You have to think this will end soon.
Jared Cowen was signed to be one of their top defencemen. He struggled in the first three games but he won’t sit forever.
It sure looked like he will sit Saturday but that won’t be decided until after the morning skate.
I know everybody here feels he should be dealt.
I don’t see that happening _ at least not right now.
My sense is the Senators want this guy to play big minutes every night. Trading him doesn’t seem like an option. It will certainly become one if he keeps struggling.
The plan is to get Cowen back on track. To do that, he has to play. Patrick Wiercioch had his moments of struggle against Colorado Thursday night.
By the way, there is no update on Marc Methot. He hasn’t skated and there is no timetable for him to skate with his back injury.
Do you think the Senators should deal Cowen?
I’d say not at this juncture.
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You have to think this will end soon.
TAMPA _ There are no changes Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The sitting will have to sit and wait.
Colin Greening scratched. Erik Condra scratched. Patrick Wiercioch scratched. Younger players are getting a chance to play and that’s the way it will stay _ at least here against the Lightning.
The Senators just went through a three-week training camp. Making changes at this juncture would seem odd.
” I think for all the guys we’re talking about it’s patience, for myself, for the group, patience is an important part of our vocabulary this year. We have to make sure we are making decisions based on what’s best for the team,” said coach Paul MacLean this year.
Sooner or later, Greening will come into focus if he doesn’t start playing. He is in the first year of a three-year, $7.1 million extension. He’s not making that kind of money to sit. They have to get him going at some point or another.
The injury to Methot has taken some pressure off lineup decisions. It won’t be that way forever.
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NASHVILLE _ Just landed after a nice afternoon flight here.
Maybe check out Broadway Boulevard tonight to see what’s happening.
The Senators will open the seaoson here Thursday.
GM Bryan Murray has tried to make a deal. He has spoken to a couple of teams but isn’t finding much in the way of action. Nobody is really making any significant moves at this juncture. Teams have their players and they’ve just come through camp.
Does this team make the playoffs?
Myself I think they somehow find a way. Everytime they we count them out they seem to get up off the mat and get going. Will be difficult in the East. Everybody around them has improved. Let’s hear your thoughts. Bobby please go ahead.
Forwards (14): Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Zack Smith, Clarke MacArthur, David Legwand, Erik Condra, Chris Neil, Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Alex Chiasson and Mika Zibanejad.
Defence (7): Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips, Cody Ceci, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba, Erik Karlsson and Mark Borowiecki.
Goaltenders (2); Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.
Injured (1): Marc Methot, D.
The Senators called it a big day.
Erik Karlsson was named captain and Bobby Ryan signed a seven-year, $50.75 million extension. Somebody joked with GM Bryan Murray all he needed to do next was make a trade.
Karlsson, the ninth captain in history, couldn’t have been more pleased. He takes over from Jason Spezza, who was dealt to the Dallas Stars on July 1.
“I’m a little bit nervous actually as I don’t know what to say,” said Karlsson. “It’s a good feeling. It’s an honour to be a captain of a Canadian team and it’s not something that I could have hoped for when I came here, but I embrace it and I’m very much looking forward to the responsibilities to come.”
As for Ryan, those talks had gone under the radar but he felt staying with the Senators was the right decision.
“I’m thrilled to make a long-term commitment to the team and the city of Ottawa,” said Ryan. “We were immediately embraced by the city. We felt we found a place we could call home.
“When it came to this decision, it was fairly easy. It was almost a no-brainer. It was a bit longer process for the fans and the media.”
WINNIPEG _ Just got into the MTS Centre.
The Senators have three exhibition games left, three chances to decide what is next for them as far as cuts go.
I’m not sure there are a lot of big decisions. Most are obvious.
Matt Puempel is being given a big chance tonight. He will play on the top line against Winnipeg with Mika Ziibanejad and Alex Chiasson. Good chance for the kid. He deserves it.
Paul MacLean has liked him since he saw him in London at the rookie tournament. Really good chance Puempel could be a callup.
I reallly think the Senators will need to decide what to do with Mike Hoffman and JG Pageau at the end of camp. Pageau is on a two-way so he can go down and be recalled. Hoffman could get picked up by Buffalo on waivers if the club decides to send him through.
“Other than the fact that puck goes in the net when he shoots it? That’s what I like about him,” said MacLean with a smile. “His attention to his fitness level. When you hear (strength coach) Chris Schwarz talk about (that) he’s a fine example of the dedication to that work.
“(His) skating, his fitness, his work, has come a long way in a short time. Right now, he’s giving a good account of himself. The puck goes in the net. That’s the biggest thing. Even in practice, the puck goes in the net for him.”
l LEBRETON FLATS: Interesting announcement from the NCC people. Should make for plenty of speculation about the Senators building an arena there. My take: It piques the club’s interest but it is a long way off. Not sure they’d even be interested in making a bid to build an arena there. Plenty of upgrades at Canadian Tire Centre _ including some with suites next year.