:48:07 PM »
http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/hockey/nhl/senatorsextra/chris-phillips-expected-to-announce-his-retirement-from-senators

Phillips was a defensive pillar for so many years. A class act all the way and a warrior for this team. It's sad to see him retire because of an injury, considering he put together an Ironman streak a few years ago. Between 2006 and 2013, he only missed 3 games!!

Sad to see another player from those 1990's/early 2k's sens teams ride off in the sunset. Phillips has been a Senator since I was a young kid. Now, only Neil remains as the last of the mohicans from that era  :sad Philly was a leader and he will be missed. Hopefully he stays in the organization in another role.

Thank you Big Rig!

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Sens Talk / New Sens third jersey petition
« on: August 18, 2009, 06:09:34 PM »
There's a guy who has come up with a concept for a proposed Senators third jersey. He put up a petition to adopt it and it's quite popular, they already have over 1500 signatures. It was so popular that it made the news and everything, and he is currently waiting to hear from the organization itself.

But anyways, since I didn't see thread on this here, I figured I'd spread the word. The current Sens jerseys are awful and are a farce that do not hold a candle to neither the Sens past jerseys or the league's classic ones. So here is a jersey the Sens should use, ajersey that would pay homage to the rich hockey history in Ottawa:



If you like this, sign the petitionhttp://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ottawa-senators-alternate-jersey.html#sign. Time for management to start listening to the fans.


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Anything But Hockey / Gran Torino
« on: January 19, 2009, 01:47:37 AM »
Anyone saw this movie?

Went to see it last week, amazing film. Great performance by Clint, who, at 78 years of age, is still a bad mother ****! I hope this film makes some noise at the oscars, at least a nomination for Clint would be well deserved imo. It's sad because according to Eastwood, this will be his last acting role on screen. He will focus on directing from now on.

Anyways, good film and I strongly recommend it

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General Hockey Discussions / McGrattan waived
« on: December 06, 2008, 08:54:24 PM »
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Former Senators RW Brian McGrattan, who was dealt to Phoenix in the off-season, cleared waivers yesterday. He has suited up in only three games with the Coyotes this season and could be sent to the club's AHL affiliate in San Antonio

http://www.ottawasun.com/Sports/Columnists/Garrioch_Bruce/2008/12/06/7651216.html

Sucks for Brian. The Phoenix organization is not cool at all. They traded a fifth round pick for Gratts and Maloney said he was excited to have him and then they go out and sign Todd Fedoruk, next thing you know Gratts is a healthy scratch all season and gets waived/sent down. Oh well. At least he didn't end up in Toronto, there were rumours that Burke would go after him, that would suck big time, Gratts is one of my favourites and it would just blow to see him play for the Leafs.

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Sens Talk / Neil update
« on: November 29, 2008, 04:37:12 PM »
Sylvain St-Laurent was reporting in Le Droit this morning that Neil is skating again and could come back as soon as next week.

Great news! :happy dance:

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General Hockey Discussions / Sarah Palin booed at ceremonial puck drop
« on: October 12, 2008, 04:54:17 PM »
Sarah Palin did the ceremonail puck drop at the Flyers' home opener. That was a great idea by the owners. Present her in front of the rudest, blue collar democrat-supporting crowd in the league. :A_laughing_matter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7TgDanmWkg

What a joke, they boosted the music to try and drown out the boo's. The best part is that they displayed the following message on the Jumbotron.

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Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin

 :A_laughing_matter:
Yeah, great idea. On top of inviting a candidate who no one in the arena will like, ASK the Philly crowd to be classy. That's gonna end well. :icon_hiding2:

Anyways, good job Flyers fans.  :thumbsup:I think that inviting a vice presidential candidate was complete bullshit and that it had no place whatsoever in a hockey game. Good job booing that fraud of a politician. :icon_applause2:

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Anything But Hockey / Watchmen
« on: August 29, 2008, 10:59:17 PM »
I did not see any thread on this so here goes.

They are adapting Alan Moore's famous graphic novel into a movie, directd by Zach Snyder(Dawn of the dead, 300).

Here's the site with the trailer

http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/

Looks great!

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Sens Talk / Sens are looking tough
« on: August 29, 2008, 10:22:09 PM »
I like the moves Murray has made this summer. He has added a lot of character and leadsership to our team.

I'm sad to see McGratts go, but we have added possibly the finest agitator in this league in Jarkko Rutuu, who shall compliment Chris Neil very well and who does make our club hard to play against. Then Jason Smith, a pure warrior with plenty of experience and reputed leadership skills, who will do anything to win. He plays a reliable, tough stay-at home game, he will keep the opposition honest with his mean streak and will sacrifice his body to block countless shots. An excellent defensive d-man who will bring a lot of character to the blueline. Then we have Cody Bass who will without a doubt earn a full time spot, I love his game, a great energy guy who can rattle the opposition's cage and is sound defensively. Great character guy that opponents hate to play.

I love the direction the team is taking. Opponents are going to be sorry to play us. Neil, Ruutu, Bass, Fisher, Smith, etc. Love it. We're going to be old school.

The ''Bank Street Bullies'' maybe? :laugh2: I get the feeling we will not be appreciated by other teams and their fanbases in a few months.

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Polls, Polls, Polls, What Sayeth You / McGrattan vs Chara: Who wins?
« on: July 04, 2006, 02:53:20 PM »
During a Sens-Bruins game at the SBP, McGrattan bumps Chara in the corner. They start to talk, as McGrattan trails Chara all the way to center-ice, where the two big guys finally drop the gloves and square-off. Who wins?

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Sens Talk / We need Shanahan
« on: July 01, 2006, 04:31:26 PM »
The recent re-signing of Nicklas Lidstrom by the Wings almost certainly means that Brendan Shanahan will have to test the FA market this summer. Now, you'd think that by now, the Sens would have gotten the ultimate missing piece of the puzzle(veteran presence), but we haven't. And that's one of the main reasons why we don't have a cup yet. But if Shanahan is available, he's the guy we should go after.

We have needed a big gritty veteran winger with stanley cup experience and leadership for years, but as I've stated earlier, we still don't have one. Shanny would be the perfect fit; he's a guy who loves to go in front of the net and get his nose dirty, he's got tons of experience(20 seasons, 3 stanley cup rings), he's a great leader, a natural scorer, he's tough as nails, and geez, at 37, he's not showing fatigue at all(Played 82 games last year, 40 goals, 81 points)

No doubt that the Sens could use a guy like him.

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Here's footage from yesterday's Leafs-Sabres game. Andrew Peters gets into a scrum, with Wade Belak in the middle of it. As the refs are separating them, they're yapping at each other, and Peters does a little ''practice golf swing'' gesture to taunt Belak and the Leafs. He got a 10-minute misconduct for it. :A_laughing_matter:
http://rapidshare.de/files/18251870/060416_peters_golf_swing.wmv.html

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Sens Talk / Bochenski sent down(yet again)
« on: February 10, 2006, 12:17:41 PM »
Just read it on the sens' website.

I guess Big Mac will be ready to return tomorrow then.

I personally never thought Bochensk had came back to stay. After he initally got sent down in early november, it was pretty clear that he was not in the team's plans anymore for this year. For the rest of the season, he'll be called up for emergencies, but nothing more.

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Sens Talk / Bochenski sent down to Bingo
« on: October 31, 2005, 11:55:02 AM »
Just heard it on the team 1200. Murray and Muckler want Gratts to stick around( perhaps Domi's broken nose convinced them :laugh2:). It's a good decision. McGrattan brings a lot of positive things to this team, and management certainly knows that.

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Sens Talk / Brendan Witt wants to be traded to contender
« on: August 09, 2005, 11:58:03 PM »
Heard on Sportsnet that Capitals defenseman Brendan Witt wants to be traded to a contender. Now with Volchenkov probably not returning, and our third defensive pairing being a question mark, wouldn't Witt be a perfect fit in Ottawa? He's a big gritty defenseman, pretty tough and physical. Not an offensive d-man, but sound defensively. Is always willing to stick up to his teammates and drop the gloves. Good experience and excellent leadership(he didn't wore the ''C'' in Washington for nothing).
I think he'd fit perfectly under Murray, he's exactly the kind of player Brian likes.
Since he wants to play for a contender, you have to think that he'd accept a slighlty reduced salary, wouldn't he? I don't know anything about his price tag, though, but I don't believe he's too expensive(Correct me if I'm wrong.).
Maybe Mucks could do some kind of package deal of Pothier, and a couple of draft picks for Brendan Witt? And then re-sign Curtis L. for the right price?
I just think that Brendan would bring a physical presence, he's a guy who stick up to his teammates. He's an improved version of Todd Simspon and is the kind of guy Murray likes in his line-up.

But anyways, if the price isn't right and/or if Volchenkov returns, forget everything I just wrote.

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Sens Talk / Senators highlights?
« on: August 07, 2005, 01:28:24 PM »
The video highlight section of ottawasenators.com dosen't work anymore, so does anyone have another site where I can download highlights?

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Sens Talk / The time is right for Brian McGrattan
« on: August 07, 2005, 12:37:57 AM »
With the potential loss of Simpson and Ray, I think this team could really use an intimidating presence like McGrattan.
551 PIMs last season? Wow. It's said he can go toe to toe with pretty much anyone in the NHL.
Some may say he's a loose cannon, but I think he could easily understand that in the NHL, you gotta control yourself.

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Sens Talk / Muckler's ''Big Announcement''
« on: August 06, 2005, 02:20:41 PM »
What do you think it will be?
I certainly hope it's a trade.

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Sens Talk / Time to trade
« on: August 04, 2005, 01:01:24 PM »
Well obviousely Muckler has failed on the UFA market. Now, we'll be looking at a trade to get the one or two key player(s) that are still missing for this team to win the Stanley cup.
Fortunately, that gives Muckler way more options. The word was, some time ago, that he was interested in Rod Brind'amour. Rod would be a perfect acquisition. One of the NHL's truest warriors, plenty of experience and tremendous leadership. A tough and gritty center of elite caliber(played for Team Canada). A local guy too, he was born and raised in Ottawa. No question, Mucks should look at this guy.

But either way, don't worry. Mucks WILL do something. Don't expect him to just sit on his ass and do nothing while all other canadian teams are improving, especially since his team misses a few pieces of the puzzle. I'm sure Mucks tried a lot on the UFA market, so he'll probably go for a trade.

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Sens Talk / What could happen
« on: August 03, 2005, 01:43:13 PM »
Here's what I expect will happen in the next few months, what changes there will be under Murray's new system, and what the line up could look like. In other words, what is going to happen to this team as a whole.
-Spezza will be given a better chance to explode offensively
-Schaefer, Fisher, and maybe even Neil will be given more ice time. Note: I don't expect Fisher to see the fourth line again anytime soon.
-The top four d-core will definitely be: Redden-De Vries, Chara-Phillips. Third pairing to be determined.
-Emery will be given a real chance to prove he can play at the NHL level
-Unless a surprise, I don't think Prusek will be back
-If signed, Martin Lapointe could have a bigger role than we are expecting. At 2.1 millions, I could see him perhaps centering the second line. Just a possibilty of course. It's just that Lapointe is the kind of guy who fits well in Murray's system. Plus, Brian aprreciates him as a player. We'll have to see if he signs at all first.
-I believe more and more Smolinski will be out of Ottawa by, or on the trade dead line next season
-I don't expect more than one prospect to earn a spot in the line up. By deciding not to buy out De Vries or Smolinski, Muckler kind of makes it clear that he will prefer to rely on veterans. Note: the fact that Smokes wasn't bought out dosen't mean he won't be traded for another player of experience; I could easily see Muckler do that.
- If Hasek is saying the truth about being in top shape, he could ''survive'' next season.
-The only question mark is what will Muckler do to compensate for Lapointe's signature(that is IF he's signed). There are two scenarios. TEAM1200 said there would maybe be a trade or something. Heard this morning on team from Dean that Muckler had stated not long ago that he would have a big announcement concerning the team in the next days(also promised to Dean TEAM1200 would be the first station to hear it :-D ). Dean suggesting that this announcement could be today or tomorrow and that it could concern the signing of Lapointe and possibly a trade to compensate. That's the first scenario. The second is, somebody, or maybe a few players, take a paycut. Stay tuned.

In all, I'm expecting a good season. We'll finally have a system where hard work will pay off and earn players more ice time. Clowns who play like Bonk and sit on their asses the whole game long will be benched now.

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