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Sens Talk / Predictions - 6 game road trip starting 11/11
« on: November 11, 2011, 04:24:56 PM »
12 points up for grabs.  Sens will get 7.  3 wins 3 losses but 1 OT loss.

Some random speculation.

Sabres - Win.  Much more careful about the give aways.
Leafs - Loss.  The Leafs bribe to the schedule maker keeps paying off the 6 back to back this season.
Calgary - Win. Close but Sens win, perhaps in OT.
Vancouver - Win.  Canucks give Luongo a game.
Edmonton - OT loss.  Entertaining young gun game. 
Pittsburgh - loss.  Back to the east coast and close to home.

Top Prospects & Binghamton Senators / In Depth Prospects breakdwon
« on: November 03, 2011, 01:02:41 PM »
Hockey's Future has an article on the Sens prospects depth, broken down position by position.  Can't say I'm always a fan of their profiles, but this is pretty good.  Lots in the pipeline until you get to goaltending, where it is only Lehner.

Sens Talk / Zibanejad sent back to Sweden
« on: October 26, 2011, 01:51:26 PM »
Overall, I think it's the right move for him.  He will play in a more offensive role, and he's young.
I would think Daugavins strong camp and game last night made the decision easier to.

Sens Talk / Spezza NHL 2nd Star for the week
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:11:24 AM »
Some recognition for a good week, and the only non-goalie.

Spezza tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) last week, helping the Senators record two wins in three starts. Spezza figured in seven of the Senators' 10 goals, beginning with a single tally in a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18. He recorded one goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 20 and closed the week by notching a goal and two assists in Ottawa's 4-3 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 22. Spezza scored the game-tying goal at 19:24 of the third period and assisted on the game-winner by Milan Michalek at 19:55. The 28-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native leads the Senators in scoring and ranks third in the League overall with 11 points (4-7--11) in eight games.

Anything But Hockey / Another perspective
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:44:19 PM »

Sens Talk / Official 2011/12 Tank Thread
« on: October 13, 2011, 10:25:20 PM »
Yes, it's very early, but I think it's safe to start a tank thread!  :smily1263: :drink:

“Practise, practise, practise, practise, practicse is a way to cure issues with your team,” said MacLean. “During the game, it’s hard to clean things up. The games belong to the players, the practices to the coaches.
“We’re going to be diligent in practice, correcting things that are necessary for us to play the game the way we envision us playing the game — which is being fast and playing 200 feet.”

I like it.  Old maxim that you play the way you practice.   Seems to me that Maclean has a very strategic approach to things, and unlike some coaches, I haven't got any feeling that he is making changes or adjustments for the sake of doing them or he because he doesn't know what else to do.


Sens Talk / Game II Sentors - Leafs post-game
« on: October 09, 2011, 12:27:41 AM »
Thoughts on the game, the young guys?

Few random thoughts.

- The team chemistry and cohesion is a work in progress.  Maclean is clearly still shaking out who will go where and what roles they will play.   In both the games he has tried things out, given guys like Filatov time with top lines, but when push came to shove at the end of the game he arranged things to be the most effective possible and things started to click.  The top lines in the 3rd period of Spezza, Alfie and Michalek; Mika, Da Costa and Foligno were pretty darn good.  INHO, the first 10 games are an extension of training camp this year.

- It's going to be hard to send down Zibanejad.  Crazy puck skills, and physically he seems to be able to handle the NHL so far.  i don't usually like keeping young guys up but he may be the exception. 

- Da Costa has phenomenal vision and instincts, though he does need to watch out for the checkers! 

- Lee was disappointing.  As much as he has gotten better, I'm starting to wonder about a comment I read that basically said, yes he's better, but that's all there is and no more upside.  If so he won't be around long.  But it's to early to make big assessments.

- Kuba and Gonchar - To old and slow,  but gone next year so I'm not dwelling on them. One of them should be injured soon enough so Runblad can get some minutes, though I bet Lee sits next game so he can play.

- Alfie re-affirming his God status.  What a recovery.  Last season he almost retired because he was having trouble playing with his kids.  I doubt that he is pain free, or won't have discomfort for the rest of his career.

- Karlsson is proving Pierre right, and isn't that irritating for a lot of folks!  The passing play with Da Costa on the 5th goal is the kind of stuff I watch the game for.

Sens Talk / Brian Lee's renaissance
« on: September 30, 2011, 10:30:20 AM »
With no fan fair and no expectation from fans, Brian Lee has showed up at camp packing more muscle on his frame, and seems to have figured out a role he can be effective with in the NHL.  He isn't playing flashy but in the pre-season he has been very solid, and playing with confidence.   
Regular season is a different thing but after his long journey and hitting rock bottom last year, I don't expect to see a fall off in his play.  The high school draft pick has matured, been knocked around a bit, and instead of collapsing, has adapted, learned the lessons and come out stronger for it.  I'm rooting for him this season.  If he keeps going, give him Kuba's minutes.

Other Sports Talk / BILLS WIN, BILLS WIN, BILLS WIN!!!!
« on: September 26, 2011, 09:06:48 AM »
Three in a row, overcome 21-0 deficit to beat the Patriots.  Crazy start to the season!

Anything But Hockey / Waterton, NY shopping
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:07:35 AM »
Other than the Salmon Run Mall and the big Target, is there anything in Waterton for shopping?  We have never stopped to do any shopping there, but will be going by in the next couple of weeks.

Sens Talk / Goupon Deal - $25 for $50 Sens Store coupon. Ends Aug. 14
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:01:57 PM »
Link below.   Can't be used for the 2011 Heritage jerseys or tickets.

Sens Talk / On-Ramp to 417 Eastbound from Scotiabank Place Announced
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:15:39 AM »
15 years after the province nixed the Sens plans to have a ramp directly from the parking lot to 417 East, it is finally going to happen!  :banana: 

There is a picture of the ramp in the article, and I find the routing  could be cleaner to move cars out quicker, but it looks to be spread along where the buses park.  It will also service a park and ride during the day for west end commuters to take OC Transpo. 

OTTAWA - The Ontario government is investing in a new on-ramp in Ottawa from Scotiabank Place to Highway 417 eastbound. This project will create jobs, improve traffic flow and facilitate increased use of public transit for visitors and Ottawa families.

The new ramp will support the on-going expansion of the high-occupancy vehicle network along Highway 417. The ramp will be designed to give OC Transpo buses priority access, with the intention to accommodate other high occupancy vehicles. This expansion will result in significant time savings for patrons of Scotiabank Place when exiting the parking lot.

Anything But Hockey / Anyone get blown Away in the Windstorm?
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:39:03 PM »
Anyone have any damage from the recent windstorm that collapsed the Bluesfest stage?   

We have one of those outdoor gazebo tents over the patio table set and it went down and was dragged for a bit.  Thankfully it got hooked up on the garden hose or it was going across the yard.  Looks like my next door neighbours were nailed by a micro-cell - patio table levetated then flipped up and smashed on a well, the barbeque with tank went walk about, and a 6 foot deck heater took flight and was smashed in to the same wall.  Somehow no window damage.   Interesting to see that their patio umbrella went over a 14 foot cedar hedge and land deep in my backyard.

In addition to Sweatt today, Sens signed defenceman Tim Conboy to a 1 year contract.  "Conboy spent last season with the Portland Pirates of the AHL and has 59 games of NHL experience with the Carolina Hurricanes."   12 points (12 assists) and a professional career-high 233 penalty minutes. Conboy also recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in 12 post-season contests with Portland.

Classmate must be liking all the action and attention to stocking the team.  But are Bingo fans wondering where this Murray has emerged from after the last few years!

Looks like the Sens are ensuring that Lehner isn't going to get any heat from the backup.


The Ottawa Senators announced today the club has signed goaltender Mike McKenna to a one-year, two-way contract.

McKenna, 28, spent his second consecutive season with the New Jersey Devils organization in 2010-11, appearing in 39 games with the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils and playing two games in the National Hockey League. With Albany, he posted a 14-20-2 record with a 3.61 goals-against average and .866 save percentage while recording one shutout. In two games with New Jersey, he had one loss, a 3.05 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage.

Prior to joining the Devils, the native of St. Louis, Mo., spent the 2008-09 season in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. He played 15 NHL games with the Lightning, posting a 4-8-1 record with a 3.56 goals-against average, .887 save percentage and one shutout.

The 6-3, 195-pound McKenna has played in six professional seasons, including 164 AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Portland Pirates, Lowell Devils and Albany.

McKenna was originally Nashville’s sixth-round selection (172nd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to being drafted, he played four seasons with the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association’s St. Lawrence Saints.

Sens Talk / 20 (updatre from 13) years of #6 picks
« on: June 27, 2011, 10:49:19 AM »
Just for Zibanejad comparision - the #6 pick for the last 13 years.   

2010 Brett Connolly RW Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 Oliver Ekman Larsson D Phoenix Coyotes
2008 Nikita Filatov LW Columbus Blue Jackets
2007 Sam Gagner RW Edmonton Oilers
2006 Derick Brassard C Columbus Blue Jackets
2005 Gilbert Brule C Columbus Blue Jackets
2004 Al Montoya G New York Rangers
2003 Milan Michalek LW/RW San Jose Sharks
2002 Scott Upshall LW/RW Nashville Predators
2001 Mikko Koivu C Minnesota Wild
2000 Scott Hartnell C Nashville Predators
1999 Brian Finley G Nashville Predators
1998 Rico Fata RW Calgary Flames

Sens Talk / Paul Maclean in as Head Coach
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:21:46 PM »

Figured he deserves his own thread instead of continuing in the Clouston thread.

Great write-up in the Globe and Mail.  Have to be optimistic after reading that.

Per Team 1200

Zack Smith.  2 year, 1 way deal

Colin Greening. 3 year, 1 way deal

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