A huge hit

- February 24th, 2012

The first cut is the deepest.
This one is pretty bad for the Senators.
Craig Anderson cut himself in the kitchen after the club’s victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday. I’m told the news is not good.
It sure doesn’t sound good. The club hasn’t given a timeline.
Indefinite doesn’t sound great either.
Robin Lehner has been recalled. Not sure who will face the Boston Bruins Saturday night. Might be Alex Auld.
“When I picked up Keith Primeau from the airport, I was talking about how underrated Craig Anderson is to our team,” centre Zenon Konopka told the club’s website at his wine launch Thursday. “I reiterated it the whole afternoon, how good he’s been and how he bails us out some nights when we’re not ready to play.
“Now this happens … it’s a crushing blow to us as a Senators family and we just hope for a speedy recovery.”
Big questions ahead: Do they go get a goalie at the deadline?
The Sharks are going to put Antero Niitttymaki on re-entry. He might ben an option.
This one cuts deep for the Senators.

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13 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    It’s too bad about Anderson, and hopefully he’ll be back before the worst case scenario, (6 to 8 weeks) but this will give the Sen’s a chance to see how Lehner can do with the team playing well in front of him. Lehner hasn’t had the greatest season in Bingo, but Bingo isn’t as good a team as they were last year either. I don’t believe the Sen’s should pursue another goalie at this time.

    On another note, how about those Leafs?

  2. Franky says:

    Lehner will stand on his head. His bored in the AHL. He’s won everything. Nothing motivating him there. He’s big, and he’s capable of making outstanding saves. Yes, still at 20 or 21 years of age, consistency might be a problem, however, motivation will not be. He’s a fierce competitor, salavating at a chance like this one. Run with it Robin!!

  3. David Lee says:

    How do you cut yourself on the small finger while cutting food, think about it? it’s almost impossible, if you are going to cut a finger on the opposite hand you are cutting with you are either going to cut your thumb or your index finger, I worked in a restaurant for over 20 years and not one of the cooks ever cut the baby finger.
    Sounds a like they are covering something up?

  4. Kevin F. says:

    How about them Leafs Mike! Didn’t hear a word when they erased the last 9 point lead, but hey, this site is what you and Pav always dreamed the two of you talking about how great the Sens are and how superior they are to the Leafs! Enjoy!

  5. Daniel Murphy says:

    Hey Bruce!!!!! Glad to see you are alive. If you and Don are not interested in this blog site, then bloody well shut it down.

    For David: You might be on to something. First of all it was very late at night. Who the hell cuts and prepares a meal from scratch late in the evening??? If he was 60 years old, maybe, but think back when you were 25!!!!!! I bet you none of us cooked a meal from scratch that late in the evening. Something very well might stink in Denmark but this city is not known for investigative reporting.

    I also wonder why a damaged pinky on your stick glove hand means you are not capable of playing………I figure you can bloody well cut my pinky off and I will still be able to hold on and move my stick. When everyone reads this next Wednesday, it will be academic. Oh and by the way, this is definitely my last blog….er until something esle irks me.

  6. bruce.garrioch says:

    I was without my computer for a week and had no access to the site. The trackpad on my computer went one night in Boston which made moving my cursor interesting. In any case, we visit this site and post when we have time.

  7. Mike888 says:

    Kevin,
    I was just making sure you are still alive.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I suspect (and I certainly don’t know for sure) that the climate in Toronto is not a healthy one and I blame it entirely on the Coach and General Manager. There are some wonderful hockey players on the team who are subjected to the lunacy that is Burke and Wilson. I love Kulemin (he could play for my team in a heart beat) and he should be better; why isn’t he? Grabo, just now, is playing the way he can/should. Macarthur can score goals and with Kulemin and Grabovski were unbelievable a year ago…what’s going on? Why is the big, young, hardnosed Schen mentioned in trades? How can Kadri be expected to shine when he is subjected to Wilson and Burke’s bi-polar disorder and moving in and out of the lineup? Who hired their goalie coach? How can anyone expect Reimer and Gustavson to deliver when both the GM and Coach continually throw them under the bus? When will fingers start pointing at the Coach (who I truly believe is an idiot and merely a puppet for Lord Burke). When will the media show some courage and challenge the GM? Do they all suffer from amnesia and forget the Truculent era? Does the GM get a do-over when that failed miserably? Has Armstrong worked out for the Leafs? Is Komasarek worth his contract (apparently not, he sits in the pressbox)? Where exactly does the extremely soft and slow Steckel fit on a team that, for the most part, is built on speed (and don’t suggest face-off wins…it is the most overrated stat in hockey). What about Lombardi (he is a beautiful skater but that is the sum of it)? Can anyone acurately describe Lord Burke’s plan for the team? The team isn’t tough? Orr and Rosehill are in the manures! Brown is a couragous little munchkin and fast but will never intimidate (but he does show up every night). Here in Ottawa, Coach Paul Maclean is a great example of a players coach. He doesn’t silly bugger play head games. Every player knows where they stand with Maclean (in their respective corner!). When players love playing for their coach, the dressing room is healtier and it shows on the ice. Maclean is no genius, nor is he a tactician (he doesn’ t need to be, hockey is not a complicated game) but he gets the most out of every player good and bad and all of them would go through the wall for him. There is the difference; when you love going to work everyday, you perform better not matter what business you are in and just the opposite is so if you don’t. As I said, I don’t know for sure, but I strongly suspect there is a climate of toxicity in Leaf Nation! The question is, why does the ownership allow it to continue?

  9. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby, I have some insight into the Toronto situation as I have some friends over there. Here is the word on the street:

    1)Allaire ruined Reimer. Reimer lost around 15-20 pounds over the summer and this made him less “blocky” and now pucks that were hitting him are going in through the seams. Allaire is trying to get both goalies into a hybrid butterfly and it’s not working.
    2)Kadri is done. He was “allegedly” reported to Leafs amangement as “allegedly” seen smoking a cigar and is reportedly cocky off the ice. Burke will not tolerate this and wants a team, that acts appropriately off the ice.
    3)Schenn is mentioned in trades because they do not see him as part of the future in Toronto. He is also not one of Burke’s guys, remember that Fletcher drafted him.
    4)Coach/GM, unhealthy. Wilson is decent enough but this team needs a coach that can motivate kids.

    The plan is 3 speedy top lines and an agitating fourth line with some decent goaltending to cover it all up.

    As for Anderson, oy vey. Lehner is going to carry the load for sure. As stated in this space, he has nothing to learn in the AHL. He needs NHL action and lots of it.

  10. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby, I have some insight into the Toronto situation as I have some friends over there. Here is the word on the street:

    1)Allaire ruined Reimer. Reimer lost around 15-20 pounds over the summer and this made him less “blocky” and now pucks that were hitting him are going in through the seams. Allaire is trying to get both goalies into a hybrid butterfly and it’s not working.
    2)Kadri is done. He was “allegedly” reported to Leafs amangement as “allegedly” seen smoking a cigar and is reportedly cocky off the ice. Burke will not tolerate this and wants a team, that acts appropriately off the ice.
    3)Schenn is mentioned in trades because they do not see him as part of the future in Toronto. He is also not one of Burke’s guys, remember that Fletcher drafted him.
    4)Coach/GM, unhealthy. Wilson is decent enough but this team needs a coach that can motivate kids.

    The plan is 3 speedy top lines and an agitating fourth line with some decent goaltending to cover it all up.

    As for Anderson, oy vey. Lehner is going to carry the load for sure. As stated in this space, he has nothing to learn in the AHL. He needs NHL action and lots of it. Agree he is not ready for a full NHL load but he could be a decent enough backup and we’d finally have someone with some fire that hates losing on this team, instead of a bunch of milquetoast happy-go-luckys.

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Thanks for the poop Mikey. I still think Wilson is a villiage idiot and Burke a blowhard and over rated fool. I know all about Allaire. Who hired him? At what point does the team cut their losses and cut him loose? Big goaltenders need not employ the “hybrid buttlerfly”; their sheer size covers a lot of the net low and high! When you say Kadri is done, you must mean in Toronto right? I certainly don’t know the details but from what I have witnessed, Kadri possesses all the tools (save size…but he is quick, skilled and has courage and that’s a great equalizer). I suspect he would shine playing for a Maclean-like coach. Secure coaches don’t need to play silly bugger. Watching and listening to Wilson in a number of interviews I see a guy who is not smart enough to use sarcasm effectively and he certainly doesn’t intimidate anybody, so his efforts to mirrow Lord Burke fails miserably and is often, laughable. I always hated working with or for someone who is friend one day and enemy the next. I want to know where I stand. Kadri is one player who was kept off balance. Kids don’t need motivation, it comes by default! But, they do need to spirits and confidence stoked. Wilson and Burke have been consistent in only one area, their undying praise and support of Phaneuf, even when he was playing poorly.

    I disagree with you on Lehner, Mikey. Here is a 20 year old goalie who played only one season as a professional and you suggest he has nothing to learn? He has played poorly in Bingo this year, but he has nothing to learn? NHL goalies will have good teams and sometimes bad teams playing in front of them, do they take the years off for the bad teams? Lehner should go back to Bingo and show the organization how committed he is (I suspect he left a few with serious doubts when didn’t make the team in October). I think Lehner has much to learn and I strongly suspect Bishop will give him a very good run to see who is better. The bottom line is, the future is bright in the crease.

  12. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Bobby,
    That was Pierre that made all of those Leaf and Lehner comments. :)

  13. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey…you have to forgive me…not only am I a member of a certain demographic, but I am also the founding father of Densa…and from Dumbaskus.

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