NEWARK _ Strange days. Strange decisions.
Nobody can seem to put their finger on why the Senators lack consistency.It has been an issue all season.
Now comes a stranger decision: Sitting Marc Methot.
He won’t play against the New Jersey Devils. Coach Paul MacLean doesn’t want to change a winning lineup. I get that, I guess. He has done it before. He has taken out goalies who have won. I hear people in Ottawa aren’t happy with this decision. They are wondering what is happening. Sure, Cody Ceci’s play has caught people by surprise.
Methot is ready. He is recovered from the flu. He wants to get back in there and play. He is also sayng all the right things and being a good pro about the decision. I just don’t completely understand it. He is right to be professional. Moaning and whining wouldn’t do the team any good. He still should be playing.
Patrick Wiercioch or Joe Corvo could easily come out tonight and nobody would take a second look. Methot is one of the club’s top four defencemen. He is counted on for leadership. He deserves to play.
There is no lesson to be taught here by sitting Methot. He should be in the lineup. Case closed.
I hope he’s back tomorrow against the Florida Panthers because this sitting shouldn’t drag on.