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About "Bruce Garrioch"

Bruce Garrioch is an award-winning journalist and a must-read in the hockey community. A Day-Oner at the Ottawa Sun, Garrioch is one of the top sports journalists in the country, covering the Senators since their return to the NHL in 1992-93. A 2009 winner of an Ontario Newspaper Award for his coverage of the Dany Heatley saga, Garrioch has a strong ability to break news and brings inside information with his Sunday NHL column, one of the most popular in the country. It is read by GMs, players and coaches who want the inside scoop. Garrioch has covered the 2008 Stanley Cup final for Sun Media, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. Mainly, Garrioch has the pulse of the Ottawa Senators. If people want to know what's happening they turn to him to get the info on contracts, negotiations, signings, trades and, of course, games.

The return of Jason

- January 29th, 2015

Jason Spezza makes his return to Canadian Tire Centre Thursday. Not sure how he’s going to be greeted but it’s not going to be anything like the lovefest held for Daniel Alfredsson.
In my opinion, there’s going to be some boos. There has to be. He asked for a trade and some people aren’t going to let that go. They should but they won’t.
Spezza was the lightning rod for criticism here. The naive like to think the media ran him out of town. Nothing of course could be further from the truth but that’s why they’re naive. What ran him out of town was constantly having the finger pointed at him for every win and loss.
He was constantly under the microscope and maybe, just maybe, Spezza listened to the TSN 1200 post-game show on too many of those drives home following losses. Really, he didn’t feel like he wanted to be here anymore, he wasn’t going to sign here as a unrestricted free agent next summer and wanted to get out of town. That’s his right.
He was a point-a-game player for the Senators but for many that was never good enough. He never had the flare for the dramatic the way Daniel Alfredsson did. Spezza was just a really good, consistent No. 1 centre for this team and don’t think for a second they don’t miss him because they do.
You can boo him if you want. I don’t think he should be. They’ll give him a tribute video. My belief is he deserves a warm welcome.
The bigger story may be Alex Chiasson being scratched but that’s a story for another day.

Hello from Columbus

- January 23rd, 2015

COLUMBUS _ Greetings from the all-star game.
This weekend is always great until they drop the puck Sunday night.
I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Well, maybe I am.
As you know from the all-star weekend in Ottawa, this is a great weekend on the schedule for the city involved. They can’t do anything to make the game competitive. The draft idea is fun and at least adds some intrigue to the process.
The Senators are well-represented here by winger Bobby Ryan.
I did think Craig Anderson would have a chance at coming here when Sergei Bobrovsky got hurt. The league was scrambling to get players and Anderson didn’t have any real plans for the weekend as far as I know but they decided to go with Brian Elliott.
The Senators went into the break with a victory over the Leafs so everybody can feel good about themselves.
They have to come back and start winning some games now.
Will check in here this weekend. Enjoy it.

Back at it

- January 11th, 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZ. _ The Senators hit the halfway mark Saturday night with a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
The club has a 17-16-8 record through 41 games and has 42 points which has them eight behind the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Clearly, the situation has to improve.
The people at sportsclubstats.com give the Senators a 13.5% chance of making the playoffs. The good news is that’s up 4% from the day before. The odds aren’t high and stacked against them but you have to cling to some hope.
The Senators had done a lot of soul-searching before playing the Coyotes. They knew the effort against the Colorado Avalanche was simply not good enough and that had to change.
Now they need to do it consistently.

Now or never

- January 9th, 2015

GLENDALE, AZ. _ Who knows?
They’d better start winning. That’s all I know.
At this point, making the playoffs is looking more and more difficult. Coach Dave Cameron changed all the lines today so here’s a look:

Ottawa
Forwards
Clarke MacArthur-Kyle Turris-Alex Chiasson
Mike Hoffman-J.G. Pageau-Bobby Ryan
Erik Condra-Mika Zibanejad-Curtis Lazar
Milan Michalek-David Legwand-Mark Stone

Defence
Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen-Cody Ceci
Chris Phillips-Eric Gryba

Goaltenders
Craig Anderson
Robin Lehner

Ya gotta do something, right?
Today was spent working on going to the net. That’s been an issue for this team.

Greetings from the West

- January 7th, 2015

DENVER _ The Senators arrived here in the wee hours of the morning. It was a long, overnight flight and by the time they landed it was 4 a.m. EST.
The Senators need to start scoring and they need a win.
This road trip has a chance to be pivotal. They showed good energy in the third period in Philadelphia. It looked like one goal would be enough but it wasn’t in the end after the Flyers scored on their power play.
Coach Dave Cameron held an optional skate today and not many guys opted to go.
Craig Anderson will get a shot at playing his former team. He lost a 4-3 OT decision here last year. The only change could see Curtis Lazar go in for Colin Greening. The Senators will reach the midway point on Saturday in Phoenix.
Two straight wins would go a long way wouldn’t it?
The Senators need to start with one here and that has never been easy for them.