Few quick notes from Senators development camp

- June 27th, 2012

The Senators will not be making a pitch to UFA Justin Schultz today, simply because they didn’t hear from his agent.
Schultz was scheduled to hear presentations from teams today.
Does this mean the Senators are out of the running? Not sure. Maybe they’ll get the call tomorrow, or not at all.
-I’m curious how everyone seems to know that Rick Nash won’t be coming to Ottawa. I mean, I’m not sure one way or the other, but a lot of people keep saying the Senators are not on his “list” of teams to which he would accept a trade. How do we know this? Nash has not made his list public. And even if he is not on the original list, that doesn’t mean he won’t change his mind. From what I am told, he would play in Ottawa.
What’s debatable is if a Zibanejad-Foligno-Bishop-plus package from Ottawa would be a good deal for the Seantors. I know they want to add some more offence, in the event Daniel Alfredsson retires, but I’m still not sure Zibanejad isn’t going to be a better player than Nash – soon.
-Senators G Robin Lehner looks lean and mean, but it was unclear exactly how much weight he had lost – until today. Lehner, who is listed in the development camp guide as a 6-foot-4, 241-pounder, is actually tipping the scales at 205. The word “cut” was used to describe him with his shirt off.
-Thanks Pierre, for the heads up on the plagiarism.

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2 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    Well Don, I guess we assumed the home town paper would have a clearer insight on which teams he would go to than a newspaper clear across the country, and the home town newspaper said he wouldn’t come to Ottawa, and most of us know why.
    Good luck in the Shultz invitation to present sweepstakes, but it looks like there is another guy not coming here

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Zibby better than Nash…soon? C’mon Don, this is really, very silly. Zibby scored 5 goals in the Sel when at the same age Nash scored 17 in the NHL. The next year he scored 41 goals in the NHL, what do you think Zibby will do where ever he plays this year?

    The more I read about Krueger (the new coach for the Oilers) the more I like him. I have always believed a coach adapts his style based on the talent level of his players and that is exactly what Kreuger believes. Coaches like Brent Sutter, Boucher (Florida), Jacques Martin only know one way…DEFENCE). It takes zero inteligence to coach that way. Hitchcock is the same and although he won coach of they year, he will wear out his welcome with the players in a coupld fo years. It results in a boring product for the fans and it often confuses the skilled players on the hockey club. Oats, the new coach in Washington will be the same as Krueuger. He is smart and knows there are skilled and not so skilled players on every team. As Krueger has suggested, jamming a square peg through round hole on serves to “suffocate” and confuse. The new Oiler coach is cerebral and a noted motivator. He wants players to use “their instincts to play freely and not stifle them with the coaching processes”! When Brown, Wilson and all the usual suspect were giddy celebrating “Structure” and “Systems” Krueger was encouraging players to play and trust in their natural ability and play instinctively. We will have to wait and see but, I suspect he will be very good for the young and talented Oilers. He owned the PP exclusively last year as an Assistant Coach and they were # 3 in the NHL! With all the talent the Sens had/have, the PP should be much better. I didn’t see the Coaching staff try anything different to make it work other than put Konopk and Philips on the power play (dumb…was that Cam-morons contribution?). I don’t think Kroeger would have don’t anything like that. I hope the team moves the puck around the perimeter more this year, get players moving (last year they were static) instead of simply getting the puck to the point for a blast. We will have to wait and see.

    There isn’t much chatter about Petersson (the guy who will patrol the right wing with Spezza for the next 10 years); I wonder if his foolish outburst last year still resonnates with the Senators brain trust (perhaps a poor choice of words). Andre made a huge mistake when he was extremely critical of Binghampton and he embarrassed himself and the organization. He did appologize and had an excellent season in the AHL. Perhaps his outburst and Lehner’s attitude contributed to coaches decision to leave. I will suggest that Lehner losing 40 lbs is a testimony to how much effort he put into his work last year!

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