Hey Bruce …

- September 29th, 2010

How was work yesterday Bruce? I had a great, refreshing, stress-free day off – except for all the anxiety that comes with trying to buy a new truck.
I think I just need to make a decision.
Anyway, I was reading some of the comments from the folks who like to read this blog of ours. I wondered what Bobby G. was talking about when he said he’s been “waxed”. Sounds like somebody’s not letting his comments go through. I’m not sure why. He can go a little overboard, but he’s harmless.
For the powers to put the kibosh on something he wrote …. Bobby G must have stumbled across the line.
Bruce, any idea who this “Iggy”? Or Chris?
I wrote a blog on Monday saying that I was a little tired and needed a day off, because to me, after 10 days of training camp, the Senators didn’t appear to have any real serious flaws.
I pointed out some of their shortcomings, but i said I didn’t see any real serious flaws.
So this Chris, first thing he writes is “are you being paid by the team? No flaw?”
Yeah, we’re really being paid by the Senators, eh Bruce. Cough, cough, cough, cough …. clown.
I’m getting $4.2 mil a year. What about you?
I didn’t say they had no flaws. I said that, to an overworked pair of eyes, they didn’t appear to have any REAL SERIOUS FLAWS.
I think there’s a difference.
Anyway, Iggy Pop follows up by calling me a cheerleader. How moronic.
For one thing, if I was cheering, it would be for the Bruins, my team since childhood.
Secondly, I don’t cheer. I report, and I offer my opinion.
Barring serious injuries, I think the Senators are going to have a pretty good season. I see some shortcomings, like everybody else. But to me, at this point, they don’t have any REAL SERIOUS FLAWS.
At this point.
How is that cheerleading?
These people know that we get paid a salary by the Sun, right? Whether the Senators win or lose.
Do they also know we get longer summers – with more time to golf and drink beer and do a whole bunch of other fun things – if the Senators miss the playoffs or exit early?
I like covering the playoffs, just like you, but I also like time off, just like you.
Why would we cheer?
I don’t get it.
Anyway, I’ll see you at the rink.

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30 comments

  1. Kanata_Don says:

    Defence is soft — first time through the league Senators may be ok … We don’t have anyone who takes over the hitting lost due the Volchenkov flight to NJ. Ottawa is going to be a relatively easy team to play against.

    Goaltending is only as good as the health of the goalies… When Leclair went down last night, I was holding my breath…

    Cheers,
    K_D

  2. chris says:

    lol,,,wow looks like you really let the comments get to you Don….did you see any flaws last night?

  3. BobbyG says:

    Right on KD…if last night was an indicator, opposition forwards will relish playing against Ottawa. Cowen didn’t see a lot of ice-time in the second half; I think it may have something to do with his 7 give-a-ways I counted, only one partial hit and being on the ice for two goals scored. On Kulimen’s goal, not only did the give the puck away, but he couldn’t contatin him and alowed him accest to the goal and ultimately score. He is not mobile at all. It was sop transparent when Murray was asked a couple of days ago who impressed him in camp…I answered the question before he did (Gonchar and Cowen….predictable). Karlsson is even softer this year and simply allows free access to the puck if there is a threat of any physicality. I thought he was dying when he got hit once but he was simply doing a soccer thing. He is good inside the opposition blueline, but everywhere else, he is a major liability and I am not convinced he does anything that Campoli couldn’t do! Gonchar is soft and slow. We have seen Smith and Winchester….is there any comparison? Clouston offered great insight into what Smith must do to make the team: “he has to do what he needs to do on the ice”???????????? Ambiguous on purpose. I love Smith and he needs to be in the lineup. From that I gather Winchester did what he had to do scoring 2 goals last year…Smith did that in 1/4 of the games and he plays the game much different than Daisey the Air Rifle. You can always tell if someone is in the game even with your eyes closed…how many times does the play-by-play guy mention your name….I counted 4 shifts the other night that Daisey never even touched the puck. Don was right on with his iunference about being waxed, I was removed, again. Spezza was marvelous, as was Michalek….Alfie looks to be in fine form…Carkner is a ROCK…Wiercoch can buy and sell Cowen skill wise…I still don’t like Kovalev with Fisher…and don’t like Kovalev at all. I hope Fisher plays with agression this year and truly believe he should be with Neil. I thought Pascal looked pretty decent…not spectacular, but decent. I watched a bit of Edmonton and damn I wish Ottawa had Pajaarvi-Svenson….a big, fast, talented and courageous forward……

  4. Nancy D says:

    Eh, I think Don is trying to bait people to respond. With all the crazies who constantly slam the paper and its reporters on the comments section in the main area of the Sun, these guy must have some pretty thick skin by now.

    That said, I have to agree with Kanata Don. The lack of a punishing D man and some overall team defense and shot blocking worry me. Our goalies are going into a combat zone out there this year.

    But, we’ll see. It’s hard to gauge the team in preseason, although I do find the lack of spirit against Toronto the past few games very unsettling. The guys can lose 70 games this year…..but just beat those damned Leafs….please?

  5. Old Geezer says:

    Mmmmmh let me see! 19 shots – 4 goals. Eastwood says Leclaire was sharp. Mmmmhh, I wonder what adjective Eastwood would use if Leclaire ever gets a shut out. I am not panicking, its early, its only exhibition, Leclaire is still rusty and the Sens were playing their 2nd game in a row so fatigue was a bit of factor.

  6. tuna99 says:

    If this team has a flaw it is Pascal Leclaire, never been a fan of his and wasn’t a fan of the trade. Can he make the huge save – YES – but can he make the other 29 routine ones the team needs every night to be a serious playoff threat – MAYBE and leaning more towards MAYBE BUT I WOULDN’T NEVER EVER BET ON PASCAL LECLAIRE.

  7. PaV says:

    Its pre-season guys, take a deep breath.

  8. Old Geezer says:

    An .829 save percentage (exhibition or not) always makes me feel real warm and fuzzy.

  9. DC says:

    Funny how people comment on the number of shots and goals, but how many were deflections or in the case of Kadri’s goal it was a shot stopped by Campoli’s stick that was defelected right back to Kadri who got a second shot from the side of the next.

    Hmm…yep absolutely his fault.

    Defense is soft, yes maybe, but then so is every teams at this time of year…

    You’re either all Leaf fans, or sens fans who like nothing better than to complain. If you expect Ottawa to win the stanley cup this year you’re all seriously mistaken.

    Any result Ottawa fans, at least the ones who read and post here are getting as bad as Hab fans…

  10. Bryan says:

    people take stuff too seriously…. welcome to the Internet… get used to it…

  11. shuggga says:

    glad you are REFRESHED??? after your day off !!!!! and If the Sens did pay you $4 Million a year … mabey you could up the buget on that truck??? try to convince them….hahahaha
    ps- your posts are AWESOME!!!!!!

  12. PaV says:

    @ DC – careful, you call out some of the regulars you will get crapped on!

  13. Iggy says:

    Geez Bruce, thin skin or what.
    Any one who writes that the Senators don’t have any serious weeknesses deserves a little slap.
    And that’s what you got.
    Look, the defence is very weak/small
    Forwards are average but very little grit after Fisher and Neil
    You’ve got an overpaid forward who shows up every fourth game.
    You can’t expect your captain to carry the team on his back anymore, he’s 38 and in a slow decline
    I know, I know, it’s sacralige to talk bad of poor old Alfie but, he still tries hard at least
    Last but most, your goaltending
    one has had his confidence ripped from him and the other is a glass house just waiting for the next, puck, stick, body to end his year.
    But no serios flaws.
    Glad you got some rest, but you should have come back to say your sorry instead of on the attack
    May I suggest another couple days off.

  14. Old Geezer says:

    DC, mediocre goalies have a way of making goals scored upon them appear unstoppable to the average fan. This due to poor positioning, poor reflexes, poor movement, poor anticipation etc…etc…etc… This is basically the difference between average goalies and superior goalies. Perhaps all the goals scored Leclaire appeared unstoppable but perhaps a better goalie would have snared a few of them. To further my point, if an NHL player came down the wing and fired a shot past a medicore goalie, it may appear unstoppable while a good goalie may have a got a piece of the shot. By the way, Leclaire’s .829 save percentage is the total of both games. You will find his save percentage last year near the bottom of all NHL goalies. All I am saying is I think Leclaire is extremely over-rated and I will be shocked if he leads us to the promise land.

  15. Michael S says:

    For some real Senators coverage try The 6th Sens, SensChirp, Five For Smiting or Black Aces. Forget these guys.

  16. don.brennan says:

    Okay everybody hang on for a second ….. can we at least all agree that Michael S gets the award for Stupidest Comment On An OFF THE POST Blog Ever?

    If he said “for some opinions on the Senators try ….. “…. but for “some real Senators coverage”?
    Five for Smiting? haha.
    Sorry, but that’s pretty funny.

    PAV … tell Michael S what he’s won!

  17. PaV says:

    @ don – classic! He has won a signed Tie Domi hockey puck. Something as dense as he is

  18. Dan Boyle says:

    Poor Brennan seems to be getting pretty riled up to see the competition (Michael S) advertising to try and poach some of his 20 loyal readers away.

  19. Nancy D says:

    Awww, come on, guys. Is there some sort of rule that all of us humble fans can only go to one place for Sens news and forum debates? There are some sites out there, and it’s always fun to talk to Sens fans on other boards. :)

  20. don.brennan says:

    Oh for sure Dan Boyle. That is exactly it. Riled? That’s putting it mildly. I’m so unnerved by Michael S that I’m pulling my hair out and jumping up and down. And 20 readers? I didn’t think I had that many. That’d be one for every year I’ve covered the Senators. Almost. No wonder the Sun pays me so well.
    Nancy, I’m absolutely all for people going to all the sites and reading what everybody has to say. I’m sure the ones Michael S listed are very good. I just laughed at the “for real Senators coverage” part. And I’m sure that’s what Michael S wanted, for people to laugh at his joke.
    You can have good, strong, valid opinions from everywhere on the globe. But I think for “real coverage” you kind of have to be around the team, right?
    Can’t remember seeing any of Michael S’s guys at practice.
    Hey Dan, say hi to Heater and Couture and McGinn for us, would ya?

  21. bruce.garrioch says:

    I think Michael S is just advertising for his site Donnie. Don’t read these guys? “But, I’m going to read these guys while I tell you not to read these guys.” Thanks Michael S. We’ll take the plug and not read your blog.

  22. It’s pretty funny to see Don and Bruce get so riled up about someone pointing people towards blogs that they put their pom-poms down to hammer out angry responses.

    No worries boys. The state of the Ottawa Sun and the newspaper industry is strong. You’ll get to cheerlead from the pressbox for a few years yet.

  23. While I agree using the word “coverage” to describe those blogs might be a stretch probably the only difference between them and you guys is that most people I think realize they are for entertainment purposes, it takes some people longer to realize your lack of legitimacy.

    Now… let’s get back to the Malkin to the Kings watch shall we?

  24. SLC says:

    In all fairness Don, you’re correct. Unlike you, I’ve never pretended that anything I write is “coverage”.

  25. Kevin F. says:

    You blogging geniuses get to all the practices and actually do some work then you will have some credibility otherwise, your are “guys in your moms basement”. I disagree with the Sun guys all the time but I respect that they are pros. Reveal your credentials lads.

  26. Michael S says:

    What you got there is called “fear aggression.”

  27. Visitor - Pierre says:

    “ut to me, at this point, they don’t have any REAL SERIOUS FLAWS.
    At this point.
    How is that cheerleading?”

    Serious flaws:

    Core forward group dependant on erratic centre, two 35+ year olds and a 30+ year old.
    Lack of scoring depth, skill and youth throughout roster, but mostly up front.
    Erratic goaltending.
    Defense that seems casual about its defensive assignments.
    Lack of team speed throughout roster.
    Injury-prone players throughout, again a factor of age in cases.
    Gonchar will need an adaptation period, could take time.
    Kovalev performance level a mystery.
    Regin and Karlsson progression a mystery.

    Yeah.

    *****

    Bloggers are fine.

    Why do they need to go to a practice anyway? To hear Phillips or someone say: “We have to play hard, come out strong next game, etc.?”

    The thing I like about blogs is that they speak it as they see it. They don’t have to worry about Melnyk or Murray rapping them on the fingers, they can actually CRITICIZE management without losing privileges and they offer in-depth analysis of games using advanced stats and so on. When I see the Sun using QUALCOMP, CORSI and other stuff I’ll fall off my chair.

    No offense to Bruce and Don, but my reading of the Sun is limited to this blog and a newspaper on Saturday.
    It just doesn’t have enough analysis and the criticism isn’t trenchant enough for my tastes.

  28. Kevin F. says:

    Nothing wrong with bloggers Pierre,they are just like you and I guys with a computer and opinions,that’s fine. Where I take exception is when they present themselves as experts, give me your experience, education and work you do to form your takes.If you are trying to ramp up web traffic to sell, well then I feel like I am being hustled and I really don’t like being treated like a rube. If you are trying to sell to me identify yourself and what you bring to the table in a honest manner.

  29. Michael S says:

    Remember, the job of newspapers is to sell houses and new cars.

  30. Kevin F. says:

    I do remember that papers are a for profit business, I also know who owns the paper who writes for the paper and I can easily research the backgrounds and qualifications of those involved. Is there this kind of transparency with websites and those who write on them?Not often.Papers in this country are held to ethical and lawful standards of honesty,I think on the whole they do a good job, I assume that most if not all writers in the industry have had to study journalistic ethics in their training.How about bloggers?

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