Okay, so where were we?

- February 18th, 2011

Oh yeah, Brian Elliott left the ice at Scotiabank Place Friday morning. Minutes later, dealt to the Colorado Avalanche for Craig Anderson.
Believe it or not, this move makes sense.
Anderson is excited. Elliott is gone. Makes plenty of sense really.
Look, Elliott could not get the job done here. He is not a No. 1, never has been a No. 1 and couldn’t handle the pressure of being a No. 1. All he had to do from time-to-time was take a little responsibility.
Cory Clouston made his bed with Elliott. At some point or another that’s going to cost Clouston his job. My guess is since the season ends on April 9th, they’ll probably thank Clouston for his services on April 11th. That’s a story for another day.
In any case, we were talking about the goalies.
Anderson is going to get a chance to play here. The pro scouts had better be right about him. If he can stop the puck and be stable, then this will be a good acquisition for the Senators. Ottawa just needs a guy who can be solid in the net. He has shown he can take the ball and carry it.
We’ve been forced to watch Pascal Leclaire’s career melt down before our eyes. Maybe Elliott will be better off with a fresh start. Maybe he’ll come to the realization you can’t always blame someone else.

Categories: Hockey

Subscribe to the post

20 comments

  1. tuna99 says:

    Ottawa’s pro socuts are the worst in the league, so I;m not hopeful for Anderson. No pressure, playing for a contract, couldn;t be worse the what’s here, I hope we don’t sign him and get a real #1 goalie that is young and ready to go.

  2. Nancy D says:

    Stupid move. Anderson is 29 and a restricted free agent at the end of the season. So basically we lost Elliott for nothing.

    Hey Murray, take a look at Burke’s move and learn. Kaberle, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer, got a first round pick, a second rounder and star prospect Joe Colburne…….for a freaking OVERRATED rental player!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obviously I wouldn’t expect that kind of return for Eliott, but damn! I woulda taken Colborne straight up for Kaberle easily and considered that overpayment….but a 1st and 2nd as well? Jebus….

    It’s official now. Anyone who EVER defended Murray can bury your head in the sand. It’s pretty damned obvious Murray should’ve been canned years ago. The guy hasn’t made one great trade in his Ottawa career. When his “best” trade is Fisher for a 1st, you know he’s a crappy GM.

  3. Kevin F. says:

    Ok now Kadris off the table, because you guys love the the draft so much you get Flyers 1st Bruins 1st and Leafs second for Spezza another 3 picks in the top 40 how about it?

  4. tuna99 says:

    Hey Kevin,

    No Thanks. We’ll happily keep Spezza and you guys continue your pseudo playoff chase/rebuild.

  5. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bruce, have you seen our defense?

    Karlsson doesn’t hit or move people off the puck.
    Phillips is old, slow and reduced to shot blocking or hooking.
    Kuba is disinterested.
    Gonchar is invisible most nights.
    Campoli is efficient.
    Carkner is decent.

    Don’t put all this on goalies when night after night opposing players are allowed free reign within feet of the Senators net.

    The team badly needs some defensive grit back there.

    P.S. Nancy, Kaberle is still an excellent puck-mover that makes minimal mistakes in his own end. At a cap hit of 4.25 (?) he’s a steal. I do agree that Murray is a step behind. He has never been able to dictate terms, from Heatley to Phillips to others. Team badly needs a gm that will take charge, have a plan and get it done come hell or high water.

  6. BGoody says:

    I am with you Nancy; this trade emphasizes Murray’s incompetence. He effectively traded a back up for a back but inherited twice as much salary (albeit, only until the end of the year). Why? We got to witness Karlsson at his best last night; again he was -3 and now leads the entire NHL in that category. If anyone ever stood beside him, you would have witnessed a very frail kid who couldn’t put on 20 lbs let alone grow a pair. He is atrocious, afraid, doesn’t even try in his own end but obviously, he represents the future! Ottawa is dismantling but what have they really achieved. A late first round and a 3rd for Fisher and relief from his 4m/annually, a second for Kelly which in all likelyhood will net nothing, a 6th for the clown (the best move by far…I would have given him away for a bag of pucks and thrown in Daisey the Air Rifle); and an older and more expensive version Elliott. This is the plan? Isn’t it amazing how Smith is now being touted as the one to replace Fisher and/or Kelly…never is Winchester mentioned? Why and why now? You also have to ask why Lee sat for over 20 games. Murray is an embarrassment and yet, there he is leaning over and studying his charges. The joke is, he build this team…and he is the one responsible for make it better? Farcical!

  7. Kevin F. says:

    pseudo playoff push perhaps Tuna the rebuild however in case you haven’t noticed is going quite well a legit 1centre would push the Leafs into a definite playoff contender next year.

  8. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Don called Murray a genius today in the paper.

    He basically did the Leclaire trade again and we know how the last one turned out.

    Funny thing, if Murray was the genius Don claims he is then he would have won a Cup in the past 30 years, he would have seen that blocking shots is a part of any game plan, he would have seen that hiring aging Russians to retirement contracts is foolish, he would have taken a step back and questioned his decisions internally.

    Not here though, not in the Shawville Express Country Club.

    No one is held accountable at the top and no one is held accountable on the ice…if they were, why is Karlsson still playing? Why is Kuba and Gonchar still playing?

    Oh well, Spezza is a point per game, too bad he can’t make the team win.
    I hope we spend to the floor and we clean house top to bottom in the spring.

  9. Mike8888 says:

    Nancy,
    Re Elliott, they were going to lose him for nothing anyway because the Sen’s would have had to make him a qualifying offer with a raise in order to keep his rights, and there is no way he was wanted back here next season. This was a good trade for Ottawa. They get to audition a UFA that they are definitely interested in and can if they want, negotiate with him until July 1st. In essence, the Sen’s obtained Anderson for nothing, so even if he doesn’t work out or resign with them, they didn’t lose anything. Obviously Murray has made many mistakes since he’s been here, but so far, I believe he’s done as well as possible since he started the rebuild.

  10. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    You contradict yourself re second round picks. You said the 2nd rounder for Kelly will probably amount to nothing and you don’t believe it was a good move, yet you criticized Murray last year and the year before, for trading 2nd rounders for players to aid in the Sen’s playoff runs. Which is it Bobby, are 2nd rounders good or bad? Or in your opinion, are all of Murray’s moves just always wrong?

  11. tuna99 says:

    Kevin,

    Really, a #1 center away form being complete. How about a goalie, a PMD?

    Yes, Toronto is in great shape. Can’t wait until Brad Richards signs in Dallas to hear the collective grown from Leafs nation of another foiled plan to beocme a Cup contender, like the missed Gretzky penalty, Mats not waiving his NTC.

  12. Kevin F. says:

    This may well be the worst hockey game I have ever seen.

  13. Nancy D says:

    Mike, I would’ve been satisfied if we would’ve received a simple qualifier….. say, a 6th round pick if Anderson didn’t sign with us over the summer.

    Problem is, Murray has given away too many pieces over the past 4 years for 3-month rentals. I don’t care if the qualifier is a bag of pucks of what, as long as we can point to something tangible in July after Anderson bolts.

    As for Elliott, I think his NHL career might be over after this season. If he would’ve stayed in Ottawa, I could see Murray (or whoever) resigning him, but anyone else? No.

  14. tuna99 says:

    Anywyas,

    Not a good place to talk hockey but the comments (mine at least) never get posted in time so there can be no fun discsussions here.

    Have fun everybody, I’m done with these boards, Bruce and Don are to lazy to keep up with this and they don’t grasp what they are missing by not keeping up here with the times and interaction necessary to run a sucessful hockey blog.

  15. Bgoody says:

    Tuna, I hope you will change your mind; I don’t always agree with you but love the exchange. The posting delays are frustrating and I don’t understand the need for “moderation”. Kev, it was indeed a snorefest last night but at least your team delivered 47 shots; our charges delivered only 5 in the 1st period and 22 overall! When the year is conceded, you would think that the kids would go all out and show what they got, I did not see anything that inspired. Condra was promoted to Spezza’s line, for what? Greening looks like he might have wheels, but rarely showed it off. Butler scored some goals but to me he is a perimeter player only and will never be a regular scorer in the NHL. With 7 up from Bingo, there was little to be excited about…good thing some have great schooling. I thought that the 22 year old Smith played great and he is finally get an opportunity to log more minutes…what took so long? Isn’t it amazing how one can develop when given the opportunity? I have seen everything (all bad) with Ottawa now…Kovalev is killing penalties! I don’t know how I can summon any interest for the remaining 28 games especially if the Murray brothers are in charge! Lastly, it has always been my contention that a rebuild/blowup is a result of very poor management decisions. A good GM should always be tinkering and upgrading…making the team faster and keeping them competitive. Murray did the polar opposite.

  16. Bgoody says:

    Mikey, I can see how that might be confusing; I will explain. Kelly is a a fast and reliable 3rd line center and his 2m is a drop in the bucket relative to what the team is paying some bums. Also, Kelly is a character guy, he never complains, puts a great effort every shift ever game…there needs to be some continuity during the transition. I would have kept him over a second rounder because the guys in the second round rarely pan out and he scores 12-16 goals/yr. I would rather have 2 second round draft choices than to old guys who were never going to stay here in Ottawa anyway! We knew Cullen wanted to go back hom. He has 12 goals this year and he was what, -9 in his 27 games with Ottawa! Sutton was -10 in his gig with the Sens and he is old and slow. You can see him coming a mile away and connects with a body check only once in ten atemps! What has Ottawa got for those two…nothing…I will take two 2nd round picks over squat, wouldn’t you?

  17. Kevin F. says:

    Tuna if you look in, I hope Richards signs anywhere but TO, Spezza is the answer I am convinced of it, not kidding at all. PMD, well there’s where free agent money can go (Erhoff) Gardiner and blacker are on the horizonGot 4 young goalies with potential, the cost one 3rd rounder and some cash, so a middling vet like Anderson or Hedberg could be signed to a affordable short term deal if needed, so yeah I think the Leafs are in great shape, no one over 30 after Giggy goes and only one really bad contract, speed to burn, lots to be optimistic about.

  18. Kevin F. says:

    Bob, I’m told the leafs had 50 shots, but if there where 5 dangerous ones I didn’t see them a disgraceful effort by both teams. The Rosehill Lessard exchange was beyond stupid, Cherry was the only interesting thing on the night, He was right on about Mario but as Cox points out the pot calling the kettle black on the hypocrisy.

  19. Nancy D says:

    Kevin, you might be right about Spezza. He seems to be the kind of guy who needs a constant push or constant pressure to succeed. While Ottawa fans do heckle and boo, and we create controversy, we don’t provide a constant “push”.

    He can’t hide in TO. He’d have a nutcase GM and a nasty coach on his back every game forcing him to succeed. And, of course, the one-trick pony in cherrypicker Kessel. It would b a good fit…………..but we ain’t giving him up. Toronto doesn’t have anything to give back in a deal.

    If Murray trades Spez, especially to Toronto….let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty for him up here.

  20. BobbyG says:

    KEv…5 more than Ottawa! If Spezza goes to TO, so will my support. I will not be forced fed crap like what I witnessed on Friday night; I have the power to open my wallet and blow off the cob webs or change a channel. I wouldn’t spend a nickle to watch Lessard. Guys like Winchester, Condra, Greening, Obrien, Benoit, Locke do not entertain me in the least. They are a testimony to how effective Dumb and Dumber have been in the draft. I get sick watching Karlsson and think he should play in a 50 and over, non-cantact league here in Kanata. I know he would be successful. Cherry might have been amusing to me 20 years ago but now he has become a caracature of himself. He and the CBC take every opportunity to repeat some of his predictions that map out like: Lemieux, Grezky, Stamkos and Crosby will be great hockey players. But fail to remind viewers that he called upon The Leafs to make the playoffs and Kadri should be up with the big club where he would shine and may more. He is a cross between Bozo the Clown and Liberace. Lemieux is indeed a hypocrit but so is Dum Cherry. He is always coaching the kids but shames professionals for wearing a visor. He celebrates Howes elbows and every hit by Sccott Stevens and his “buddies” are all the ham and eggers in the NHL. What I really find amusing though is his transition from a jock sniffer to Burke to hating his guts. It would seem that Burke does not care about the sniffers and all the pandering to him by Dum Cherry in the first 2 years was wasted. Cherry thought (erroneously) he could make candid calls on Burke’s moves/decison with impunity…wrong. Burke, in his inimatable fashion has left no doubt how he feels about Dum Cherry and his dumbass opinions.

Leave a comment

 characters available