On the brink

- April 7th, 2014

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NEW YORK _ The end is near.
Have looked at the math:
- If the Senators lose in regulation or OT Tuesday against the New York Islanders they are officiallly eliminated.
- If the Columbus Blue Jackets gain a point at home against Phoenix, the Senators are officially eliminated no matter whether they win or not.
- Ottawa could technically still tie Detroit in ROW but the third tiebreaker is goal differential and the Wings would have to get blown out the rest of the way.
So, there it is, the season hangs in the balance and the Senators are about to pay for some of those terrible nights they’ve had this season.
Many in the organization believe this season has been a colossal failure no matter what happens in these final four games this season. This club didn’t live up to expecations.
Changes are ahead. I can guarantee that. This team won’t look the same next season.

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18 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    Who are the ones in the Organization who believe this year was a colossal failure? Murray, Lee, Dorion…..Eugene? If they believe it was a colossal failure, what do the think happened? Do they think the DAC and DAAC’s failed, the players or both. Certainly they wouldn’t be pointing fingers at themselves, could they? Afterall, the Team is in great shape with a core of good young players and will challenge for the Stanley Cup in 2016!

    Most had the team pegged to be a contender but you have to wonder why? I think it was a case of blind loyalty, believing the propoganda and pure ignorance. Those who payed attention say all the holes and made call they didn’t stand a chance.

    What changes are ahead? Will we fans see changes in the front office, behind the bench or on the ice? The Owner is going no where. The GM was rewarded with a 2 year contract for putting this entertaining product on the ice and miserable record the last 6 years. He isn’t going anywere? What about the rest of the “well oiled machine” (per some idiot name AJ)? Will the newly minted AGMs fall? It could happen, but I would say they will not.

    Perhaps the DAC and the DAACs will go. Maclean won the Jack Adams last year but never liked his style and saw the teams mediocre record for what it really was, GOALIES GONE WILD”!!! From the start of the year there was nothing that inspired confidence: the double standards, the many line changes, the favouritism, the bizzarre line combinations, the poor decisions, sitting those who should play and playing those who shoud sit, rewarding those who didn’t try/care, playing a slow slug in ever situation, ever game, every time! Dave Cam-moron was hired when he coulnd’t win anything at any level before he joined the NHL (he did invite a Swedish Coach out to the parking lot after his hand chosen team lost in the WJHC – a team that didn’t have Canada’s very best juniors, including RNH). The triumvirate failed miserably this year. They could go and as I said, may join Paddoc and his boys, Hartsburg and associates, Cluless and his bunch, Low, the very fly Eli in the embarrassingly long list of coaches hired and fired by the GM.

    What about the players; should they stay or should they go! If Murray opts to trade for “assets” who here believe he will make the best decisions, get value in return and draft well. Afterall, in his 6 years he has but one that can be described (by most but certainly not all) as a star! Only one! He let a 24 year old go for nothing at all. A player one here suddenly liked a lot! Others love his courage, effort, speed, intensity and 20 points and plus 8! Should we blame Greening for his awful play, 3 year no-trade contract? He had one great year playing with Spezza (amazing how that happens). Should we blame Cowen for his awful play and 12m, 3 year no-trade contract? The team is awful, period.

    Perhaps the team wont look the same Bruce, but unfortunately, the front off ice will.

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    If Spezza was traded away this summer (and I think it will happen) I wonder why it would be acceptable and supported by all, but moving Annika or TBR was not? Some here say the GM had no choice in the Philips situation; I don’t buy that at all of course. Who goes to the rink to see TBR? Does he help the team win games? Couldn’t Methot be a mentor? Who knows or cares what he does in the community?

    Changes are coming? Will Hemsky be signed? I wouldn’t if I was GM. After a torrid start the last 4 games he has been ordinary at best. Remember he had 12 points in 13 games but he’s had 2 points in the last 4 games and his play was listless. This is what has plagued him throughout his career and the reason he frustrated owners, GMs, Coaches and fans alike. He can show up and will star but will then disappear and be invisible. Michakek had 1 point in the last 4 games. Oh yes, Spezza had 3 points in the last 4 games he played.

    Spezza is second on the Senators with 62 points this year playing with many who are not blessed with a lot of scoring touch, nor could they creat opportunities (get him the puck so could score goals). Never the less, Spezza’s numbers this year would have put him 1st in scoring on 13 NHL teams this year! He would have been 2nd on 4, 3rd on 7 and 4th on 3!

    Yet, he is the disliked by most “True Senator Fans” and some who frequent this blog! Lets assume he is traded away, would it mark yet another attempt at a rebuild? I ask that because the 3 year rebuild is over and was a dismal failure. The Stanley Cup promise in 2 years is far to silly to even discuss and another example of the nonsense that goes on at senior levels. What ever the Organization got for Jason Spezza (yutes and draft picks) wouldn’t make a contrution to the team for a few years! If that is semi-accurate who is confident the team will be great in 2 or 3 years? If the GM can miss the post season 3 times in his tenure as the Architect, what realistically can he do in the next few years with one of the worst teams in the league if they don’t have Jason Spezza making players and the team better?

    Who wants to see 3 more years of this? What, in all honesty, can we expect to see next year or the year after that? If, as I suspect, we will see more of the same, at what point is the Architect (and brilliant judge of talent) be held responsible and made accountable?

    If the Sens had people who possess the skill (and pedegree) of those in Columbus, Dallas, Denver etc, I would say go ahead, trade Spezza, because I know they would get value in return. Under this regime, I have zero confidence and stumbling on a couple of diamonds who surpassed everyone’s expectations, does not a good GM make! We must look at the “body of work”. We were proud of and excited with our Stanley Cup contenders; the Team and Organization has been in decline since.

    I read they are playing for pride now!? Where was it all year? Winning games now means squat!

  3. PaV says:

    Man oh Man these rants are getting old.

    OD/Mike8888 – as Bruce pointed out above, the math is not in the SENS favour, they pretty much need to win their last four, and even if they do that, there is little chance for them to make it.

    Bruce, not sure what the changes will be. I think that they need to re-sign Spez first. Offer Bobby Ryan a 2 year deal and see if that will entice Hemsky to stay. The re-signing CM would be a good idea as well, as he has proven to be the most consistent player on the SENS this season. They will need to find someone to play with EK. He sees the ice very well but lacks in his own end. He is fast, one hell of a shot and has a great hockey mind(unlike the mind of Bobby on here). I do not think firing the coach would be the best move, but I would put him on a short leash. Players like Condra, Neil, Smith, Hoff etc are all good players to fill int he second, third and fourth lines. I would consider using Gryba as trade bait but then we run the risk of losing a young strong D-Man. I wasn’t impressed with Cowen this year, I am hoping that he gets his act together in the off season.

    The season was a disappointment. At some points they looked awesome – but overall they looked like a very underachieving team.

    Well, bring on next season, but until its over, GO SENS GO!!!!!

  4. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    “Perhaps the team wont look the same Bruce, but unfortunately, the front off ice will.”

    The salient point again made by Bobby. You can change the deck chairs on the Titanic but as long as Captain Smith is screaming: “God himself could not sink this ship!” then the ship will hit that iceberg next season and keep sinking.

    Bryan Murray’s decisions have been simply baffling:
    GIving a long-tern deal and a NTC (!) to Colin Greening! Colin Greening! He is a 4th liner, eminently replaceable from within, but now they are stuck with him.
    The Turris deal is great, credit for that.
    Karlsson being allowed, game after game, to wallow in defensive mediocrity, letting players breeze by him and get repeated scoring chances. He is a half-court player and the DAC doesn’t care. He doesn’t scale back his icetime, he doesn’t replace him with a more defensively responsible defenceman in his own end.
    The two-year deal to Phillips howls of an old boy’s/country club mentality where being a loyal foot soldier is more important than performing. Phillips is a 5/6 at this stage of his career.
    Giving MacLean a three-year deal and then saying his job isn’t safe (essentially) and now talk of a sixth coach in eight years (!). Here are the coaches that have been unable to produce more than a playoff win in a 48-game season since 2008: Bryan Murray, Craig Hartsburg, Cory Clouston, Paul MacLean.

    Here’s a big revelation, for free, from me: You can’t win in this league if your best defenceman doesn’t give a crap about keeping his end tidy. You can’t win in this league if your best forwards aren’t busting it to get back in their own end and are all over the place in the defensive zone. The players should be in certain spots when the other team is attacking, to cut down passing lanes and shooting lanes. Instead, players are peeling off and being horrid.

    Bruce, you keep saying there will be change but what good will sacrificing Spezza do?
    The magnifying glass must be on Murray and his player evaluations, his contracts and his lack of setting high standards for players on and off the ice. Will anyone in Ottawa have the gumption to do this, or does everyone love their soundbytes too much?

  5. JMW says:

    @Bobby Goodman
    The team is awful? They’re guaranteed at this point to finish no lower than .500.

    That’s awful?

    I don’t think so. I think awful is Buffalo. Florida. Edmonton.

    I think that Bryan Murray has done an ok job as general manager. He’s restocked the team with decent prospects. He hasn’t drafted all that well, I’ll give you that. I think he’s better at finding talent in the university ranks. I think Tim Murray was his go-to guy for junior scouting, and right now Tim Murray is learning what it means to be in charge in Buffalo. Hopefully Bryan will retire around the same time Tim’s contract runs out in Buffalo.

    Someone on the radio made the comment that most teams have the centre come down low to help out in their own zone, but that the Senators use their wingers for this. I think this was a deliberate experiment on the part of Paul MacLean. He knows that his top 2 centres are not fast and not physical, so he tried to use his wingers for that. I think the early season woes consisted of wingers who were down low in the offensive zone having to come back so hard to get down low in the Ottawa zone, they were over pursuing. This resulted in a lot of goals against scored by opposing players standing all alone beside the net.

    A mid-season adjustment to not pursue so hard meant that they were coasting into the Ottawa zone and not picking anyone, resulting in a lot of goals off the rush.

    I think Erik Karlsson needs to have his head given a shake. I’ve seen him often times out at the blue line while killing penalties. He also tends to over pursue. In the last game against Edmonton, I saw him cough up the puck at the blue line, and he chased the Edmonton player all the way across the ice – leaving the slot wide open for an Edmonton player to walk down and get a good scoring chance. Karlsson neesd to accept that he makes mistakes and not try to fix everything himself when he does.

    Bottom line, I think Ottawa’s brain trust knew that they weren’t going anywhere significant this season, even if they did make the playoffs. They have a very young, inexperienced defense. They have young forwards. They have a brand new captain. They have played at or over .500 hockey. This is awful?

    They settled for a learning experience for a young team. If half the defensive prospects they have (including the guys who are playing their 1st or 2nd full season with the Sens now) pan out, they’ll have a formidable defense in a few years.

    They could trade Spezza and let Michalek go. But the question then becomes, who do you replace them with?

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    I thought the team was playing for pride? Again, the Team outscored the opposition but to me they lost the game: out-shot 46 – 32, out-hit 27 – 8, Gva 16 – 12 and allowed the Islanders to take the puck away 15 times to their 7! Only the remarkable play of Anderson prevented them from losing to a team besieged with injuries to their best players and lineup with 11 rookies!

    This my friends, is the future! The DAC kept the future in the press box, opting to dress Kassian over Hoffman. The behemoth played 5:38, didn’t register a single hit and got filled in by a kid who is 4″ shorter and 40 pounds lighter. The Team needed Kassian!? I was so disappointed to discover Mikey was not dressed…but not surprised. The DAC has been predictable all year; his decisions rarely make any sense. The Islanders favoured speed while the DAC wanted another slow slug to match Zzzz.

    The Shooter, Zzzz, had another dandy game. He dazzled didn’t he: no goals, no assists, no hits, and 3 SOG (2 from 60 feet out). Didn’t you love his intensity though…..his “compete”? The DAC had him on the ice for almost 2 minutes of specialty team time….go figure!

    And then there is Karly (the best player in the world). The prickly offenceman got an assist (he was on the ice with Spezza of couse). He had one shot on net (his achilles must be a-killing him). He turned the puck over all game long and was caught up the ice many times and had to scramble to get back (Potsie celebrated his speed). He was beat on the outside by on-coming wingers; his passes continually missed the mark and he often threw the puck away only to be recovered by the opposition. He was God awful on the PP and gave the puck away 4 times! He’s done it now 109 times this year (44 more than Captain Spezza).

    Ottawa outscored the opposition but in my view, they lost to the 4th worst team in the league with 11 hungry rookies in the lineup, all of whom play with passion and can really skate! Speed and passion…..what a concept!

    I am sure Dave and the True Sens Fans in Ottawa celebrated Karlsson but it must have bothered them that Spezza had 3 points (2g and 1a). He now has 65 points and is 9 points ahead of Turris, who they say is having an outstanding year and he certainly is. The best of his young career actually. Spezza is only 9 points ahead of Turris and he’s doing it with so many holes in his game that have been pointed out by Davey-boy! If only Spezza was willing to “compete”. “He has no compete in him at all”. If only he would “make an effort to back check” and “be more responsible in his own end”. If only “he wouldn’t give the puck away so often that kills cycles” (cycle killer…qu’est-ce que c’est ?).

    Why is it “good news the Leafs are eliminated from the playoffs”. Wouldn’t it be nice to have Canadian Teams in the post season? Would the Sun not rise if the Maple Leafs were successful? Does the Leafs failure ease the pain of Ottawa’s dreadul season?

  7. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    JMW, Murray’s tenure here has been mediocre at best, but it has been celebrated as if God himself had come from Shawville, parted the Rideau Canal and gifted us with gold on skates.
    The roster is riddled with people that cannot perform two roles. Karlsson excels offensively and is lost defensively. Same for Ryan, Michalek, Spezza (at times, he has improved much), Ceci. Then the offensively challenged Smith, Neil, Kassian, Cowen…it really is dreadful stuff.

    The team badly needs someone upstairs that will clear the deck and bring many, many two-way players in here that will skate hard and come back hard when needed. Looking at he San Jose Sharks it is night and day with our team. Doug Wilson is also from Ottawa but he knows how to build a hockey team. Fast young men that skate hard and aren’t afraid of being hit or carrying the puck.

    I found it interesting that Paul MacLean said that the team needed to either practice or get new players when asked of how bad the team is defensively. Not a great endorsement for The Architect no? We were told by the Big Kahoona that the Senators had so much talent that they had multiple NHLers ready to come up. Hoffman certainly looks good but he gets scant icetime. DaCosta was vastly overrated. He indeed has nice hands but is a midget and a career minor leaguer. Jean-Gabriel Pageau was a flash in the pan but at least commits to the defensive side of the game.

    One more game against Toronto Saturday and it’s all done. Beating Toronto is the equivalent of a Cup it would seem, the TSN1200 are driving people there in a limo and giving them free jerseys. Odd, as one would assume that game to be a complete sellout no? Oh, they also play Pittsburgh as well on Sunday? Yikes…

  8. OD99 says:

    Drama queen – you can ignore it all you want but I do like Spezza so I was very happy to hear he scored 2 goals and let Kassian score into the empty net.

    You see my ranting, maniacal ami I have the capacity to understand that no perfect player has yet played the game (save yourself of course – I am sure your Senior League opposition had their jaws agape at your perfection) so although I do believe Spezza is soft, gives the puck away (he doesn’t get dinged for a GVA when his blind, backhanded prayer of a pass into the slot goes all the way back to our end and Karlsson recovers it but it does end any scoring chance and cycle) and doesn’t know what to do even when he does back-check I also appreciate the offensive skill he has so much that I am able to like him and what he brings to the team.

    You cannot bring yourself to think that your crush is capable of doing any wrong – you have an excuse for every negative about Spezza and blindly support him while deriding others who have BETTER stats. It is your choice and typically wouldn’t be a bother at all except you keep coming on here and rattling off your nonsense.

    That is dumb that Hoffman had to sit, he creates chances each game and should be given more time, not less, so he can develop at this level. I hope he comes back stronger next year and forces the team’s hand out of training camp.

    Pav, the team absolutely needs to sign Spezza this off season – you can’t have the captain in limbo like that and quite frankly the Senators don’t have anyone to replace him. If we could get a top 2 D and an emerging star forward for him then of course you have to consider offers but I strongly believe this city doesn’t know what it will be missing if they trade Spezza.

    Philips as a veteran 6th D is fine at his price and term – the issue is can we get enough good play in the first 2 pairings to allow him to be a 6th D. He played the 3 role far too often this year and it isn’t fair to him.

    JMW, you don’t think the Senators have drafted well? I think since Murray took over there have been plenty of good picks. If you go back and look at who is drafted where you can see the team got very good value in almost each draft year. It is debatable about who is making the decisions (I think Tim has pretty strong input0 and obviously it is the scouting staff who really finds the gems but overall the team does have a pretty good prospect pool.

    The team will look quite a bit different next year and the transition to the youngsters has begun – as an optimist I like a few of them and am intrigued by a few of the ones still in the minors.

  9. OD99 says:

    Who cares if Canadian teams make the play-offs? Personally I just like watching good teams play and this year there are some really good match-ups in the first round. I don’t see why it is important to have Canadian teams make it?

    I just feel robbed as I won’t get to watch any 2014 videos of Leaf fans crying because their team lost in the first round.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    JMW,

    I guess it depends on your definition of awful. Does the team need to be in last place to be awful? 16 teams go to the post season; the Sens are among the 14 that don’t. Although the Sens may win 50% of their games played, they finished among the 46% and to me, that’s awful. The Sens are 9th in a 30 team league and that is awfuller! They have allowed 262 goals and that is awfullest!

    The GM has done an OK job? In his short time here (6 years) he’s missed the playoffs 3 times!!!!! His team made it past the 1st round once (and were humiliated in 4 straight)! If he lets the current crop of coaches go it will be, what, 14 in his tenure here? He restocked the team? Are you forgetting this is the 3rd year of the 3 year rebuild and the team is even worse and that too is awful? I am not a Puck Bunny like Pav and his friends, I want to be entertained by hockey skill (it isn’t enough that they simply pull on a Sen’s sweater).

    Out of curiosity JWM, what do you expect from this team next year? I expect more of the same.

    Talking about the Masters, I love and hate it. I love the track and it is one of my favourites. I love seeing the best in the world compete against each other. After a long winter, I am stoked for the year’s first major! I love to see those I’ve followed early in their careers playing on the on the European Tour: Louis Ousthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Thorbjorn Oleson, Henrik Senson and Victor Dubuisson and others! All have magnificient swings and fantastic golfers! But, I hate the fact that it has the weakest field (by far) of all the majors. The TPC has a far stronger field! I don’t want to see past winners who don’t stand a chance and have no pride, participate: Stadler, Faldo, Crenshaw, Langer, Woosnan, Mize, Watson etc. Again, they take spots away from some who could legitimately win the Championship! Only a few years ago Gary Player, was put in a Half Nelson and was forced walked away!

    The pompous billionaires of Augusta National demand those “privileged” enough to cover the Tournament, refer to fans as “patrons”. If they don’t obey the rules, they run the risk of being banished like Gary McCord (his bikini-wax comment was deemed offensive). I chuckle when I listen to Ferherty transform from Court Jester to Golf Analyst. It’s similar to Brownie when Potsie’s not by his side! The Tournament officials “invite” golfers from around the world who, again, take spots away from others who are so much better. I think the stronger the field the better the entertainment!

    Augusta National members are the the most wealthy and most white in America. Only in the last decade did they invite a man of color to join and he doesn’t play golf.

    I will really enjoy the tournament this year. Fans of the game will get to see more from other golfers because Caligula is hurt. I will be cheering loud and proud for our boy Graham DeLaet and I won’t miss a sinlge shot!

    The Masters, I love it and I hate it!

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Bruce, is there a reason why you continually write about Spezza’s “lack of leadership” and “errors defencively”? Is there a reason why you never talk about Karly’s “lack of leadership” and his “errors defencively”? Have you ever wondered about Spezza’s defencive errors (the circumstances, where they happen, why they happen, who is on the ice at the time and who might really be responsible)? Spezza is cited for his errors but Michalek isn’t, niether is Greening, Neil, Zzz and others! Why?

    Don’t you think is is amazing what Spezza has been able to accomplish with who he had to play with this year? Isn’t it telling what he has been able to do with a new right winger!

    Hemsky came from Edmonton where he had 26 points in 55 games and was -13 (his numbers were similar to that of Zzzz). But, when he was united with Spezza he accumulated 16 points in 17 games and zero +/- (he learned to play defence and become more responsible?). Spezza’s numbers have been remarkable too; what the hell happened? Afterall, the numbers shared by Zzzz and Hemsky were similar and both teams have allowed the same number of goals! The difference of course, is Hemsky’s a hockey player! Zzzz is not. Hemsky can actually skate and do something with the puck; Zzzz can’t! Hemsky really wants the puck, Zzz is a pretender. Pressure and posession is sustained with Hemsky on the right side, it was immediately lost with Zzzz floating around the periphery waiting for someone to get him the puck. Opportunities are created with a Hemsky but as Davey-boy points out, Zzzz has no creativity, not even a little bit! The 6′, 185 lb Hemsky goes into the corners and comes out with the puck, the 6-2, 210 lb Zzzz never does!

    Hemsky is posting the best numbers of his career! Why? Imagine what his numbers would be if he was here all year (even if he took games off). What do you think Spezza’s numers would be like if he had someone like Hemsky all year? Would he only be second on the Team in scoring? Would he be – 24? Would you still be talking about his “defencive errors”? Are his defencive errors really defencive errors? Playing with bums who can’t skate, dont see the ice and can’t make plays limited Spezza’s production and opportunity to better his +/-! I think Spezza would be +20 or more!

    Will Hoffman sit in the press box again tonight? If so, why? Will fans of hockey be forced to watch the celebrated Kassian who has averaged less than 5 min TOI all year? Call me crazy (many do) but with the season a compete disaster, wouldn’t it make more sense to let Hoffman play? What do you think it does to Hoffman’s psyche, confidence, security, development when when he sees Kassian dressing? What does he think when he sees Pageau playing and he sits? Rather than go out their way to inflate Zzz’s numbers artificially, why not invest equally in Hoffman? Try him in all situations and play him at center! I think it is a disgrace and I blame the DAC and GM, again!

  12. JMW says:

    @Bobby Goodman.

    You make valid points, and I’m not disputing that this has not been a good year. I would still not characterize the team as “awful”.

    If you want to call finishing middle of the pack “awful”, that’s up to you. I don’t consider it awful. I do give this team a huge “Needs Improvement” on their report card. I do agree that there are players who are one-dimensional (or, in some cases, not multi-dimensional enough). We have big guys who are tough and can play physical and skate, but can’t score. Or we have guys who can score and make beautiful passes, but can`t or won`t play physically or back check. In the Western Conference, you have Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and so on who are the whole package.

    But let`s step back and look at where the Senators have drafted. He was named GM on June 18, 2007. In the 7 drafts since then, Ottawa has drafted 29th, 15th, 9th, 16th, 6th, 15th, and 17th. Many people have commented that when Muckler was fired, the cupboard was bare of prospects, and under those circumstances as players turn over a drop off in results is inevitable.

    So only twice in 7 years has Murray been drafting in the top half of each round. Given that many of the prospects coming onto the team now have been drafted by Murray, I would argue that he`s done acceptably in drafting talent.

    Murray`s trade record is hit-and-miss. He`s had some absolute steals, and some absolute clunkers, and some that are fair value for fair value.

    His record in signing free-agents is also hit-and-miss. He`s pulled a few clunkers. He`s made a few brilliant signings.

    With respect to Paul Maclean (is he who you call `DAC`, i.e., Dumb-A$$ Coach?), I think as I mentioned above that this year involved some deliberate experimentation on Maclean’s part with defensive structures and so on. I didn’t work.

    What do I expect from next year’s team? Not more of the same. This year, they are 18th in 5-on-5 goals for/goals allowed ratio (0.95). This year, they are 29th in shots allowed per game (34.9, ahead only of the Leafs…). Two years ago, they were 15th in 5-on-5 goal ratio (1.05), and 23rd in shots allowed (31.3).

    I expect that they’ll go back to being a more orthodox defensive team, and will consequently improve. I think they will make the playoffs, even if they don’t change anything but their style of defensive play.

    Should they trade Spezza? Dunno. But I’ll make you one bet – if Murray does trade Spezza, the people who trash Spezza and Murray will be the first to complain that we didn’t get enough for Spezza, unless Murray outright mugs whomever gets Spezza.

  13. Bobby Goodman says:

    “Who cares if a Canadian team makes the playoffs, I just want to see good teams play”. Oh really? You just want to see good teams play…. if that’s true, why do you love and support the GM and the team he built that lives among the 46% that miss the post season (for the 3rd time in 6 years)?

    You truly are a Sens Fan Davey-boy, completely led around by the media. You celebrate and support the incompetence and all the nonsense that goes on in Ottawa and it is acceptable as long as the dreaded Leafs miss the post season. Yes indeed, you are a mindless lemming (stand by for further instructions).

  14. Bobby Goodman says:

    JMW, you may be right but I don’t share the your optimism. I hope I am wrong but suspect we will see more of the same. The team may have better numbers because some are a little older and more experienced but others will be older, slower and even more of a liabiliity. Philips is awful right now, so is Neil.

    I don’t see Greening, Condra, Kassian, Pageau doing anything. Some of them may not even be here next year. As much as some here have a love affair for Zzzz, I think he is slow, talentless, heartless and useless kid who plays a soft and easy game (he got 8 minutes last night and I don’t think it was because he was hurt). Cowen, in spite of all the corporate hype, has been a major disappointment. We saw it as early as the WJHC. He is dreadfully slow, not physical and panics. Philips is slow and useless. He’s minus 12 this year, next year he will be a year older, slower and more worser.

    I will bet Hemsky will get a huge offer from another team the Sens will be unwilling to match (he will have to give some of the windfall to Spezza for making him marketable – Edmonton couldn’t trade him before). I suspect Ryan will be moved. He may say he wants to stay and loves it here but I think he was just playing good politics (never burn any bridges). My bet is he will not be in the starting lineup in October. Neither will Spezza. Watching the Sens propoganda team (Dumb and Dumber) reading their scripted “positives” before the game last night, Spezza was conspicuous by his absence. He’s second on the team in scoring having played primarily with bums all year including Zzzz! The organization and their agents (media) have ignored him. He is not in the teams plans.

    As for the management team JMW, I have learned that we can rationalize anything depending how creative we want to be. The GM had a great team when he took over and now, in 2014 he has a dreadful one. Under his guidance, they missed the post season 3 times in 6 years! I look at just some of his moves to make the team…better: Smith, Richardson, Bell, Lapointe, Comrie, Sutton, Ruutu, Stillman, Cullen, Commodore, Leclaire, Kovalev, Gonchar, Campoli, Lundin (LUNDIN). I look at the scandles, controversies, bad blood, the many coaches and public feuds. I prefer an organization with class; don’t you! As much as Brownie will beat the drum that 16 players on the team were drafted by Murray, it means diddly if the team stinks! The GM fed the Lemmings the promise of better times with his 3 year rebuild; the team got worse! He now promises a Stanley Cup in 2016…please tell me you not buy that too?

    I used to love the team because they enertained. They don’t anymore. The organization promotes/celebrates egotistical players who wont make the sacrifice. I find it disgusting. There is double standard for conduct and play, it dispicable. The DAC has been consistently bad the entire year and sitting Hoffman is just one silly example.

    I’m not optimistic my friend.

  15. OD99 says:

    Drama queen please. I am a Senators fan so while things might be dark now, I still support them. Just like when friends and family go through tough times, a person of character stands by them.

    Obviously you dislike almost everything in life and I strongly suspect you quickly bail on those people close to you when the going gets tough too – it is OK though because you most likely were born that way. It is simply your character mon amis so you can’t be help completely responsible for your behaviour.

    Why do you care about Canadian teams making the play-offs? What is the difference? I will be very happy to watch Hawks / Avs plus other good teams play while you sulk about some other self-created slight and/or injustice in the world.

    The one bit of truth in your last post is this, “I have learned that we can rationalize anything depending how creative we want to be” and you do it on here several times a day.

    Here is a good example:

    It inspires you to see that Couturier had 1 goal in 24 games?!?!? You love that he has been 30% on FO his last 4 games? You cheer that he has 5 more points in 11 more games than Zibby while playing 5 more minutes per game with veteran scorers?!?!??! It fills you with glee that he has but 60 hits to Zibby’s 118? Almost twice as many hits while playing far few games and far fewer minutes?!?! This is the exciting, gritty 2-way player that gets you excited?

    You love him because the media told you they wanted him as the Senators pick and now you can’t change your mind

    See, it is easy to pick stats and make them fit your agenda, just like it is easy to create up fantasy story lines.

    You love Karlsson, we know it.

  16. Bobby Goodman says:

    You can’t be that dumb Davey-boy…can you? You’re just effin with me…right? You should write this down my pom-pom waving lemonoid, I couldn’t care less if Couturier had a single point…but I do care if a player…CARES! E f f o r t dumbass, I want to see some effort. It simply doesn’t matter to you!

    I think you have exposed the disconnect, Davey-boy. Where as most sane individuals understand that sports (including NHL Hockey) is ENTERTAINMENT you think it is as important as family! Yikes! You liken family/freinds going through tough times to the mess that Murray brought? You used to entertain…now you are just downright scary. I may like an actor or director but a poor performance is a poor performance. You poor soul. I do get a kick out of you and the other puck-bunny Pavvie (he doesn’t cry…), you two will celebrate it all and if that sustains you, I guess I have to say, good for you. The Puppeteers who pull your strings are very greatful.

    My agenda is for a better team (if you want to call it an agenda)…I am still trying to figure out your agender! You are such a girl.

  17. OD99 says:

    Drama queen you never disappoint! Even the most obvious is lost on you.

    I know you like effort – you loved to watch Ryan Shanahan “skate for miles” and do nothing. You loved Regin and wanted more of his sad stat line and fragile game. You think Schubert would have won the Norris if only the Senators hadn’t ruined him.

    We know your history and your agenda is nothing other than, “Look at me!!”.

    Sad that a man in the sunset of his days has his life validated by banging out the same old stuff day after day on a blog that about 10 people look at.

    Hopefully one day you will find peace and happiness but I can’t imagine it happening any time soon. All this over the Senators – you need to be right so bad you have lost all grip on reality.

    Keep twisting facts and creating your own stories Bobby – I don’t hold it against you as it is all that you have.

    Go Sens!!!

  18. Bobby Goodman says:

    Even if he did nothing, Shannon tried. Regin, just when he started to perform was urt and never regained his form. That matters not to you Davey-boy. You would rather watch a big, slow, slug stand around. As for Schubert, I don’t know what the organization and by default you, didn’t like about the kid. I loved him. Afterall he was 6-3, weighed 230 lbs was the second fastest skater on the team, had a booming shot and loved the physical side of things! In his first year after 56 games he had 4g and 9a and was plus 4. The next year he had 8 goals, 17 assists and was plus 30. The year after that, again he had 8 goals and 16 assista snd was plus 7! In 50 games with the Sens the next year sitting primarily in the press box he was 4 and 4 and was traded. Your favourity GM perferred players who much much older and well past their prime. You were told not to like Schubert and you as always Dave, were obedient. I never suggested Schubert would win a Norris but I did think the Organization should have invested in HIS development instead of Smith, Richardson, Commodore and Sutton and Bell and……..

    Sunset of my years? Yikes! I think I have a few years left their son. At least I can say that I made up my own mind and wasn’t led around by my nose like you and your friends. I look forward to what you and others may write (except the puck bunny Pav…he knows nothing) but I wish you wrote more about things other than what my dumbass opinions may be. But you don’t. I wrote about a multitude of players from many different teams. Oragnanizations, their GMs. The Olympics, their Architect and players. I wrote about Junior hockey players, the Teams and their coaches. I have written about Hokey Canada, Bob Nicholson the clique. I wrote about the London Knights and the Hunters. I wrote about the Red Blacks, Golf, team names and Baseball. You…well you write about my submissions.

    My reality and twisted facts had the team finishing 10th or worse this year Davey-boy. What was your call? I also made the call on all your fantastic prospects (was all that twisted and unreal?). My twisted reality is shared by members of the media in the news papers, radio and television. Your “best player in the world” is a rover who doesn’t care! They have lost grip of reality too.

    I don’t expect a lot from the team next year son, I expect that you and the others do. If I wanted people to “look at me” I would be trolling across the multitudes of blogs aparently you frequent…but I don’t. I only chat with the few here. Look at me all 5 of you!!!!!

    I will spend my summer counting down my remaining days as my health and mind fails me and reminise on the days when I was proud of the Ottawa Senators and the promise of a big young defenceman named Christof Schubert who had his spirit broken so that the coach could sign and re-sign friends. It helped the team………miss the post season 3 out of 6 years and that in your mind is moving forward.

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