Sitting at the Bridgestone Arena waiting for the Senators to take the ice for their afternoon practice. The only other people in the stands at the moment are three of the team’s corporate clients, Le Droit’s Sly St-Laurent, TSN1200′s Dave “The Voice” Schreiber, some sketchy dude in a toque and now, the Citizen’s Ken Warren.
Pierre Dorion, the Senators director of player personnel, joined the team in Nashville today. He wasn’t originally scheduled to be here. Clearly, GM Bryan Murray has summoned him. The new assistant GM? Not formally, but it’s still expected that he and Randy Lee, the team’s director of development and hockey administration, will co-handled the duties.
We all suspected Murray would get the job in Buffalo when he didn’t make this trip. Everyone loves Nashville. Fun, fun.
I sent Tim a text the other night from Denver. Told him a guy had asked me if he was the new Sabres GM. I told Tim I replied to the guy, either he’s got the job or he’s suffering a grave illness – and if he’s suffering a grave illness he’d still be here.
Tim laughed at that one.
Tim is one of the grumpiest guys I’ve ever met. We had some heated arguments over the years. But I also have a ton of respect for him, and I think he even has a little for me.
I’ll miss having him around. I like the miserable SOB.
Quick tale out of school, from our escapades last night.
The bartender at Tootsies came over to clear the table we had just settled into. One of the guys asked her to bring us a round. She did, and was back in about six seconds with the beer.
“What took you?” I asked
“Bleep you,” she replied.
That was the only time I was told yesterday.
Senators are starting to take the ice, led by assistant coaches Rick Wamsley and Jason Smith, and defencemen Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba.
I’ll check back later.