Archive for January 8th, 2013

Back, with apologies

- January 8th, 2013

Yes, we’re guilty of virtually ignoring this blog. Probably because there was no real hockey to write about and we knew you were getting more than enough of the lockout crap on the rest of the web site and in the paper.
But it’s over now, and so is our negligence of Off The Posts.
Meanwhile, the Senators would also like to apologize for their disappearance the last three months.
Here’s how they did it Monday:
The first promise to the fans was made by Senators coach Paul MacLean.
“Thank you for your patience,” he said when asked what message he’d like to send to the team’s faithful. “It’s been frustrating for all of us. Come and watch us play, because we’re going to come and we’re going to play. And we’re going to play for the fans. They’ve been so good to us.
“I’m looking forward, and I know the players are looking forward, to getting out here and just playing.”
And trying to make everyone forget a113-day nightmare.
“I don’t think the lockout was necessary,” Senators player rep Chris Phillips said when asked if NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was to blame for the 113-day shutdown. “We were ready to lace up and play and work through a new agreement. I guess that’s his call, or a group decision on that side. I don’t think it was necessary.”
Asked if fans will be forgiving enough to get back to the rinks, Phillips was unsure.
“We’ll see when the puck is dropped. I hope not,” he said. “It was very frustrating for everybody. I’m sure it’s not going to happen on the ice but hopefully they will come out.
“The reality is we need the fans. They are a big part of the game. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to survive.”
Daniel Alfredsson echoed the sentiments.
“I think there are a lot of bad feelings out there,” he said. “As far as we go, we’re going to do the best we can on the ice to put a good product out there. As far as us being a small market team, we need our fans. Hopefully they will come back and do it quick.”
Phillips, meanwhile, said players got the best deal they could get without having to give up an entire season.
“That’s really your goal, at the end of the day,” he said. “See what you can get, but still being able to get on the ice.
“The deal is what it is, were going to have to deal with what’s in there. It was give and take, all the way along. That’s what negotiating is. Now we can go back to playing hockey.”
And stop talking about a CBA that should have been signed 114 days ago.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca