So long Jason

- December 27th, 2010

Jason Spezza is on the shelf.
The Senators will recall a centre, likely in time for practice Tuesday. They have to get ready to play the Carolina Hurricanes and need to start putting units together.
The popular choice is Corey Locke. The former 67′s superstar, one of the highest paid players in the AHL at $305,000 this season, is the man the fans want the Senators to give a chance.
I honestly don’t think that will happen, but if it does they have nothing to lose with that move. Give Locke a shot with offensive players. If it doesn’t work, then bring in Zack Smith.
But, I believe they’ll give Smith a shot.
Whether they call up a Locke or Smith a guy who has to get his butt in gear is centre Peter Regin. Maybe he’s just not that good or played above his head in the playoffs, but he should be better than he has been. He’s just been gawd-awful.
Regin is in a 19-game drought. I know Sergei Gonchar has been a huge disappointment, but in my books Regin isn’t far behind. He wanted the big contract. He wanted to avoid arbitration. He was a standout in the playoffs. This year we’ve seen nothing. So with Jason Spezza gone, it’s time for Mr. Peter Regin to show he can get the job done.
Locke isn’t going to be a saviour if they bring him in. Regin could go a long way in showing people what happened in the playoffs last spring was the real Peter Regin.
We haven’t seen that yet this season.
The Senators need to start seeing it now.
l ON THE HIT: Spezza thought Letang’s hit was dirty. I honest don’t believe he’ll get anything for it from the league. You can watch the hit by clicking on the link below. Let me know what you think.

Letang hit on Spezza

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32 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    It was a terrible hit from behind Bruce. That’s the kind of hit that can end a player’s career. He should be suspended if the league is serious about cracking down on this garbage..

  2. ChokerHater says:

    Clean

    Why is Locke getting paid so much to play in the AHL?
    I thought the top of the salary range in the A was
    just over 100k, except for people like Redden
    I’d like to see Locke get a chance too

  3. Kevin F. says:

    Thought the hit was borderline, mitigated by Spezza appearing to be somewhat off balance,definitely from behind a major would have been appropriate, but I don’t see a suspension worthy infraction.

    Now the multitudes have their way, and they get their wish no atrocious giveaways for a month or two, I bet more than a few will be missing ol Jason sooner rather than later, if you think Locke or Smith or even Regin can fill his shoes I suspect you are going to be very disappointed.

  4. Colin says:

    Bad hit. Spezza does not stumble or hit any ruts. He is going for the puck and Letang shoves him right on the numbers.

    The league and how it determines what is within the “rules” is a joke. How can you take anything Colin Campbell says and does seriously when he feels that Savard is “the biggest faker going”. How in the hell can he not suspend Cooke after a deadly, premeditated, blindsiding elbow to Marc Savard? Anyone that thinks that the league will do anything about the Letang hit from behind on Spezza is dreaming.

  5. Nancy D says:

    A hit from behind into the boards is dirty. No debate AT ALL on that play. It doesn’t matter if you’re off balance or playing the puck or bigger than the other guy. When you are facing the boards and vulnerable like that you should NEVER be hit on purpose.

    Obviously, there are times when a guy turns at the last second after he’s completely lined up and the hitter simply can’t stop in time. This is NOT one of those cases.

    If it was anyone but a Pittsburgh player, it would’ve been 5 minutes. We all know that Pits gets the better end of the deal because Bettman needs a super American team with Superbaby Crosby to promote to American viewers. Anyone who tries to debate this fact knows nothing about hockey and Bettman’s politics and virtually everything Bettman has done to the game in the last 15+ seasons.

    As for who we should bring up, I would prefer Smith. Locke was a great junior, but he simply doesn’t have the wheels to keep up to the NHL pace. Plus, with his small size, and severe lack of mobility, he’d end up on the injured reserve list in a hurry up here. Smith has paid his dues and hasn’t been given a legitimate shot to play a good 5-10 games in the NHL to show what he can do. Obviously he wouldn’t go on the top line, but he should get a respectable 10+ minutes of icetime. I really want to see what this guy can do with a legitimate shot.

  6. CC says:

    I think the Sens will be better off with some young blood coming up. JS should have been traded, but I guess when there is nothing on the table you have to stick with what you hate to have.
    The hit was made worse by Spezza turning is back to the hit rather than stepping into him.

  7. Mike8888 says:

    Hey CC,
    What are you talking about? His back was turned the entire time. Totally gutless hit. In these cases, the hitter shouldn’t be able play until the hittee returns from his injury.

  8. pcb says:

    There is a danger zone when a guy is more than a couple of feet from the boards. A hit from behind there sends the off balanced player dangerously against boards. It’s what the league has been trying to stop.
    However I can see the original trajectory had Letang safely riding Spezza to the boards. Spezza’s turn back made Letang reach for the shove. Still you’re not supposed to do that if you respect the rules. So we’ll see what the league says.
    I say a couple of games for Letang.

  9. Tuna99 says:

    Wasn’t a dirty hit it looked like Spezza was leaning into Letang and knew for sure he was there, but lost his balance as Letang shoved him, poor luck more then dirty I’d say.

    On another note, does it look to anybody else that Clouston was smirking when talking about Spezza’s injury, the same smirk he has when he talks/jokes/endures talking about Patsy Le”millions for nothing”claire. that can’t be good for locker room chemistry.

    If my theory holds true, the Sens won’t miss Spezza that much because he is not a player you win with. I say the record stays right where it is, at the .500% mark. Spezza had 1 more point then Kovalev entering the Pitt game, so in terms on production it is not a huge lose.

    I’d take the oppurtunity to audtion some guys. O’Brien been looking good, Butler, Daugavins, bring in some young kids and get them some NHL action.

    On another note 2 guys who are in 2009 form, karlsson of course is again our best player game by game, and Matt Carkner’s right hand is the meanest thing in hockey right now. It’s got super hero powers, I’d like to see him put that right hand into Matt Cooke’s face.

  10. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    I lked J.R. comment on the team.

    “I know a lot of people in this town hate or dislike Jason Spezza but the team needs him to win hockey games.”

    Roy MacGregor, who is fantastic…not as fantastic as Bruce’s Sunday column though, I cried a little when I didn’t saee the rumour mill yesterday…but Roy MacGregor wrote a great piece called “In Bureaucratic Ottawa, Creativity is a No-no.” It basically made the case that we’d been burned by Yashin and Daigle and because many of us worked in unimaginative jobs day in and day out we couldn’t get behidn a guy like Spezza and even Karlsson. You hear a lot of people complaining about Karlsson, how he takes too many chances, he’s a midget, he’s cocky…I hope that we won’t be running Erik Karlsson out of town. Sure the kid needs to know when to push and when to pull back, but he’s one of the few offensive catalysts in this town.

    Mark my words, if Spezza and Karlsson hit the road after a while people will bemoan the lack of creativity here.
    Maybe it’s time we held our noses and let these players go since they win us hockey games…

  11. Jay says:

    Give it two weeks. If the team can’t win without Spezza, then let the selling beginning!

  12. PaV says:

    The hit was dirty. Spez numbers were showing. There will be nothing done by the leauge. Like always the NHL will drop the ball on this. Its pathetic

  13. Dennis_w says:

    Visitor,

    Completely agree (I think that’s a first).

  14. BGoody says:

    As much as I like Latang and think he is a clean player who respects the opposition, he could have taken more care on the Spezza so called hit; I am with Kev and think it was borderline. Now Kassian’s hit, although within the rules and not a head shot, was late. As big as he is, he can do some serious damage. I am not surprised by the 2 games suspension. Ottawa won their last game but did not do well beyond the first 12 minutes of the game and allowed 45 shots on net. They need to spend more time in the other teams end of the ice. Someone needs to have a chat with Potvin and Brown; they are constantly complaining about calls made or calls missed by the officials and are nausiatingly homers. I understand if they have a particular bias but be reasonable…Potvin has completly lost any credibility. Smith is in a no win situation; whether he produces or not, eventually he will be sent down. It has to get to him and what can he do on the 4th line with Daisey at center? It is strange that Regin is now going to play in a position that comes natural to him (Center with Kovalev and Michalek) but plays the wing on the 4th line? Someone, anyone, please explain this to me. I am with you Tuna, there is no love loss between Clouston and Spezza. I am not a Clouston fan and can’t think of thing he has done that can be described as inteligent and/or productive. Spezza had 2 assists before he left because of injury last game but, whatever he does, he incites the critics. If the coach and general manager are expecting magic from Regin, they will be sadly disapointed. Michalek can’t put the puck in the ocean right now and Kovalev is slow and lazy (a very bad combination). Karlsson definitely looked sharp offensively last game, for the first 12 mintues anyway but is still atrocious in his own end. I will predict an Ottawa victory. Carolina should have lost last night but Ward was great and the Monster was not (he is over rated). I am going to call it a 4-3 victory for the Sens.

  15. Nancy D says:

    Oh, don’t get me started on the World Juniors.

    It seems most people watch that tourney with their NHL hats on. People just don’t get it. It’s an IIHF tournament, with IIHF rules, IIHF referees and IIHF standards. They treat the under 20s like an amateur tournament, so they’re much tougher on all physical contact. That’s why a guy like Kassian, and Downie a few years ago, really shouldn’t be on the roster.

    The most important part of playing in the WC is the hockey IQ to be able to modify your game to play with a different ruleset and a different pace. When you’re dealing with refs who often call penalties they don’t even see – based solely on the sound of the hit – you have to know how to play a safe physical game.

    I understand Kassian wants to make a good impression on the Canadian, and Buffalo Sabres fans, but he has to think team first. You have to put your pride and personal ambitions on the shelf and focus on the task of winning the tourney.

  16. kinburnsen says:

    Whatever, this is the final nail in the coffin. If we are lost without the overrated 20pt Spezza then it truly speaks volumes on how lousy this team is. Karlsson is our top point getter??? Michalek looks useless out there now, I’d say trade him but who would take his salary? Gonchar looks utterly lost and had another terrible game last night-he’s getting booed every time he touches the puck now. Foligno is a 3rd liner nothing more, Regin is a flop but looked better at center. Murray has made a disgusting mess of this team, how he keeps his job is beyond me. The fat lady has sung Eugene fire him now!

  17. Mike8888 says:

    Uh Kinburn, you said Gonchar gets booed everytime he touches the puck? That is total BS. I was at the game last night.

  18. ChokerHater says:

    oh good for you Mike4444
    hope you enjoyed it, cause your
    going to get a lot of games like that
    until Spezza gets back. And there
    will be a lot of giveaway tickets floating around
    Enjoy, you deserve it, and you can dwell on
    the hit on Spezza and make all kinds of excuses from
    now till the end of the year.
    Looks good on your rotten team.
    The night before after travelling all night in a bus to
    get home from Jersey, the Leafs gave them a go, but
    once again your team didn’t show up

  19. ChokerHater says:

    get some waffles :)

  20. BGoody says:

    Obviously this team is not good enough talent-wise, but there are also some who don’t even make an effort. Kovalev is an embarrassment; he still tries to beat players by himself, when he is going at half speed. How many times did he lose the puck last night. Great hands is great in an Senior hockey but in the NHL one needs to skate. His lack of effort has to rub some the wrong way. Gonchar’s lazy play allowed Dwyer to take the puck from him and score. Smith must have set him up for 3 great opportunities but Gonchar couldn’t take advantage. Kuba, didn’t have a single hit in the game and neither did Karlsson (who the coach and Philips suggest is not a liability in his own end). The only time you see effort from Karlsson is when he is inside the other teams blueline. The ‘Canes figured him out early and pressured him often which led to his 5 give-a-ways (had that been Spezza, the fans and media would have had him tarred and feathered). Although he was registered with 5, I counted much more. Whenever there is sustained pressure in Ottawa’s zone, it is because Karlsson is on the ice and he merely stands on the perimeter waiting for a loose puck. We got a chance to witness Kuba vs Corvo (-2 and +2 respectively) and oh yes, the 26 year old Patrick Eaves, now has 14 points, 11 of which are goals…where are Commodore and Stillman again? Where did Ottawa’s 2 second round picks go (Cullen and Sutton)? What did Ottawa get for Heatley and…Was Mike Comrie and Campoli worth a 1st round draft choice? I don’t know what there is to get excited about with this team/franchise; they are old, slow, soft, some don’t make an effort and the cupboard is empty. The team will have a new coach soon which will translate into…what…6 coaching changes in Murray’s 3 years…Paddock, Murray, Hartsburg, Clouston and somebody…who, if the model is followed, will simply be cheap and a puppit. The 4th line played well…what a surprise….could it have anything to do with Zack being called up??????

  21. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Junior, your Aunty must have given you some more computer time. Is it because you’re off school due to the holidays?

  22. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Firing Murray now won’t do anything.

    What The Euge has to do is tell Murray NOT to make any panic moves to improve the team. Let them suck.

    Do not, under ANY circumstances:
    -Trade players 25 and under
    -Trade prospects
    -Trade kids from Bingo
    -Trade draft picks
    -Take on additional salary

    Let the team sink! If they can somehow become more futile than the Islanders, Devils, Leafs…heck throw the game to the Leafs it helps us. Well, don’t purposefully lose but let’s face it…LANDESKOG. COUTURIER. NUGENT-HOPKINS.
    Those are forward prospects we despereately need!

    Be sellers at the deadline.

    Stop pussyfooting around the core. Tell them these words:

    “Player X, here are your choices. You can be a comfortable loser her in Ottawa or we can try and trade you to a contender where you might win. No one will forget the good you’ve done here, you’ll always be a Senators at heart but we need to get younger.”

    Ask Fisher, ask Kelly, ask Neil, ask Alfredsson, ask Phillips, ask Spezza, ask all of them.

  23. Pierre D. - Visitor says:

    Firing Murray now won’t do anything.

    What The Euge has to do is tell Murray NOT to make any panic moves to improve the team. Let them suck.

    Do not, under ANY circumstances:
    -Trade players 25 and under
    -Trade prospects
    -Trade kids from Bingo
    -Trade draft picks
    -Take on additional salary

    Let the team sink! If they can somehow become more futile than the Islanders, Devils, Leafs…heck throw the game to the Leafs it helps us. Well, don’t purposefully lose but let’s face it…LANDESKOG. COUTURIER. NUGENT-HOPKINS.
    Those are forward prospects we despereately need!

    Be sellers at the deadline.

    Stop pussyfooting around the core. Tell them these words:

    “Player X, here are your choices. You can be a comfortable loser her in Ottawa or we can try and trade you to a contender where you might win. No one will forget the good you’ve done here, you’ll always be a Senators at heart but we need to get younger.”

    Ask Fisher, ask Kelly, ask Neil, ask Alfredsson, ask Phillips, ask Spezza, ask all of them.

    What’s this, I’ve been handed a press release!

    A new play: The Ottawa Maple Leafs!

    Bryan Murray as John Ferguson Jr.
    Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil as the Muskoka Five!

    THRILL as the Senators race to 9th place in the East.
    MARVEL as Murray hands no-movement clauses to everyone who asks.
    DAZZLE as the Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar fail to defend.

    Yes, it’s those lovable, comfortable Senators…reprising the roles of the laughingstock Leafs, burdened by no-movements and strapped by lack of youth.

    To quote the Sex Pistols, THERE IS NO FUTURE.
    Might as well blow it up in the off-season because this team is going to be mired in mediocrity for the foreseeable future.

    The elephant is in the room, who is going to talk about it?

    Happy New Year Bruce, Don, Tim, Chris and our fellow bloggers Bobby, Pav, Mike, Kevin F., Nancy, Tuna99 and even that crazy Sharkies fan. CHokerHater, you should youtube search for those two gals from San Jose who watch playoff after playoff collapse from the Sharks, endearing if sad.

  24. kinburnsen says:

    Mike8888-Nope watched the game and clearly heard boos, not Spezza worthy boos but boos nevertheless. If you didn’t hear the boos after the 4th goal then you are deaf man, tell your boyfriends to quit yapping about their xmas gifts during the game. Personally I think it’s counter productive to boo him-we’re stuck with him for two more wasted cap space years so why chase him out of town already? He’s talented and may turn things around. Right now he is one of our worst D men, I think Kuba gets that title though.

  25. Mike8888 says:

    Sorry Kinburn, I was at the game, 2 rows up and never heard 1 boo. Neither did my son who was with me. I guess we can all be creative on here and make things up.

  26. ChokerHater says:

    I heard them, and I wasn’t at the game, nor will I brag about how I was “2 rows up”
    big deal
    Next you’ll be bragging about your seat number
    try spending a little less on tickets and a lot more on QTips
    Send Fisher to Nashville
    Kelly and Phillips to San Jose

  27. Mike8888 says:

    Junior, I see your Aunty let you use the computer again. You’ll be back in school on Monday though I guess.

  28. Mike8888 says:

    Ummm, Junior, I wasn’t bragging about being at the game and sitting low. I was just stating a fact. But I guess to a 14 year old like yourself, it must seem like bragging, because that would be a lot of allowance money for those tickets.

  29. bruce.garrioch says:

    Don’t you two get tired of this? Enough is enough with the cheapshots about Mom’s basement.

  30. Nancy D says:

    There’s one thing I don’t get. When the fans in Philly or New York or Chicago start the jeers and catcalls when their team palys like crap, it’s called being a passionate fan. When Ottawa does it, at a much softer volume, we’re running guys out of town?

    Don’t make noise and people complain.
    Make noise and people complain.

    Kuba and Gonchar have been given tons of rope by the team and the fans. How long should the fans sit there and watch the two of them stink up the joint before saying anything?

  31. ChokerHater says:

    thanks Bruce
    I’ll stick to hockey

  32. Tuna99 says:

    I’m gonna jump in here because there is nothing better than an internet cat fight over who’s mom’s basement is more condusive to being a loser…

    Drop all of this nonsense for a moment and let’s concentrate on what is important in this world – MARIO LEMIEUX IS ON SKATES, I watched mesmorized with my buddies (in their basement) and I tell you, it makes the beers taste 100 times better when Mario is head faking guys, just beautiful, we were litterally ooing and ahhing.

    I haven’t beent his happy since Theo Fleury had his comeback attempt and he was mouting off after a whistle and he went into a guys face and bumped into him and fell over onto the ice – Fleury’s patented move, god I love hockey.

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