Good Morning Ottawa

- February 26th, 2012

Just packing up my stuff to head to Toronto for the trade deadline.
I know we can’t blame Alex Auld for the loss Saturday night.
The Senators weren’t very good. They didn’t put up a fight until the third in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. By then, it was far too late.
So, what now?
GM Bryan Murray is looking for a goalie. I know that for a fact. A long losing streak without Craig Anderson and this team could be in trouble. I’m not sure they’d be in as much trouble as the Leafs because Ron Wilson isn’t behind the Ottawa bench.
But, the Senators need depth.
To me, the No. 1 guy on the list in Josh Harding. Maybe, just maybe Minny GM Chuck Fletcher will do the Senators a favour and give up Harding at a discounted rated.
Fletcher and Murray have a long history. They worked together in Florida. They’ve always stayed in touch. There is mutual respect. Harding has a good chance of being dealt.
The Senators don’t need anybody to push a healthy Craig Anderson.
They do need somebody to relieve him from time-to-time.
Auld is just not reliable.
That goal he gave up to Brad Marchand said it all.
So with the deadline set for Monday at 3 p.m. the Senators will have to think about doing something.
I’m off to Toronto to be part of Rogers Sportsnet coverage at the deadline. I’ll be in studio with Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Daren Millard, Scott Morrison and the boys. We’ll have some fun. Hopefully get some of the latest gossip out there. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the competition between the networks on deadline day.
My estimation is we’ll be in studio until 11 p.m. tonite to see if anything happens. Have a couple of beers till midnight. Then to bed and a 5:30 wakeup call to get back at it.
I will be tweeting and part of the conversation on Sun websites. If the Senators do make a deal I will try to post a quick reaction blog here. Aedan Helmer will be handling the live chat at Ottawasun.com from 10 a.m.-to-12 p.m. He does a great job. Don is going to spend the day travelling to Boston. We need to have someone in place there as well because the Senators do play the Bruins Tuesday. Yes, there is life after the deadline.
So make sure you go to Ottawasun.com on Deadline Day for all the latest. Writers from across Canada are chipping in. My twitter is @sungarrioch
l TURRIS CALLED ON CARPET: Kyle Turris has a meeting with Sherriff Shanahan.
The Senators centre has been called in the carpet for his hit on Boston defenceman Joe Corvo in the second period Saturday night. Corvo was slow getting up but didn’t miss a shift and Turris got a two-minute boarding penalty.
Many felt the hit didn’t even deserve a second look, but with the Senators playing the New York Islanders Sunday night at 5 p.m., Turris has a hearing with NHL VP of discipline Brendan Shanahan Sunday at noon.
The league is likely looking at the hit because Boston broadcaster Jack Edwards had an on-air meltdown after the hit.
“That’s just chicken. Chicken is what that is,” Edwards told his Boston audience. “He leaves his feet. Suspension. Shanahan will be busy with Turris.”
If Turris is suspended, centre Zenon Konopka, a healthy scratch, will be placed in the lineup.

Here’s a look at the hit from NESN: http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/how-many-games-will-kyle-turris-be-suspended-for-hit-on-joe-corvo.html

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8 comments

  1. Mike888 says:

    I don’t think the hit was that bad. Corvo looked like he was going to cry afterwards but seemed ok. It looks like many teams have homer broadcasters, just like the Sen’s.

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    I never understood the “they have a relationship” thing. I do business everday with people I do not have a relationship with…it is just business. I provide a reliable and cost effective service for which they pay a reasonable price. I do not necessarily need to like them nor they need to necessarily like me! Brian should do business with Satan himself if he can wrangle a good deal!

    I must add, again, that Butler is God awful. What does the team truly expect from him? If it is goals, he is failing miserably. If it’s assists, he fails miserably. If it is physicality, it was never there. If it is creativity, again, he fails miserably and like Greening, he is very uncomfortable with the puck on his schtick. Neither is Butler very strong on his feet. Spezza could have had 5 points yesterday if he had a hockey player on the right wing (perhaps Andre Petersson?). Greening is another; he is awful. The great big lug doesn’t win battles, rarely uses his “Android” size/strngth, doesn’t carry the puck, couldn’t put the puck in the ocean and never uses his so-called speed! I suggested earlier that when he was removed from Spezza’s line he wouldn’t score another goal this year; I still that way. He had a break away and what does he do, he shoots from 2o some odd feet out! He didn’t get the goalie to move either way, he just telegraphed he was going to shoot (Dean Brown could have stopped it). Condra is invisible against any big, physical team and Dogauvins is getting worse with each game (poor Smith was saddled with the two of them). Both Condra and Dogauvins were actually standing still watching as Boston scored a couple of goals! As much as I love the heart and soul of Carkner, he is even slower than he was. The 6-5, 230 lb Cowen lacks footspeed, rarely delivers a punishing body check and is now -7.

    Spezza gets no respect. He was plus two yesterday, got 3 assists and is alone in 4th in scoring with 69 points. His +9 is amazing when you take into account he played much of the year with Greening ( -7) and every other lug (Condra, Butler). He should have had 5 points! In spite of his play, he did not warrant a game star. I am not surprised though.

    As much as Karlsson is unbelievable offensively (and he is indeed unbelievable), he’s equally as bad defencively. His unwillingness to go into corners allowed a goal to be scored (he was on the ice for 3 goals scored against).

    If I was Brian Murray, I wouldn’t worry about goaltending. If I were he, I would make a deal to get the big, fast, fearless 25 year old Canadian boy, Brandon Dubinsky away from Yosemite Sam in New York.

    I heard Bob Mackenzie say that Nash is in an “untenable situation in Columbus. Damn it has to be very tough; how the hell does Rich Nash do it????? Afterall, he has to collect 6 million dollars, playing a game he loves knowing he’s going to get his wish and eventually be traded and…he will get the entire summer off? I wish I had untenable situations like this…

  3. OD99 says:

    First of all – that was one of the hits of the season that Neil laid on Boychuk…dead stop and shoulder right in the chest. Good on Boychuk for being able to skate off…I think I might have died if I took that hit.

    I don’t think Turris deserves a suspension at all and never imagined it would get looked at but I am openly biased…still, I just don’t see it. In fact, with my Sens coloured glasses on I think it really stinks – especially when hits on Winchester and Alfie didn’t get a second look. Also, do they normally fast-track these things like this? Do they require the hearing before the next game is played?

    To me it wasn’t that the team didn’t show up it was that they were just off by enough…they played pretty physical most of the night – I have to think Spezza set a record for the most hits he has ever thrown in a game (probably in any 10 games) and seemed to have some OK jump but the passing was horrendous.

    It was the fire drill in our own end again last night and there were far too many times that the Sens D and forwards just handed the puck over to the Bruins when they weren’t even being pressured. The Marchand goal wasn’t pretty but I swore I heard the puck hit a stick before it went in…

    Was fun and exciting to watch the Sens rally late though…say what we want but they didn’t give up and those goals were beauties.

    Big game today – can the Sens bounce back and play a good one against a team that surely has revenge on it’s mind and a NHL goalie in net? Need to pick up these two points since somehow, inexplicably, the Sens will once again be creating a game-in-hand situation for most other teams in the East. There is only a few weeks left, when do the other teams actually catch up? Do the Sens get a long break right before the play-offs (very bad) or do the other teams get jammed up with back-to-back’s and playing every second night to finish the season (could be good).

    Kevin, I am not looking to simply bash the Leafs but since you obviously still read this thing what is your take on what is happening? Now that both the Jets and Caps are in the race the Leafs (and Sens) don’t have much room for mistakes. I think Wilson needs to shut-up about his goalies and pick one to ride for a few games.

    I would probably pick Reimer since he is the one they signed to be the guy and Gustavsson will be a UFA (if the Sens don’t get their man in Bishop I wouldn’t mind picking up the Monster in the off season…). Other than that it seems they need to get the second line going…Kessel can’t do it all by himself.

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    I love the trade…a second rounder for a 6-7 goaltender in Bishop (I love huge goaltenders)? I would take that everyday baby! I wonder what Lehner thinks about it? He will now be pushed by a guy whose numbers blow him away in the AHL. One thing is for certain, the future looks very bright for the long term ‘tween the pipes. I always have a hard time with how the Norris is chosen; when it suited (meaning Lidstrom) it was based on points. If that is going to be the criteria this year, hands down the award should go to Karlsson.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    OD, Mikey, had I been hit like the one Neil laid on Boychuk, they would have had to dig a grave and bury right then and there. The hit was violent, but absolutely clean. Neil has a pair…he took Chara up on his invitation to dance and performed extremely well! Good on Chara for acknowledging it after the game. I see a lot of hits where the guy getting hit, turns back and makes himself extremely vulnerable. The hitter shouldn’t be penalized in those cases.

    The Leafs shouldn’t be as bad as there have been and I would love to hear from some who know hockey and love the Leafs (Kevin) offer there reasons as to what is going on. My take (first cut is the deepest) is the blame falls entirely on the simpleton Wilson and Lord Burke.

    What the hell is going on in Chicago? Do ya think they might have kept the wrong man in the front office? Bowman has a famous father but what the hell has he ever done? Its easy to dismantle, hard to build. Dale Talon built the Stanley Cup winning team there! It amazes me how sons of successful people (depending how you may define it) are given respect by default (Justin Trudeau, Bowman and Fletcher…go figure).

    Most certainly there are homers in every rink; but none are worse than Potvin and Brown. To me, they are an embarrassment. Why can’t they simply call the play? Why do they feel compelled to “sell” every player on the team…even bums. They have done the hard sell on: Butler, Condra, Dogauvins, Greening, Da Costa and now Obrien! Give it a rest boys. It is hard to believe Potvin even played the game let alone a member of the Hall of Fame. He could/should be better.

    Working from my home office (like I do most of the time) and watching Sportsnet, I have to laugh. The networks spend so much energy promoting the telecast and more often than not, have precious little to announce. Some I guess are entertained by endless useless dialogue. It is hilarious to see all these “hockey experts” with a laptop in front of them! I know all about demand creation, but fellas, after years of falling flat, haven’t you learned a lesson. Under promise and over deliver…it is so easy to set the proper expectations so you don’t look like idiots!

  6. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    It’s the Corvo hit I was talking about. Corvo looked like he was sobbing like a girl, and then played on the ensuing power play.

    Re the Neil hit and fight with Chara. Weren’t some people on here questioning Neil’s courage? Chara looked like he was saying, “please don’t hit me” after he went down during the fight.

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    I know Mikey. I saw the hit and thought it was a decent hockey play. For anyone to think every hit in the fastest game in the world has to be entirely fair, are dreaming. I have always liked Corvo and never bought in to the jingle “oh no Corvo”. It may rhyme but so does Bob the knob (…hush your mouth)! Corvo can skate, moves the puck up the ice very quickly, is a great passer, creative and has a great shot; he is infinitely better than Lee or Gilroy (and Bell, Campoli, Picard, Wierchoch, Rundblad). Having said that, I was never in favor of bitching and complaining, nor am I a fan of announcing a fight. Take the thumps (good and bad) and if you feel it is necessary, exact your revenge on the ice. It should be a good game tonight. I expect a domino effect; Corvo wants the 175 lb Turris, Neil wont allow that to happen, Thornton (if he is playing) or Lucic will step in to support Corvo, then Carkner will engage and that will invite Chara’s participation. It should get very interesting tonight mon ami!

  8. OD99 says:

    I never liked Corvo and while I didn’t like his moniker bestowed by the Sun either I just felt nervous each time he had the puck. He is a journeyman D – no more, no less.

    The hit was perhaps the most perfect hit I have seen – open ice and two guys going full speed…devastating collision. It is too bad that every hit means you need to fight but Neil held his own and took a couple of Chara shots without going down, couldn’t expect much more than that.

    Mike, I don’t think Chara was saying don’t hit me but I do think he was saying, “Good fight, thanks for stepping up and not suckering me when down.”

    Tonight should be very good and I hope Lehner has another good game…would really give the team a boost.

    Hopefully Turris does step up if challenged by Corvo. Corvo is a big, thick guy but not a fighter so I don’t see too much damage going either way but would be a good message from Turris too – I can back up what I do.

    Then the other fireworks can go off! Is Carkner even playing tonight?

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