Staying with Elliott

- November 3rd, 2010

Pascal Leclaire has done it again.
He has lost his No. 1 standing.
This is what happened last season.
This is what has happened again.
The man cannot stay healthy. The book is in on him. He will be lucky to put together a string of games again unless Elliott really falls apart or the whole thing goes sideways.
Nope, there’s nothing you can do about injuries, but this is Leclaire’s history and he’s going to have to live with it. A unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the clock is now ticking on his career. Europe might be an option next year. Someone looking for a capable backup may take the chance.
Leclaire’s days with the Senators are certainly numbered. Sore groin. Sore hip. Bad neck. Bad ankle. He has just about had them all. Too bad. He’s got good talent. He has just never been able to put it together.
As for a prediction, I will say Senators 5, Isles 2.

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22 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    I agree Bruce. The Sens will win easily tonight.

  2. PaV says:

    CC does not like Leclaire, it was quite apparent last year in the playoffs that he only put Leclaire in when he has no other choice. Yeah Elliot is playing well, but really, Leclaire was one of the best players on the ice before he got hurt… why wouldn’t you want to get him back in between the pipes? The Sun Sports is saying that CC is uncommital to when Leclaire will get back in the nets. I don’t know, we all know Leclaire is a china doll, but I think we haven’t seen what he can do.

  3. Mike8888 says:

    True enough Pav, but Elliot is playing so well, it would be a shame to take him out at this time. I think when he cools off, Leclaire will get his channce.

  4. PaV says:

    MIke, I find that doubtful, its the same reason why CC fvours Shannon… and please correct me if I am wrong, but he seems to favour his ‘Bingo’ players that he coached. But hey, I still like the guy, and I hope it pans out.

  5. BGoody says:

    Speaking of Shannon, it is criminal he didn’t get a Star last game.

  6. PaV says:

    Bobby, not sure if you are being sarcastic or not ;-)

  7. tuna99 says:

    Yes Leclaire has been a bust for Ottawa, but he still could take the crease and win us a couple of playoff rounds if he gets hot. He may not be a reliable reguar season goalie, but he still could be a a big game goalie that just gets into his groove and wins huge.

    He’ll be in the NHL next year, Philly might take a one year “flyer” on him and he could be an all-star, so goes this man.

    I hope he does his playoff run in Ottawa this year thoguh, he will have a huge playoff run in his time, hopefully not against us and for us.

  8. Mike8888 says:

    I agree Tuna, if he can stay off the injury list.

  9. BGoody says:

    Hi there Pav, I am not being sarcastic at all and I am as serious as a heart attack! He is saddled with Daisey the Air Rifle, plays only minimum minutes, gets points in spite of that (compare his numbers with Ruutu, Neil, Kelly, Holiday on Ice etc). He played the point on the second PP unit and made things happen. He skates miles and he comes all the way back on the back check (back pressure). He does: puck pursuit, puck pressure, puck support and puck managment and puck distrubution…that’s Puckin’ excellent don’t you think? He keeps it simple, has an active stick (which is a bizarre thing to say and is akin to suggesting that Monica Seles has an active racket) makes good decisions, not only does he read/react…he anticipates (which I think is more gooder). Unfortunately, he has to dummy his game down for Daisey…the creative centerman. Gonchar is now minus 8…after 11 games, I hazzard to think what he will be after 82!

  10. Daniel Murphy says:

    I am not sure this apparent love affair with Pascal Leclaire is truly warranted. I would say most of us saw very little of Pascal when he was supposedly in his hay day with Columbus. I guess we have to believe the media hype.

    Anyway a quick check of his career stats (save % .911) does not make me go ooh or aah! His short stay her so far has been fairly unimpressive yet many bloggers think he has the skill and capability to lead us to the promise land. What is everyone basing this faith on?

    Islanders will be toast tonight. Sens will win 6-3 (empty net). Be careful however, it is the Isles 2nd game in two nights. Despite fatigue and all, quite often the so-called under dog rallies big time and upsets the favourite.

  11. PaV says:

    @Daniel – Dan, the comments about fatigue are getting old mate! We know how you feel about it.

  12. PaV says:

    @Bobby, you are going to hate my response, but give #55 a chance, I think he can make a real difference

  13. Daniel Murphy says:

    Pav, I am being serious about fatigue. It is a fact that teams suffer from fatigue especially if they have to play two games in two nights. Why does it bother you that I mention it? The Maguire’s and the media mention fatigue all the time. Is it not a fact? If it is not a fact, then why doesn’t someone challenge the Maguires of the world when they mention fatigue as a contributing factor for losing.

  14. OD99 says:

    Daniel,

    It is bothersome that you mention it over and over again because, like a few of Bobby’s comments, you guys state them to the handful of us reading this blog like WE are the ones interviewing Clouston or McGuire or WE are the ones who use those excuses and expect something to come of it. Nobody on here outside of the sports writers speak with the Sens or those associated with the Sens regularly and I am pretty sure that Clouston and McGuire don’t read this so…you are preaching to the choir and the choir is tired of listening to it.

    Anyway – decent win against the Leafs but no question the Sens defensive zone play has to improve for them to have sustained success this season.

    I am not really ready to have a strong opinion of this team just yet as I have seen some really bad in the first few games, then some good mixed with bad, then a whole bunch of bad again followed by some good with a pinch of bad. I see signs of progress in the current team but they have a fair bit to go in the consistency department.

    That said, this club hasn’t had a full or halfway consistent roster yet this year and I don’t think players have had the same linemates for more than 2 games in a row. When Kuba and Michalek get back in the line-up it will be interesting to see how the team looks – improved top 4 D to go with regular lines could go a long way.

    I am afraid tonight is a recipe for disaster – if the Sens win they should have won but if they lose then it is one step forward and one more backwards…of course a win would be 4 out of the last 5 too so that is something, isn’t it?

    Also, far too early for this but what the Hell – with a victory tonight the Sens will be tied for 8th in the Eastern Conference with the Pens!

  15. BobbyG says:

    Define a chance Pav…10 games? 20 games? Toronto really misses their leader…went in Washington, rallied from a 2 goals deficit and lost in a shoot out. Perhaps Bobby Clarke and Steve Ludzik are right on and like me, believe Phaneuf is very over rated. He certainly didn’t inspire in Calgary and even though he has been granted saint hood by Pope Burke, he isn’t making miracles happen in Toronto, unless of course he is out of the lineup. I am with Murph on the Leclaire thing. The star making machinery has been at work…much in the way the boys from Shawville have tirelessly and shamefully promoted Holiday on Ice, Karlsson and the aforementioned Gonchar. They have stopped promoting Cowen though…but I will not let them.

  16. Visitor - Pierre says:

    Bobby,

    Spezza padding his stats tonight, his purse will be hidden tomorrow against a better team.
    Three point night against the Islanders but he was nowhere to be seen in game 6 last year or in the playoff sweep a while earlier.

    If anyone is a stat-padding cherry picking softie, it’si the 7 million dollar ghost.
    Digusting

  17. Mike8888 says:

    Yes Pierre, we should criticize Spezza for his 4 point game last night. (maybe you should stick with the 67′s) Pav, I agree with you, Gonchar will make a difference and he has the last 2 games. Bobby, Karlsson seems to be improving every game now.

  18. PaV says:

    @bobby, I don’t know mate, I just think you should give him a chance, hey two goals in two games, no bad huh? :)

    @Vis-Pierre, it was four points, and really, any night that Spezza doesnt give up the puck with a behind the back pass is a good night, and I am not sure what your beef is with Spezza.

    @Mike, was a good game overall. They played OK to win, but when you are playing a team like the Isles its hard not to play down a little to their level. Elliot was solid. Good for him. I am happy with Hale getting his first goal. From what I have seen he plays a pretty good game.

    Lucky enough to get tickets (not my own seats) two rows from the ice……. Carkner is a friken giant.

  19. Mike8888 says:

    Apparently Pav, according to some posts on here, Ottawa has no physical defensemen.

  20. PaV says:

    @Mike888 – Yeah. Carkner is massive. At one point he had 2 guys all over him and he still came out with the puck. They were like flies ona giant.

    Hoping for a better game on Sat vs MNTRL. The HABS are playing really well and are quick to the puck. They are getting good goaltending from Price.

    @Dan, sorry I didn’t respond. We know your feelings, but as you have stated you hate when ppl bring up fatigue as the players are well oiled machines. We are not Pierre McGuire, or the Team1200, or whatever, back to back games is hard on anyone. For those who have played any sort of sports at any level, know that playing two games in two nights takes it toll. The level that the NHL players play at, you gotta belive that they are sore after each game, who wouldn’t be?

  21. BGoody says:

    V, I have to disagree with you…I am not sure what padding the stats means. It would have been better if Spezza had a bad game? With Spezza, it is damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Spezza now has 9 points in 8 games and is plus 5 and he is playing short handed working only with Regin…Kovalev is a boat anchor. Moreover, I believe he was pressed into service too early with a groin issue and if anyone ever had one, it is impossible to skate at you best with an injury like that. He had jump last night and it showed up on the score sheet. Little Shannon now has 5 points after 12 games (only minus 1) and is tied with Kovalev who plays twice as much and with the best players on the team, including PP time. Shannon is forced to play with that wizzard, Daisey the Air Rifle (will he ever score a goal again in the NHL?). I would like to see Shannon join Regin with Spezza and dispatch Kovalev to a gulag in Russia. Karlsson is awful…and he does so much on the PP setting up the other team with two break a ways. How many give a ways did he author last night against a very bad team (and he doesn’t play against the teams best…only soft assignments). Campoli doesn’t even get a sniff at PP with the best. Carkner is a under rated and he doesn’t make too many mistakes out there…surprisingly, he is very good with the puck! But…he goes unrecognized for his fine play…playing 17+ tough minutes a game and is plus 1. To me, it looks like the Islanders don’t put much of an effort into their play…are they trying to get the coach fired…it certainly looks that way. They looked tired, disinterested and very disorganized. There is a problem on the Island and it is associated with an individual whose name ryhmes with Charles Wang!

  22. BGoody says:

    And Pav buddy, Gonchar has 2 goals after 13 games (not two) and possesses a minus 6. He plays 25 minutes a game and often the full 2 minutes on the power play with the teams best.

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