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