He’s no Colonel Klink

- June 26th, 2012

First, let me apologize for the lack of postings on this blog of late. We’re going to pick up the pace again, starting now, and I may be speaking out of school slightly by leaking to you that Bruce and I are going to start our own, separate blogs soon, so stay tuned.
Secondly, a quick comment on Rick Nash. I know there are reports Ottawa is not on his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade. I was told again late last night by one source that Nash does not want to play in Ottawa. But I’m going to stick with the Nash-to-Ottawa possibilities because another source who has chatted with the Columbus Blue Jackets sniper says Nash WOULD play for the Senators. So I believe there’s still a chance, especially if he really does want out of Ohio, as it sounds like the most appealing package talked about to date could be provided by Bryan Murray.
So again, stay tuned.
Finally, a word on Justin Schultz, and why the Senators are anxious to sign the former Wisconsin Badger defenceman.
How good is he?
“The competition for Schultz will be every bit as intense as the competition for (Ryan) Suter and (Zach) Parise,” analyst Ray Ferraro said on TSN radio, referring to the two established NHLers expected to draw the most attention when free agent bidding wars begin first thing Sunday morning. “This kid has the potential to step in and play next year and to be a Top 4 guy next year.”
Schultz is flying to Toronto to meet with his agent today (Tuesday), and will start hearing the presentation, as well as start making a short list of teams he’d play for, on Wednesday.
Stay tuned.

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7 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    you know as well as I know that Nash isn’t coming to Ottawa, he saw how some of the other players were treated when they left, and he’s not a player for that kind of treatment, speaking of treatment, I ran into one of “the bad guys” at a weddding on Saturday, Chris Kelly, he looks like he is very happy, and it seemed that one hand was heavier than the other, at first I thought he was favouring it because of an injury, then I saw the STANLEY CUP RING
    hahahahahahahahahaha

    glad to have you two back

  2. OD99 says:

    Man I would be ecstatic if the Sens could land Schultz…talk about speeding up a rebuild or whatever you want to call what is going on now…he seems to be the real deal and to get him on an entry level contract and have to give nothing up? Whoever he chooses is one very lucky team.

    I would hope that the Sens youth and openings on D would be somewhat of a selling point along with their style of play but the whole Gardiner relationship thing scares me plus that article a while back about Schultz potentially wanting to play there…

    Love the Ceci pick but it was surprising how many good players were still available anyway.

    Not sure on Nash but if the rumoured offer is accurate the only real change we would see if Foligno for Nash and that would obviously be a huge upgrade.

    Will be attending the prospects scrimmage Thursday evening and looking forward to seeing some of the youngsters out there – will check in and give an update on what I see.

  3. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Nash isn’t coming to Ottawa, Columbus media has already noted he isn’t interesting in waiving his NTC and quite frankly, we don’t need another soulless puckhog stat-padder on this team, especially one that has been to the playoffs ONCE and didn’t do squat while there! We already have a roster full of non-winners so why add another?
    I’d much rather Murray go after a winning vet at a reasonable price so he can supplement Gonchar in the room when things get dicey in pressure situations.

    Congrats to Karlsson on his Norris, now step it up in the post-season because the trophy that matters most is the Stanley Cup!

  4. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    By the way Don, looking at the SilverSevenSens.com blog, they link to the 6th Sens blog and that site’s owner has PLAGIARIZED one of your articles. I know we all poke fun at each other here but maybe someone at Sun Media in Ottawa needs to get in touch with Mr. Anonymous Web Writer and let him know that intellectual property belongs to someone not called Nichols?

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Nash will not be coming to Ottawa, in spite of a “source” that suggests the contrary. I have read he would look good on the wing with Spezza but at 7.8m cap hit, wouldn’t that be steep in an era of austerity/growth? Besides, weren’t we all told that Andre Petersson was going to be Spezza’s right winger for the next 10 years? Nor will Ottawa get a crack at Schultz. From what I can gather, he will end up in Toronto to play with his very good friend Gardiner (why Bob Murray traded him away is still mind boggling). I strongly suspect that Schultz must have got an earful from his Badger buddy on the state of the union in Anaheim and it strengthened his resolve to become a UFA.

    I wonder why the Paper(s) continue to talk about Wiercoch as a legitimate candidate to make the big club this year. He may someday be an NHLer but based on what I have seen/read he isn’t even close. Like the hordes of soft offensive defensemen before and after him, he may possess some skills but does the team need him and will he help the team win hockey games? Boro played 73 games, registered 22 points, logged lots of ice time and his rugged game is exactly what the Sens really need! Wiercoch was on the ice for 14 more goals scored against than for, in his 57 games, a movie we have all seen before. Boro was 0 in the plus/minus in his 73 games on a bad hockey club (which is amazing). Now I ask you, what’s with Murray’s fascination with soft, offensively minded defencemen?

    The Paper(s) also pencil in Silfverberg and Zibby by default, again, I have to ask why? Silfverberg may make the team and in the rookie camp last year he looked amazing but he hasn’t proven anything yet against NHLers. Zibby scored 5 goals last year in the SEL and I could be wrong but I suspect like me, the Murrays expected much more! Both players should play and dominate if they can, in the AHL. The same goes for Stone, Noesen, Peumpal and Ceci. Perhaps some should stay in Junior hockey for another year afterall this is the era of the rebuild so what is the hurry. Most NHLers who spent time in the manures have said it helped them and their game.

    It will be interesting to see how Lehner plays this year. Perhaps he now knows he needs an attitude adjustment (you earn your way to the top). Perhaps it isn’t the best approach to inflate young players egos by telling anyone who has an ear and a pencil how great they are (Wierchoch, Da Costa, Rundblad, Butler).

    I am happy that I was wrong about Sutter coaching the young Oilers this year. With all the talented kids including Nail, a lug like Sutter would be a huge mistake. The team may not win a whole bunch this year but damn they are a lot of fun to watch!

  6. Potter says:

    Bruce:
    Oh behalf of the rude, inane, and occasionally witty and insightful folk who post here, deepest and wholehearted condolences to you on your loss.
    Potter

  7. Mike8888 says:

    Just keep writing your garbage Bob. (not Bobby)

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