Ready to go

- March 26th, 2012

WINNIPEG _ The table is set.
A trip to the playoffs is laid out for the Senators.
A victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night means they control their own destiny.
Sure, they caught a break with Brad Thiessen in net. He is small and horrible. But, the Penguins still have a lot of good players and the Senators beat them. It was the vote of confidence they needed.
Now, they start the road to the playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets.
They figure if they get three victories in their final six games they’ll be in the playoffs. That should be right.
Nick Foligno looked good. Captain Daniel Alfredsson led the charge. Centre Jason Spezza had a strong night. Defenceman Sergei Gonchar didn’t get enough credit for the way he played.
Goalie Craig Anderson is the man now. Alex Auld will dress as the backup against the Jets.
This is going to be a tough game against the Jets. They play well at home and not so well on the road.
The road to the playoffs begins here. It begins now.
The Senators can get this done. The schedule is in their favour. They need the win here.
The playoffs are on now.
By the way, nice to be back in Winnipeg for the first time since 1996 after the Jets left. Can’t help think of John Ferguson Sr. when I’m here. He helped build this into a proud franchise before other circumstances forced them to leave. It’s been a while.
Was here for the 1991 Grey Cup. Had to be one of the coldest in history. That is the time a fan threw a frozen can of Coors Light at Rocket Ismail when he was running for a touchdown.
Great memories.

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21 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    Ottawa beat the Pens on the score sheet only; the Pens dominated them in every other category.

    I predict that Gilroy will not dress for another game this year in an Ottawa uniform and he will be joined in the press box by Bulter and hopefully, Konopka. There are a few others I would like to see eating popcorn.

    The boys will have their collective hands full tonight. Like the Sens, the Jets are a very tight bunch and havng a lot of fun. Like the Habs they are a loose bunch and have already surpassed all expectations. They are more physical and they maybe tougher than the Sens. Both their goalies sport better GAA than Anderson. Evander Kane is playing the best hockey of his brief career and Wheeler is doing things we certainly didn’t see in his time with Boston! Both of them are stars (I am sure Chiarelli is wondering who the hell the guy is with Wheeler’s name on his sweater). Big Buff is always a force at 6-4 and 490 and I wonder how good could he really be if he ever took fitness seriously! Definitely keep Carkner in the lineup. It will ge a very interesting game and I think the Jets will prevail if one of Ottawa’s defencemen continues to show disinterest.

    It will be fascinating to see how Patrick Roy peforms as GM for the Habs next year. It is rumoured that Hartley has already been pegged as bench boss (shouldn’t the GM make that call?). Personally, I think the very over rated Boucher is a lock for that position. I do feel bad for Cunnyworth but he has been around long enough to know what he was getting himself into when he accepted the head coaching job. I fear he may never get another opportunity. The organization from ownership down is in turmoil and how Gauthier finds jobs with other teams has baffled me for years.

    Nashville will be very tough in the West!

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, I fully expect Bryan Murray will get another contract and I fully expect Timmie will be back to continue his fine work. The owner is now in frugility mode and coupled with his hightened sense of optimism there is no apetite for change. When I look around the league, there are only a few GMs who impress. Outside of Dale Talon, Ken Holland, John Davidson, David Poile, Peter Chiarelli, mabey Greg Sherman and reluctantly Ray Shero, who do you like? A GM should be measured by the teams success and there is so much that needs to happen to make a team successful: Coaches, Player Development, Scouting, Farm System. Promoting a strength and conditioning coach to Assistant Coach is silly and promoting them again to Director of Player Development is even sillier. Introducing a nephew to the business is a noble thing but does it make a team better? Hiring and firing coaches speaks volumes and hiring someone like Clouston smacks of desperation. Offering family and friends contracts again is admirable but how much does it contribute the teams success?

    When we rate GMs, shouldn’t we look at the body of work? Shouldn’t all the bad hires/fires, trades, signings, buy-outs be a factor? Shouldn’t a GM be responsible for the the state of a team if he has been with a particular team for years? Do we wipe the slate clean and it call it a do over if someone failed for 4 years and then announces a new plan/rebuild? And then, how long does he get to make the team better? Does he get a free ride for 2-3-4 more years?

    I have heard for years how there was nothing in the bank when Murray arrived. After 5 years, Bingo is 30th in a 30 team league but that isn’t the only measurement, of the players in Bingo, who do we really believe will make a contribution…2? Indeed, there are two in the SEL and I am excited to see them but everyone was excited to see Rund’sbad! I love Stone, Peumpal and Noesen but they are playing Junior Hockey right now and there have been many who didn’t/couldn’t make the transition to the NHL, it is way too early to make that call (we will soon see what they are capable of as professionals).

    If I owned the hockey club, I would negotiate with Detroit for the right to talk to Jim Nill. And if I was lucky enough to get him, I would give him the power to hire who he wanted from A/GM on down and then I would step away. I certainly wouldn’t tell him what Assistant Coaches to hire.

  3. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Roy is not going to be the Habs GM. Stop listening to that fool Sean Simpleton and listen to Roy himself, who said that he is established in Quebec and will be with the Remparts for the foreseeable future. Heck, anyone that reads the Journal de Montreal or La Presse regularly could have told you the same thing. Of course, a lot can change over the summer but why would Roy want that kind of pressure? He’s already the best playoff money goalie in league history…

    As for the Sens, as we’ve been told they are not expected to make the playoffs so no pressure and if they make it no pressure blah blah wake me when they make the third round or Cup finals under Murray.

  4. OD99 says:

    That’s the spirit Visitor and what a perfect name for a fair weather fan. You visit the bandwagon when the Sens make the 3rd round or better!

    Bobby you are back to turning a few games into a career for Karlsson. I am probably his biggest backer on here and fully acknowledge that he has struggled for a couple of weeks now, not unlike a certain #19 who didn’t do squat for a couple of weeks not long ago. Players have ups and downs and right now Karlsson is in a funk but he has a few games to turn things around and show he deserves all the hype to be a Norris candidate.

    At the same time, I do believe his recent play has to do with the team as a whole. Nobody was generating offense for a while and he took it upon himself to make something out of nothing which led to bad turn overs and him being out of position.

    I was very happy to see Foligno on the 2nd line and all three of them seemed to have some added jump, let’s hope it continues and that the scoring doesn’t just dry right up again…the Jets seem to play a wide open game at home so I expect a back and forth match with a good amount of goals…Sens need to play with some discipline and not get sucked in because I think the Jets have more depth in the scoring talent department.

    Z. Smith needs to worry about his game and get back to being noticeable. It doesn’t matter who he is playing with or what position he is playing, he needs to work, skate and be physical. It is as simple as that. He didn’t play first or second line early and he was able to put up points but he has what, 5 points in 40 games or something like that now? No BS excuses, he needs to play better, period.

    We are going way back again but it is hard to change the face of a franchise when you don’t have any assets to move…the best of Muckler’s choices are in the league 6 or 7 years after he drafted them and are Condra, O’Brien and Greening…in short order Murray has acquired assets to use for other assets (Turris and Bishop so far look like great moves – especially if Rundblad turns out as bad as Bobby thinks) and has made some draft picks that seem like big time wins. His pro trades have left much to be desired but aren’t the reason the Sens slipped, it was an aging team with zero prospects – remember when Josh Hennessy was the ONLY guy who could be called up (ya, the guy that MUCKLER got back for Havlat – when Havlat had a year left on his contract!)

    Tonight will go a very long way towards determining if the Sens make the dance or not and I will be hugely disappointed if they don’t but this season shows the Sens are much closer than many thought to becoming a competitive team night in and night out. If a couple of the young guys work out this team will have a much different look next year and could be much more dangerous offensively. The D will need to be worked on but the top 6 positions could be a source of strength in a couple of years. Not since Muckler took over a stacked team could that be…

  5. PaV says:

    OD99 – it was a great game yesterday, fast paced and well played.

    Ottawa pulled out a win and Alfie getting the go ahead goal (PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAIISSEEEEEEE ALFIE).

    Just need to win two more to close the deal out. Bring on the playoffs

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    “Why would Roy want that kind of pressure”? Because Pierre, Patrick Roy has an enormous ego!

    The Sens beat the Jets last night and again scored a bunch of goals. Great stuff and it was a lot fo fun to watch! The Turris line is going crazy now because they can actually maintain control of the puck in the opposition’s end of the rink. Foligno on the wing instead of The Missingl Klink, means Turris and Alfredsson can pass it to their linemate and be confident something creative will happen. This is a luxury that Spezza and Michalek don’t have. With 14 goals scored in the last two games, Greening is zero in the plus minus column. Spezza again last night was magic. He now has 81 points, alone in 4th place in the scoring race and one can only imagine what he and Michalek could have done with a hockey player in their wing all year.

    Speaking of hockey players, the Missing Klink and Zero-brien aren’t. After two games and 14 goals scored, both are -3! In spite of Potvin’s superlatives, Cowen numbers after two wins and 14 goals scored are -4! Poor Neil hasn’t faired much better but he is stuck with them and I don’t know why. The team won a game they needed to win, but they allowed a whopping 48 shots (and they weren’t from the outside). Yet again, the team had to rely on unbelievable goaltending by Anderson (who was fantastic) to eke out a narrow victory!

    The addition of Carkner has paid dividends! Isn’t it amazing what a big, tough, hard-nosed defenceman can do? He put the stink-eye on a couple of players and that was enough to keep them honest most for most of the game. Did you notice no-one took undue liberties with Karlie? Carkner needs to keep his game extremely simple and he only got himself in trouble earlier by venturing beyond his comfort zone. He shouldn’t over handle the puck (move it quickly), don’t get caught pinching (because he isn’t fast enough to recover), keep the opposition to the outside and don’t chase anyone! The team will most certainly need him no matter who the face in the post season and it looks like it will most likely be Boston or New York.

    I wonder how good the team be and what they could do if they had a lineup that looked like the following:

    Michalek – Spezza – Petersson/Silfverberg or Michalek – Spezza – Turris
    Foligno – Turris – Alfredsson or Silfverberg/Petersson – Foligno – Alfredsson
    Greening – Smith – Neil
    Missing Klink – ZeroBrien – Daugavins/Condra/Konopka (Konopka would be a better addition but only if he employed his 3 active brain cells)

    There are some options to be sure and some ideas are certainly debatable, but what is not debatable is the reality The Missing Klink, Daugavins and Zero-Brien are not NHL hockey players and Condra is borderline at the very best.

  7. Dennis_w says:

    OD,

    Your comment was prophetic considering what happened last night. And your assessment of “the voice of reason” is also spot on. I hope he keeps sleeping and dreaming about what a great rebuild Burke’s done so far. Even with the dearth of fans Ottawa seems to have, I still don’t want him on our bandwagon.

    As far as Muckler goes, Visitor was a huge fan of his snazzy sweaters, so all is forgiven.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I simply have a different perspective on what a defenceman is. He’s not my idea of a what a defenceman should be but Letang is. Letang does everything Karlsson does, does it better and he does a hell of a lot more. I never liked a one-way, one-dimensinal, soft, scared, forwards who line up on the back end. He got some points last night, 2 of which were easy second handers but again (and I have said this all year) he never goes coast to coast like we saw Letang and Subban do. We never see him go into a corner. Potvin celebrated the fact that he ‘followed” Fatbuff to the outside and leaned on him in the corner. Big deal, anyone can lean on another players after following them into a corner! After Michalek pulled the puck from FatBuff, Karsson got the puck and skated up the ice with it and Potsie called that a takeaway!? Potsie never mentioned all the times he got beat allowing the oposing forward to lean in and go around for a shot on Anderson! To his credit though, Potsie did ask why Karlie stood still in front of his goalie and simply watched as a Jet player got the puck and take a shot! Karlie got points last night because The Peg made a decision (perhaps out of fear) not to bang him around. You and 99% of the fans like him, I don’t and that is just me. In my dumbass opinion, he will never be an asset in a physical, meaningful and hottly contested game! I will suggest that if the Sens play NYR or the Bruins, he will again be invisible. But Dave, that is just me.

    Zack is the only one on his line that actually does anything Dave. I suspect he doesn’t worry about a thing other than winning hockey games. The poor bastard has been saddled with the best the Murray’s could muster: Daisey the Air Rifle, Daugavins, Konopka, Condra and even Butler. In spite of the handicap, he continues to kill penalties, hit people, get points (again last night) and is tied with Foligno with 15 goals! He played part of one game on the second line and the rest of the time he has played with absolute bums. I have never heard him complain, have you Dave? Why is he held to a higher standard than The Missing Klink, Daugavins, Zero-brien, Konopka, Daisey the Air Rifle, Foligno, The Android, Butler and the list goes on? I don’t get it.

    Dave, are you suggesting that Murray has done well? He has been here for 5 years now. At what point will Murray be responsible and not Mucklar for the state of the Ottawa Senators. Will it be next year or the year after that? Are we supposed to forget about all the coaches, soft defencemen, old defencemen, old ex-stars, friends and family, trading draft choices for old men, trading youth away for old men, buy-outs, gaudy contracts etc? BTW: we will be measuring Turris against Tarasenko next year because Ottawa got the super star (another soft offensive defenceman) Rund’sbad from St Louis effectively for Tarasenko. Murray is bound to make a good move after 5 years! Bishop was a great move but it is about time don’t you think?

  9. Mike8888 says:

    An exciting game last night. Hey Bobby, how did the Sen’s ever beat that team that you praised so much? If they’re so great, how come they will not make the playoffs.

    Pierre, only you could possibly look at the bad side of the Sen’s beating Pittsburgh. (back up goalie, disinterested team) It appears that if you can’t post negatives, you don’t post at all. Even Bobby states the odd positive. You are already posting about who will replace Murray as GM. That’s funny, I hear comments from commentators, and not from Ottawa, that Murray may win GM of the year or whatever it’s called. I guess we wouldn’t want all positive on herer anyway. :)

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, indeed I did praise the team but suggested they would only win if Karlsson didn’t make an effort! He did and they didn’t! The Peg should be in the Post Season if they had a better coach and I think Noel is an idiot. The team is good only in their own barn.

    To say Murray is a candidate for GM of the Year is akin to saying I am a legitimate candidate to join MENSA (I’m currently the president of DENSA).

  11. PaV says:

    Bobby, mate, you need to take a deep breath. We all know you do not like Murray or his family, but can you argue with what he has done this season? Can you give him kudos to put a team that may make the playoffs when they were slated to be last in the east? Turris deal worked out great for us.. where is Runblad now? He is playing in the minors, we won out on that deal. I am not sure how you can argue with results. This team was not to be anywhere near 6th place, let alone 7th and could be first in Northeast by time all said and done. We are a half decent team and if we pull the Panthers in the first round, we have a good chance of making it in to the second round.

    Look at all the teams that are below them… Minnesota is sitting in 13th… Heatly is working out well right? What about Toronto.. or Montreal.. Toronto was to make the playoffs.. same with Montreal, on paper Montreal is a better team…. but yet, they are not in the playoffs….. Gautheir and Burke are better in your eyes than Murray? I am thankful we don’t have a blowhard like Buke running this team, we wouldn’t make the playoffs for 8 seasons! Look at Tampa, they have Stakos, St. Louis and Lecavlier… but they are not going to be in the post season either…. is it the coach? The team? The GM?

    All I am saying is that Murray and his choices aren’t all that bad in the grand scale of things. Does our team have its faults? Yes. Do they need to tighten up? Yes. Does the team need to play better? Yes. But hey, I was expecting no playoff hockey in the spring, but it looks like we will be playing at least 4 more games than the rest.

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    Oh yes, I am saving up my thirst Mikey…I fully expect to be drinking beer for free courtesy of you, Davey, Potts and the Pavinator! Unlike Kevin and Pav, I do not drink (chew and eat) that dark, gravy-like, devils brew from the Old Country. I like my beer clean, crisp, very cold and served in a frosted mug…not room temperature and thick enough to put on a plate and eat with a knife and a fork! Besides, it is rumoured to make your breasts bigger…I don’t want breasts at all!

  13. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav, my man, I have never, ever said I do not like Bryan Murray and his family. I played Senior A hockey with Billy Murray up in Shawville for the Pontiacs and he and the team and everyone in Shawville were wonderful people. But, I do not like what Murray and his nephew have done and will not celebrate failure after 5 years. Call me crazy. Nor will I simply wipe the slate completely clean and give them a do over. Murray made the team one of the worst in the entire league! You now say you don’t like Rund’sbad…you loved him when Murray acquired him! Rund’sbad was a first round draft choice and Murray was the one who went out to acquire him from St Louis for his16th selection! I remember all the hype and propoganda (much in the same way we are hearing about Silfverberg and Zibby who only scored 5 goals this year). Murray was the one who made the effort to get the kid who you now scoff at suggest he has been demoted to the minors. Only because he stunk, did Murray make the trade and for that he is to be celebrated? Tampa has had their GM for less than 2 years Pav…les freres Murray have been here for five (5) long years! Murray hired 4 head coaches in 5 years and more if you count goalie coaches (one was a good friend of your good buddy – the very fly Eli)! I guess you must really like: the Missing Klink, Konopka, Zero-brien (his first, 1st round draft choice), Rund’sbad, Wiercoch, Gryba, Daisey the Air Rifle, Daugavins, Condra/Greening oh yes they were Mucklar’s selections, Butler, Da Costa, Gilroy, Leclair and his 5 million, Auld, Gonchar and his 4 million, Kovalev and his 5 million, Philips and his 4 million. The Sens won the last two games entirely because their goalie stole them. In both games they were outshot, outchanced, outplayed but were not out scored! This has been the trend for most of the year! You can go ahead and celebrate the aforementioned hockey players, I can’t and I wont. They do not represent the future as far as I am concerned. It has been Bryan Murray who made the team very bad and there was no place for the team to go but up…and for that he is recognized as doing well? I don’t think so. I stronly suspect you know how I feel about Lord Burke and The Ghost. For your information, Toronto finished ahead of Ottawa last year, as did Montreal…but you still supported Murray then, didn’t you? If they finished behind them this year, I suspect Pav, it still wouldn’t change your disposition. I don’t use others failure as a yardstick. It is like saying our country is the best in the world compared to Haiti (yyyyyyaaaaaa). I look at where the team was and where they are now and who is responsible. For them to simply make the playoffs means very little to me. In a few short years this hockey club went from best to worst and now the aren’t much better. We have been harping on the Murrays to get younger and faster and better goaltending. They have better goaltending to be sure…but still have a lot of bums!

  14. PaV says:

    Bobby, please accept my apologies, I just got the impression that you were not a fan of the Murray family. You say that you do not like what Murray and his nephew have done.. but every hockey person out there from Pierre McGuire to Ray Ferrero or Bob MacKenzie have said that Brian and Tim have done an excellent job in Ottawa. Granted, it was based on this year and not previous seasons.

    Maybe I do have Sens Rose Coloured Glasses on, but hey, I am just happy we have rebounded well this season. We have a coach in place that has a winning attitude, we have players who want to play for him and we have that ‘never give up’ attitude on the ice.. what more can you ask for? Has Murray made mistakes? Yeah, but some of them were not his fault, Kovalev was all Melynk…. Kuba and Gonchar have paid dividends this season…..

    And I still owe you a few beers… lets see if we can get Pots out as well and hit up a pub for game 1, round 1.

  15. Mike8888 says:

    Sounds like a plan Pav.

    Bobby, if Rundblad is as bad as you say, then turning him and a 2nd rounder into Turris was pure genius.

  16. Daniel Murphy says:

    Boys! Boys! Boys! Before we make Paul McLean the greatest coach ever, perhaps he might be the benefactor of a fairly decent team which turned their fortunes around last year just after the all-star break. In the last 25 games of the season, the Sens went 14-10-1 under Clugston. This equates to 1.16 points earned per game. So far this season, MacLean is averaging 1.14 points per game. All I am saying is that although there might be an aura or image that we have better coaching, I really don’t think at the NHL level that coaching really makes a big difference. Either you have the horses or you don’t. Numerous teams this year have made big time coaching changes. Teams performing badly have basically not improved one iota despite getting these God-like coaches such as Boudreau, Caryle, Muller, Dale Hunter, Cunneyworth. Hitchcock was ran out of Philadelphia, Columbus and Dallas because he did not have the horses. With St. Louis he appears to be the second coming of Scotty Bowman. Is that because he is a great coach or is it because St. Louis has the horses, goal-tending etc…to win.

    By the way, if Murray was a genius, why did he give up on Elliot???? Bottom line, when it comes to evaluating NHL players and their potential, except for the obvious, nobody really knows that much more than anyone else.

  17. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav buddy, we can only assume that Kovalev was on Melnyk. I have heard (from Murray’s own lips when it happened), that he called the owner and asked if he had a chance to get Kovalev, would he endorse it and he enthusiastically said yes, go for it! I know Gene loved him but he loves(ed) everybody Murray brought on board from Lapointe, Robitaille, Smith, Richardson to Da Costa, Wiercoch, the Missing Klink and Butler! Was Leclaire on Melnyk? Last year when Philips was -36 and rewarded with a 3 year 12m home town discount, was that on Melnyk? Was Melnyk responsible for the gazillion coaches, goalies and defenceman. Is Gilroy on Melnyk? Only when things get better do they become Murray’s genius. Gonchar is not worth 4m and Kuba is have great numbers in the +/- this year because he is with a kid who is going nuts offensively. C’est ca mon ami.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Kuba and Gonchar are paying dividends Pav and never believe what the “insider hockey experts say”. Every single one of them will say only what they know will help them and their careers (never bite the hand that feeds). How many times have you heard Mackenzie, Ferarro and Mcguire crap on Lorde Burke for his miserable failure in Toronto the last 4 years? When did they crap on Sutter for the body of fine work he did as GM in Calgary?

    Mikey, I never liked Rund’sbad and it was Pav who was questioning his ability. He is right on though; Phoenix has him in the manures (justifiably so). After 30 games in the NHL this year, the kid that “owned” the SEL last year has 4 pts and sports a minus 12! After 21 games in the manures, Rund’sbad has 12 points and is -14! This is a guy who like Silfverberg (this year) “dominated” the SEL. We all remember les freres Murray gushing about the kid and how he and Wiercoch were going to make the hockey club in 2011-2012 season! Ottawa could have and should have held on to their 16th draft selection in the first round but gave it up for Rund’sbad! As I have suggested, Murray could have selected Vladamir Tarasenko who has been playing in the KHL since he was 18. The St. Louis Blues (John Davidson) selected Tarasenko; they think “he will bring a ton of skill and toughness to the Blues organization”. Tarasenko, is 6′ tall and weighs over 200lbs and is a physical specimen (all muscle). He has blazing speed, unbelievable shot, is extremely creative and he aint ascared! He has been described as a tank! It will be interesting to see what he does next year compared to Turris. I wouldn’t describe the move by Murray as a stroke of genius. That would be like saying a fool who paid 450k for a property worth only 250k later became a genius because he found someone to buy it for 300k! KnowI’msayin’ Mikey?

  18. OD99 says:

    Bobby I think the suggestion that Murray destroyed a Stanley Cup team is false. Besides cosmetic changes the team was essentially the same for a couple of years after the fact and the players didn’t get it done. If you recall the team that went to the finals came on strong in the latter part of that year and were rolling when the play-offs began, carrying that momentum into the beginning of the following season (when some crazy people were talking about them in the same breath as some dominant Habs teams of the past) and then absolutely fell apart.

    Murray has followed on his plan to get mobile defencemen and while there have been some misses the group now, while not there yet on the “shut-down” side of things do produce more offence than any other D corp and play a large factor in the Sens having such a good season.

    I am not sure who you would still want from the old teams but Corvo isn’t the answer on the back-end and Eaves isn’t the answer up front.

    You may say I have Sens coloured glasses as well but I prefer to think that I am patient and don’t expect any quick fixes in pro sports. Regardless of the recent troubles the Sens have for the most part been a very good franchise and since Murray decided that the old corps couldn’t get it done with some minor tweaking he has made decisive moves that look like they are going to pan out very well.

    Here is to the Sens rolling and the Caps and Sabres losing some games this week.

  19. OD99 says:

    And did I just read correctly that Karlsson had 3 assists and was a +5 against the Jets?

    That can’t be…so he is now +18 for the season AND has 27 more points than any other D in the league? Wow…extremely impressive for a scared kid!

  20. Bobby Goodman says:

    Dave, we just have different opinions. I never liked Robitaille, Smith, Richardson, Lapointe. I really liked Eaves. He scored 16 goals his first year here but got no recognition but The Android scores 16 playing with one of the best centers in the NHL and he is a star…go figure? This team, under Murray, have really ramped up the star making machinery like I have never seen. I really liked Eaves (and so does Detroit). I liked Corvo in spite of what Don’s jingle. He was/is certainly better than Commodore, Bell, Pickard, Campoli, Lee and Wiercoch, Runds’bad, Gryba and Gilroy. Murray had a plan to get a mobile defenceman? Really? He has made it a life-time mission! I think it’s time he looked for mobile tough defenceman. If he wants another offensive defenceman why not make make Spezza a defenceman! I am convinced he would do far more, at least he would go into a corner and fend others off in front of his goalie. He is magic with the puck and arguably the best passer in the entire league! He has a far better shot and has proven over his career he can and will take the puck from one end to the other! Yep, he would be a far better defenceman than Karlsson. Why not make Hoffman, Petersson or Silfverberg defenceman and use the Karlsson model? Dave, it took Murray 4 years to figure out that tired old bums wasn’t the way to go? He figure it out only because he failed miserably and that is it. And now we celebrate him? Look at all the coaches he hired and fired! Look at the contracts he authored. Volchenkov walked from the Senators and we got nothing! Why didn’t Murray do a sign and trade? Did you like Mike Comrie? Do you sincerely believe Condra, Zero-brien, the Missing Klink, Daisey the Air Rifle, Butler, Gilroy, Da Costa and 90% of the boys in Bingo are the answer? As for Karlsson, you know I am not a fan of a defenceman who always sits on the perimeter, will never make an effort in his own end of the rink, will not block shots (unless it is an accident), will concede ever corner to the opposition (but sit outside letting others do the heavy lifting so he can race away when the puck is made available), will never take the puck end to end unless there is open ice and cannnot be used to kill penalties. We saw his play compared to others who do all the things he does but also do what defenceman are supposed to do and that is why they call the position “defenceman” not an “offenseman”. He is gifted but he has the best of both worlds…he can participate if it looks easy and he doesn’t have to if it doesn’t. He couldn’t hold Letang’s jock strap and in my opinion, he will do diddly in the playoffs and I suspect, he will not have nearly as good a year next year. Just my dumbass opinion! I would take a few defencemen over him in a heartbeat: Letang, Doughty certainly are two of them!

  21. OD99 says:

    Bobby the difference is that I don’t believe Condra et al are the answer but I also don’t believe Murray thinks they are the answer. They were the best options available.

    As far as taking those players ahead of Karlsson you are right that is your opinion however the Sens didn’t have the opportunity to pick those players so getting Karlsson with the 16th pick when Pietrangelo, Doughty, Myers, etc…were all picked early is a steal. I know you don’t give any credit to Murray for drafts but that is part of building a team for long term success so I do – again a difference of opinion and how we evaluate the organization. What about getting Z. Smith in the 3rd round as an over-ager? You love him and he can’t do any wrong so was that a good pick?

    I also feel the “Karlsson is just a good forward” argument isn’t something I want to discuss because it is ridiculous (just my dumbass opinion). Karlsson is doing things in the league that hasn’t been done in 20-25 years…that’s all I need to know to be comfortable with my perception of him being an elite D.

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