Methot ready?

- December 1st, 2014

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. _ Marc Methot could finally be ready to come off the shelf. Yup, it’s true.
Senators coach Paul MacLean wasn’t in the mood to confirm it but a decision will be made after the morning skate.
I suspect Methot is going to play.
Even MacLean admitted it was imminent.
“It appears he had another good day on the ice which is another step closer to playing,” said MacLean Monday. “When is that? There’s still patience.
“It’s going to be our call at the end of the day. Beween him and us, he has declare whether he can play or not. At the end of the day. we’ll talk with (Methot), (athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) and with (GM) Bryan (Murray) and decide when it is best for him to play.”
Is it imminent?
“I’m hoping. You guys will stop asking me about it if we get him in the lineup and get playing,” said MacLean. “We’d like him to play right away, but he has to be ready to play.”
If he does play the Senators have to something: Trade somebody or waive somebody. Keep an eye.

Ryan sidelined

- November 29th, 2014

TAMPA _ The hits just keep on coming for the Senators.
Coach Paul MacLean confirmed Saturday morning high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan has a factured finger and no timeline has been given for his return.
MacLean hasn’t ruled out Ryan returning Tuesday against the New York Islanders but the Senators need more time to examine the injury.
The belief is the injury isn’t serious and Ryan may not miss long but that has yet to be confirmed or determined.
“He’s out for tonight. We have to see how it settles down to get a better diagnosis on how long it would be or if he’d be able to play in Long Island,” said MacLean Saturday.
Losing Ryan is a big blow. Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman will return tonigh after missing six weeks with a broken finger.
“He’s one of our top players and he’s an offensive threat for us,” said captain Erik Karlsson. “He takes a lot of pressure off other guys when he’s in our lineup. He’s definitely a guy we want in our lineup.
“I don’t know what his status is out right now but we’ve just got to figure it out.”
Winger Zack Smith is a healthy scratch for the first time this season while Mika Zibanejad goes back in after missing the last two games as a scratch.

Terrible, terrible, terrible.

- November 29th, 2014

TAMPA _ That was a disgrace.
Perhaps, the worst this season.
The Florida Panthers deserve credit by skatiing circles around the Senators and not getting exhausted by the start of the third.
The coach wasn’t happy. The players weren’t happy. The heat is starting to build here in the Florida sun. It was a good chance to get two points and the Senators lost 3-2.
Coach Paul MacLean couldn’t take it.
“We have a very good goalie,” said MacLean. “The rest of the group not even close to being acceptable. Our effort in two of the last three games the competition level has not been where it needs to be.”
MacLean didn’t stop there.
“We can’t always blame it on being young,” he said. “We can’t have excuses. We have too many excuses right now. This didn’t happen or that didn’t happen or this or that or this …
“Way too many excuses. We need people who want to come here and compete.”
And, he kept rolling.
“Call it whatever you want to call it. It’s something we have to solve: The consistency of our game, our competition level, is not near, near good enough play in this league and be successful,” said MacLean.
There will also be an update on Bobby Ryan today. He got hurt in the third period when he was slashed.

Circle your calendar

- November 27th, 2014

Daniel Alfredsson will say goodbye in Ottawa.
He confirmed to a Swedish TV station Thursday he is retiring and is looking forward to coming back to the Canadian Tire Centre for his ceremony.
Asked if he was going to retire by SVT Sport in Sweden, Alfredsson confirmed he was hanging up the skates.
“Yes, that’s right,” he told the station in an exclusive interview from his Detroit home Thursday.
This will be one of the most anticipated nights in Ottawa sports history.
After his ugly departure for the Detroit Red Wings as a unrestricted free agent on July 4, 2013, Alfredsson will be brought back with open arms.
Though he had discussed the possibility of announcing his retirement last Monday when the Senators were in Detroit, this day and night will be focused soley on celebrating his career.
The Senators and Alfredsson felt it would be more appropriate if he closed the door on his career in the place where it started and where he enjoyed 99% of his highlights.
Though his No. 11 jersey, the one he wore for 17 seasons in Ottawa, will certainly hang in the rafters someday that won’t happen next Thursday. That can be done on some other time.
Instead, the focus will be on Alfredsson saying goodbye for the final time. He confirmed Thursday he is going to retire and couldn’t be happier to put this chapter behind him.
Alfredsson tried everything he could to make a comeback with the Wings this season, but in the end his back just wouldn’t let him to do it.
“I’m glad to have reached a desicion, to get it over with,” Alfredsson told Swedish report Marie Lehmann.

Some notables to keep an eye on in Detroit

- November 24th, 2014

Good morning from the Motor City

- The Senators won both their games in Detroit last season _ including a 6-1 victory the first time they ever faced Daniel Alfredsson in another uniform. Many felt that was Jason Spezza’s coming out party as captain. Of course, it didn’t last but it sure looked like it at the time.

- This starts a five-game road trip against tough opponents (with the exception of Florida). Craig Anderson said today the Senators approach the season in five game segments. They want to get 6-of-10 points on this trip with stops in St. Louis, Florida, Tampa and Long Island before getting home next Tuesday.

- I am reporting that Alfredsson has reached out to the Senators about his retirement ceremony. It won’t be while the team is on this road trip. Alfredsson had dinner Erik Karlsson Sunday.

- Marc Methot is on the trip. Nobody is sure if he is going to play. I will check on this. His teammates told me last week the way he’s ramping up in practice they expect him to play soon. It seems sending him to the minors has been dropped. They said they wouldn’t play him against Sidney Crosby to start. Well Florida is about the easiest opponent on this trip. So we’ll see.