Hey everybody

- October 7th, 2014

NASHVILLE _ Just landed after a nice afternoon flight here.
Maybe check out Broadway Boulevard tonight to see what’s happening.
The Senators will open the seaoson here Thursday.
GM Bryan Murray has tried to make a deal. He has spoken to a couple of teams but isn’t finding much in the way of action. Nobody is really making any significant moves at this juncture. Teams have their players and they’ve just come through camp.
Does this team make the playoffs?
Myself I think they somehow find a way. Everytime they we count them out they seem to get up off the mat and get going. Will be difficult in the East. Everybody around them has improved. Let’s hear your thoughts. Bobby please go ahead.

Forwards (14): Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Zack Smith, Clarke MacArthur, David Legwand, Erik Condra, Chris Neil, Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Alex Chiasson and Mika Zibanejad.

Defence (7): Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips, Cody Ceci, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba, Erik Karlsson and Mark Borowiecki.

Goaltenders (2); Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

Injured (1): Marc Methot, D.

Big day for Senators

- October 2nd, 2014

The Senators called it a big day.
Huge actually.
Erik Karlsson was named captain and Bobby Ryan signed a seven-year, $50.75 million extension. Somebody joked with GM Bryan Murray all he needed to do next was make a trade.
Karlsson, the ninth captain in history, couldn’t have been more pleased. He takes over from Jason Spezza, who was dealt to the Dallas Stars on July 1.​
“I’m a little bit nervous actually as I don’t know what to say,” said Karlsson. “It’s a good feeling. It’s an honour to be a captain of a Canadian team and it’s not something that I could have hoped for when I came here, but I embrace it and I’m very much looking forward to the responsibilities to come.”
As for Ryan, those talks had gone under the radar but he felt staying with the Senators was the right decision.
“I’m thrilled to make a long-term commitment to the team and the city of Ottawa,” said Ryan. “We were immediately embraced by the city. We felt we found a place we could call home.
“When it came to this decision, it was fairly easy. It was almost a no-brainer. It was a bit longer process for the fans and the media.”

Down to crunch time

- September 30th, 2014

WINNIPEG _ Just got into the MTS Centre.
The Senators have three exhibition games left, three chances to decide what is next for them as far as cuts go.
I’m not sure there are a lot of big decisions. Most are obvious.
Matt Puempel is being given a big chance tonight. He will play on the top line against Winnipeg with Mika Ziibanejad and Alex Chiasson. Good chance for the kid. He deserves it.
Paul MacLean has liked him since he saw him in London at the rookie tournament. Really good chance Puempel could be a callup.
I reallly think the Senators will need to decide what to do with Mike Hoffman and JG Pageau at the end of camp. Pageau is on a two-way so he can go down and be recalled. Hoffman could get picked up by Buffalo on waivers if the club decides to send him through.
“Other than the fact that puck goes in the net when he shoots it? That’s what I like about him,” said MacLean with a smile. “His attention to his fitness level. When you hear (strength coach) Chris Schwarz talk about (that) he’s a fine example of the dedication to that work.
“(His) skating, his fitness, his work, has come a long way in a short time. Right now, he’s giving a good account of himself. The puck goes in the net. That’s the biggest thing. Even in practice, the puck goes in the net for him.”
l LEBRETON FLATS: Interesting announcement from the NCC people. Should make for plenty of speculation about the Senators building an arena there. My take: It piques the club’s interest but it is a long way off. Not sure they’d even be interested in making a bid to build an arena there. Plenty of upgrades at Canadian Tire Centre _ including some with suites next year.

The dog days

- September 27th, 2014

The Senators are in those tough, long days of camp.
Today is a practice and followed by a scrimmage.
The easiest cuts have been made and the toughest decisons are ahead for GM Bryan Murray, coach Paul MacLean and the staff.
The final three exhibition games will decide where everybody fits.
Up front, the top two lines look pretty much settled, depending on Milan Michalek’s injury. It will be MacArthur-Turris-Ryan while Michalek-Zibanejad-Chiasson looks like the second unit.
From there, it gets a little sketchy, but Greening-Legwand-Smith seems to make sense. Maybe move Smith to the middle.
Naturally, the biggest decision at the end of camp will be with Curtis Lazar. If he’s going to play nine minutes a night on the fourth line, should he stay here? That’s what the Senators have to decide in the next seven days.
By this time next week, the roster will pretty much be settled. The start of the season is not far away. The club holds its last scrimmage today and then practice for the season really begins.
I’d anticipate we will see more cuts in the next couple of days because Binghamton is scheduled to go to Lyon, France Monday.

Senators make first big cut

- September 25th, 2014

Here’s how the Ottawa Senators lined up at practice Thursday after the team’s major roster cutdown.

GOALIES
Craig Anderson
Robin Lehner

DEFENCE
Fredrik Claesson-Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen-Cody Ceci
Chris Phillips-Patrick Wiercioch
Mark Borowiecki-Eric Gryba
Injured: Marc Methot

FORWARDS
Clarke MacArthur-Kyle Turris-Bobby Ryan
Matt Puempel-Mika Zibanejad-Alex Chiasson
Colin Greening-David Legwand-Chris Neil
Mike Hoffman-Zack Smith-Mark Stone
David Dziurzynski-Curtis Lazar-Buddy Robinson
Injured: Milan Michalek, Erik Condra, Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Discuss among yourselves.