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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.

FIRST ROUND PICKS

- April 16th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston over Detroit in 6: Tough test but I think the Wings can’t get it done. Boston will win in the end.

Pittsburgh over Columbus in 5: The Jackets are a nice story but they don’t have the talent to beat Pittsburgh.

Montreal over Tampa Bay in 6: This is Canada’s only hope. The Habs have Carey Price and Tampa is in tough.

Rangers over Philly in 6: Just not convinced the Flyers can beat New York in a six-game series.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado over Minnesota in 6: The Avs are the upstarts in these playoffs. Don’t think Minny can outscore them.

Chicago over St. Louis in 6: This will be an upset. The Blues lost six straight going into the playoffs. Not good.

San Jose over LA in 7: This has the potential to be the best first round series. I’d say stay up late. Could be good.

Anaheim over Dallas in 5: Nice story that the Stars made the playoffs. Don’t see Dallas going any further.

DON BRENNAN

When I made my picks in the paper, I was kinda caught off guard a bit. That explains why I have Anaheim and San Jose meeting in the Western Conference final. It can’t happen, duh.
I’m changing that to Anaheim-Chicago now … but here are my first round calls.
I hope they’re different than Bruce’s … but if it was a March Madness bracket, I’d want them to be the same as his.
Lightning does strike twice, and I’m talking about Garrioch winning college basketball pools, not Tampa.

Boston over Detroit in five.
-This actually might be a B’s sweep. Sorry Daniel Alfredsson, but while you may have signed with a team that’s better than Ottawa, you should have asked Boston to take you.

Columbus over Pittsburgh in seven
-I’m leaning with the better goaltending for the big first round upset. Along with “Bob”, the Jackets have a bunch of lunch pailers who just keep on working.

Montreal over Tampa in seven
-I’m not sure how this is going to work because if it goes the distance, those fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum can be pretty rowdy. Seriously. Oh yeah, now I remember. Price will be the difference in Game 7.

Philadelphia over New York Rangers in five
-I’m starting to think the Flyers are this spring’s “sexy” playoff pick. So I might as well take them. I’m sexy.

Colorado over Minnesota in six
-Nobody won more games than Varlamov, and Patrick Roy will tell all those young Avalanchers a thing or two about the playoffs.

Chicago over St. Louis in four
-This is probably a dumb pick on a few different fronts. The Blues forgot how to score down the stretch, but they are still a pretty good squad. It’s also dopey of me to say they’ll be swept when, if memory serves me right, before the season started I picked them to win the Cup.

San Jose over Los Angeles in seven.
-This series will be worth staying up late for. Best matchup of the first round. At least four games go to overtime.

Anaheim over Dallas in five
-Not sure why, but I just don’t have a lot of faith in the Stars. And have Getzlaf and Perry not aged since the beat up the Senators in the 2007 finals?

A meaningless weekend

- April 10th, 2014

The Senators are for all intents and purposes finished.
Three games that meaning nothing left.
New Jersey Thursday. Toronto Saturday. At Pittsburgh Sunday.
Monday will likely be an off-day after back-to-back games to close the season. Garbage bag day will be Tuesday. Exit meetings will begin then. GM Bryan Murray and coach Paul MacLean will likely meet with the media Wednesday.
Then there will likely be silence until the Senators decide what steps they are going to take.
The Senators are missing the playoffs in a season they were expected to make the next step. It didn’t happen for them this year. They couldn’t get it right. They couldn’t get it steered in the right direction. Therefore they are done.
Invitations to the world championships will be sent in the next few days. It seems that Kyle Turris and Marc Methot will jump at the chance to go to Belarus. Clarke MacArthur is hot and cold.
MacLean could be on the list to coach Canada.
Nobody thought the season would end this quickly. Missing the playoffs in September didn’t seem possible. By December it started to look worse. Around the Olympic break there was a sense of optimism. After that, it all fell apart.
So three games left. That’s it. That’s all.

On the brink

- April 7th, 2014

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NEW YORK _ The end is near.
Have looked at the math:
- If the Senators lose in regulation or OT Tuesday against the New York Islanders they are officiallly eliminated.
- If the Columbus Blue Jackets gain a point at home against Phoenix, the Senators are officially eliminated no matter whether they win or not.
- Ottawa could technically still tie Detroit in ROW but the third tiebreaker is goal differential and the Wings would have to get blown out the rest of the way.
So, there it is, the season hangs in the balance and the Senators are about to pay for some of those terrible nights they’ve had this season.
Many in the organization believe this season has been a colossal failure no matter what happens in these final four games this season. This club didn’t live up to expecations.
Changes are ahead. I can guarantee that. This team won’t look the same next season.

What happened to Canada’s Team?

- March 30th, 2014

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We don’t discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs much here but what’s happened to them is shocking. It really is.
I thought they were home and cooled for a playoff spot. To witness the way they played against the
They have completely fallen apart here during this eight-game losing skid. Our friends at sportsclubstats.com rate their chances of making the playoffs around 6.7%. That’s not very good.
I don’t happen to think one Canadian team in the playoffs is good thing. I think it’s bad for hockey myself. The Leafs being there, whether people like it or not, is good for business.
The people at CBC must be choked by what they are witnessing.
The Montreal Canadiens are looking like the only team headed for the post-season. This is two straight years the Leafs have just come unglued. Yes, you have to count what happened in the playoffs last year against the Bruins.
The Canucks have little hope. The Senators _ as has been documented here several times _ are pretty much done. The two teams in Alberta leave a lot to be desired. Winnipeg Jets have to get going in the right direction. The Habs and Leafs were supposed to carry the flag this year.
Where have the Leafs gone wrong?
I really think this team is better than this. I do believe they’ve got good talent. I know people don’t love Phil Kessel but he’s a natural goal scorer. Joffrey Lupul, in my opinion, is a strong player.
You have to wonder if this is it for Randy Carlyle.

So long Bobby

- March 27th, 2014

Bobby Ryan’s season is over early.
The Senators confirmed Thursday morning the club’s high-scoring winger is in Montreal to have surgery to repair a sports hernia that he has been dealing with since November.
He will miss the final 10 games of the regular season. League sources say the recovery time for this type of surgery is 4-to-6 weeks. That means Ryan won’t play for Team USA at the world championships either.
GM Bryan Murray said Ryan had been trying to put off the surgery.
“Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”
Murray said Ryan will be fine next year.
“Bobby has worked hard to play through this injury to help his team and his teammates, and had yet to miss a game this season prior to the injury progressing to this point, so we’re obviously disappointed that we won’t have him available to us for the rest of the season,” added Murray. “We’re confident that he’ll recover in time to have a full summer of training that will allow him to be back in our lineup and help this team be successful next season.”
Ryan finished the season with 23 goals and 48 points. His spot on the roster has been taken by Mark Stone from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

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