A meaningless weekend

- April 10th, 2014

The Senators are for all intents and purposes finished.
Three games that meaning nothing left.
New Jersey Thursday. Toronto Saturday. At Pittsburgh Sunday.
Monday will likely be an off-day after back-to-back games to close the season. Garbage bag day will be Tuesday. Exit meetings will begin then. GM Bryan Murray and coach Paul MacLean will likely meet with the media Wednesday.
Then there will likely be silence until the Senators decide what steps they are going to take.
The Senators are missing the playoffs in a season they were expected to make the next step. It didn’t happen for them this year. They couldn’t get it right. They couldn’t get it steered in the right direction. Therefore they are done.
Invitations to the world championships will be sent in the next few days. It seems that Kyle Turris and Marc Methot will jump at the chance to go to Belarus. Clarke MacArthur is hot and cold.
MacLean could be on the list to coach Canada.
Nobody thought the season would end this quickly. Missing the playoffs in September didn’t seem possible. By December it started to look worse. Around the Olympic break there was a sense of optimism. After that, it all fell apart.
So three games left. That’s it. That’s all.

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10 comments

  1. Eric says:

    Gosh Bruce, that was insightful… NOT! And not quite a meaningless weekend with the chance to leap frog the Leafs, Devils and Capitals in the standings… I would say AWESOME! And it would be icing on the cake to lay a beating to the Penguins in their final game. A little payback for last season. :)

  2. Dantheman says:

    If the chatter around the NHL is that Mac Lean could lose his job for missing the playoffs, why would Team Canada want to hire a loser? Makes no sense to me.

  3. Mike8888 says:

    I don’t believe the Sens are too far away from being a contender. Their should be better next year with more experience under their belt and with a few changes in their personnel, they should be ok. They do however have to play with more structure and accountabilty which means I think they should change all 3 coaches. They should also resign Spezza, Ryan, and hopefully Hemsky and let Michalek walk. A younger player like Stone or Hoffman should be able to replace Michalek. Their goaltending should be better next year as well.

  4. OD99 says:

    Meaningless for the most part but the Senators could move up as many as 5 spots by winning out and having some teams in front of them lose a couple. At this stage it doesn’t really matter where the Senators end up as the draft pick is gone already but still – having the Ducks move down the draft spots would be nice to see.

    Also hope that the youngsters finish strong – would be good if Stone, Zibby, Hoffman and the young D all compete right to the final buzzer and even better if they can score a few points and go in to the off season with a little better feeling.

    Also, I really hope the team decides they want to beat the Leafs for the fans that actually show up to CTC…going to be a nice night out and would help the mood later if we don’t have to listen to Leaf fans gloat.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Of course the weekend is meaningless…as it relates to post season participation. But the games should be meaningful because the players are paid gaudy sums of money to entertain the fans. The players have an obligation to their team mates, DAC, employer, the fans and in particular those fans who fork out the money to see them live!

    But he question is, if as Mac and Methot have said, there are some who dodn’t show up, don’t make the effort, play a casual game can we truly expect those players to leave it on the ice on the weekend! I suspect not.

    Karly floated around, had two shots and didn’t sweat a drop last night and the has been doing it for a long time. Zzzz played 8 minutes and it wasn’t because he was hurt. There were times Hemsky looked bored, especially the Penalty Shot which was nothing short of embarrassing. I would like to point out others who did try but there weren’t any. BTW, am I the only one who finds it odd that Lehner, Karly and Zzzz, all under 24 years of age, aren’t wiling to go to Belarus and represent their countr in the WHC? I think it speaks volumes.

    Who enjoyed watching Hoffman last night? Who preferred to watch 5 min of Kassian the game before? Imagine what he might have done if had been given the games and TOI that Zzzz enjoyed all year? I couldn’t believe Dumb and Dumber didn’t go wild over Hoffman’s pass to Ceci that led to his goal. This kid is the fastest skater on the team, he sees the ice and the flow of the game. He puts himself in a postion to recieve a pass. He wants the puck, can do things with it. HE GOES INTO THE CORNERs. He gets his shot off in a flash and he has a rocket. He has magic hands and because of his skill he can be patient to make the right play. If I was the Coach, I would play him every game and do whatever I could to make sure he got the puck as often as possible. Playing on the wing with bums wont make that happen. Neither will sitting on the bench or press box.

    He should play center (certainly not the lumbering, soft and layZzzzzzz). He should have been centering Milan and Hemsky when Spezza. The kid should have been the all the same opportunities given layZzzzz. The DAC wouldn’t even give the kid a chance, after playing a solid game, to have a go in the shootout. Go figure! But I shouldn’t be surprised, he had The Big Show on the PP. Everytime the puck came to him, he lost it. If the DAC wanted a big body as a screen, why not Smitty who is bigger and with much better hands or Wiercoch who is huge and has even better hands? The DAC truly is a DA, I swear to God. I wasn’t in favor of Richardson’s move to take over in Bingo but he has done wonders and I give him a lot of credit. He should be promoted and take over from the DAC (I know Hoffman, who thrived under Luke, would certainly love it). As would the D.

    Every player on the hockey club should leave it on the ice Saturday and Sunday. Most will but there are some who wont…they never do!

  6. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Although it would be great for MacLean to coach over there, I’m not seeing as he’s a little too much of a loose cannon. Imagine if he calls an opposing player “Player 19″ or something, embarrassment to the team and country. And of course seeing how he gives plumbers more ice time than the best players, we might just lost games because he doesn’t enjoy or want to play talent. And of course he’d say he’s “scared to death” and “we’ll llke where we are in three weeks” as Canada crashes and burns. Yeah no thanks.

    I wonder if the frothing-at-the-mouth AJ will still say “Doubters of Paul MacLean will be proven wrong” or whatnot. AJ, maybe unlike YOU we are able to take a step back and look at this team and question what the coach does and says and the success or lack thereof that comes from those decisions. Perhaps unlike YOU we can speak our minds and call a spade of spade since we don’t rely on the team for our survival! YOU should be encouraging dissent, opposing opinions and so on as it will only make the team better down the road!

    I had to laugh when I heard Simmer surmise that Melnyk would tell Murray to make the playoffs or be fired. Melnyk is a paper tiger, a kind-hearted owner unable to say no to Bryan Murray. Bryan tells Eugene to jump and he jumps. He says he needs more salary he opens his wallet. He says he wants another coach and Eugene marvels at his ability to find new talent and coaches. There is no accountability because Eugene Melnyk doesn’t believe in the term; he would rather crash and burn with people he loves than set standards of excellence, expectations of success and consequences for those that fail.
    And that’s a big part of why we are here. When the top doesn’t set standards then rot and deteroriation set in!

  7. KevinF says:

    I hate this the line of thinking but I truly hope the Leafs sink as far as possible only for the consolation of a better pick. I’ll likely watch Saturday, I was one click away from buying 30 tickets weeks ago but the group decided it was likely to be meaningless shiteshow little did we know how accurate that sentiment was. I’ll bet the Big Show is in full Big Show bloom, yapping and playing to those who are still enamoured of his foolish charade. Both sides should be embarrassed by their horrific seasons and no amount of spin doctoring should be accepted by either fan base.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, would it be great for Maclean to Coach in Belarus? Who would it be great for, Team Canada or Maclean? I suspect it wouldn’t be good for Canader…don’t you?

    I wonder if Davey-boy will be cheering for Canada? Why should he care? Afterall, he is only inerested in watching good hockey!? There are so many holes in his so called logic I don’t know where to start. He is extremely loyal to a God awful hockey club, so much so, any criticism he takes very personally (like you were insulting his family!). Does he not possess the ability to differentiate good hockey from bad or…is his definition selective?

    All things being equal, I will always cheer for a Canadian team. Davey-boy will not. I want NHL hockey in this Country to be healthy, successful…..entertaining! It matters not to Davey-boy. He shares much in common with his idols, he simply doesn’t care! It is a yardstick of achievement to go to the post season. Of the Canadian teams only the Puckbunny’s dreaded Habions will participate this year. He and Davey hate anyting that might be defined as good, outside the NCR, unless of course, it happens south of the 49th! Isn’t that sad. LIke the Pie-Eyed Piper the Sun and 1200 hate the Leafs and joining them in step are…you guessed it, the Girly-man and Puckbunny! Why? They wouldn’t be able to tell you (theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do!). The Marketting & Promotions arm of the Senators simply love fans like these two Lemonoids. Having a bad hockey team, a miserable season is all forgotten if the Sens beat the Leafs Saturday!

    As a fan of the game, I truly love to see good hockey played. I want to see it all around the league. I really want to see great hockey played in the country that introduced it to the world and in particular, I want it in my home town played by the Senators! This doesn’t matter to Davey-boy. Perhaps he and his friends are so blind, they don’t know the difference between good and bad (afterall, they’ve been exposed to poor hockey played here for 6 plus years).

    I wish he and his blind followers did have an agenda; they don’t of course. I wish they wanted more, wanted better, voiced displeasure and discontent. They FOLLOW an agenda, but don’t have one of their own. They are good soldiers who do what they are told, when they are told; they should be so very proud (The Sens are so very grateful).

    I don’t know what Davey-boy looks like but have this image of him at a game at the Wheel House (and Playfair) all dressed up with the Sens sweater, cap and face painting ala Puddy. If you don’t see him, you will hear him booing any Canadian Team especially the Leafs and Habs. He will do it on queue when prompted and he’ll be dancing like a giddly fool. The team may lose but wont matter if: Zzz wis 20% of his draws, scores with the goalie pulled and Karly was on the ice for only 3 of the 4 goals scored against and got an assist….could it get any better!!!!!!!!

  9. G.M. says:

    “Welcome to the club Alfie”? Somewhat of a ridiculous and sour heading to a ridiculous article there Garrioch. I mean with a childish comment like that, it’s not too too difficult to tell that even the so-called media in that city are suckingi on ‘sour’ grapes as a result of Alf’s departure for a much better NHL team than the mediocre one he left behind in Ottawa. Heck I remember very well listening to a few of the rookie wanna-be sports people on the Team 1200 (when it was) back in the fall indicating that Ottawa would actually challenge Boston for first place in the division this year and how the Flyers wouldn’t even challenge for a playoff spot. That’s right, in fact you may have even been a part of that group on that day. Oh and by the way, at least Alfie participated in the postseason with the Wings, something he wouldn’t have been able to do had he remained with the non-playoff team in Ottawa.

  10. OD99 says:

    Haven’t read the article G.M but I would suggest that if Alfie had remained with the Senators they would have made the play-offs and probably put up at least as good a fight against any team in the East as the Wings did against the Bruins.

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