Thursday, July 31, 2008
First, Sundin's agent says there are now six teams interested. One has to think that if any of these new interested teams are a Western Conference powerhouse, he'll go there. Read that story here.
Second, McGuire posted an interesting breakdown of the Canadian NHL team prospects in WJ camp.
Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary all have two prospects vying for a place in the tournement. Ottawa and Montreal have one each, with Ottawa having the least chance of being represented by Canada at the tournament. Full story here.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Sun has learned Antoine Vermette avoided arbitration.
Here is the deal.
$2.525 million next season.
$3 million in 2009-10.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Which begs the question, Jason Spezza: If you can't identify complacency in the dressing room, is it because that complacency is you?
8 Million Bucks. Smile for the camera!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
With Finger, Mayers and Hagman also added to the mix, plus VESA TOSKALA ready to pick up where he left off last season, the only way to go as far as goals against is up.
It's something to look forward to.
In Ottawa news: Martin Gerber cashed his summer cheque last week and felt zero shame.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Battle of OntarioDon or Jay will probably update this with sens' highlights.
In Toronto - October 25, January 3, April 11 (last game of the year)
In ottawa - November 27, February 28, March 9
The annual "Fill Scotiabank more than usual and embarass local fans" game has been scheduled for February 28's matchup which falls on a Saturday.
Also, a quick (and belated) note of congratulations to Dany Heatley Speedwagon who is undertaking the unenviable task of keeping Scarlett Ice humming at its usual high level while Sherry is working in England.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
So while the Leafers here can look forward to Nikolai Kulemin becoming a superstar and Luke Schenn destroying Giggles for the next decade sens can look forward to a bunch of "third liners at best". The world is upside down.
As for the Sens' development camp -- I don't know what some of the other bloggers/media were watching, but if I were Bryan Murray, I'd be extremely concerned. Yesterday's 3-on-3 tournament provided very little encouragement from the farm. Typically, you can see a difference in skill between potential AHL call-ups/signed free agents who have a shot at making the team, and the rest of the prospects. That wasn't the case on Monday. We saw very little out of Cody Bass, Nick Foligno and Jesse Winchester -- Foligno has filled out nicely, but still screams "third-liner at best". Winchester's conditioning is extremely suspect -- we caught him on multiple occasions panting for breath while crouched over on both knees. This year's No. 1 pick, Erik Karlsson, also seemed to be struggling with similar issues. Perhaps Ian Mendes filled him up with too many meatballs.
Also worthy of note: Karlsson has the Spezza disease. He likes to skate with his head down, particularly in the defensive zone. Given that the kid is a blueliner, you can imagine how many times we saw him doing this.
Friday, July 11, 2008
UPDATE2: Or not not? TSN only cites a London A-Channel report. No announcement by the Thrashers yet or on NHL.com
Let the speculation begin regarding the speculation.
UPDATE: Or not.
Let the speculation begin regarding the credibility of Senschirp. A shame.
'Let the speculation begin regarding the future of Antoine Vermette.'
No money announced yet. Stats here.
The Sens will miss him and I think there is a real chance they will be out of the playoffs next year. Welcome to mediocrity, Ottawa fans.
From what I remember his game fell apart before the team asked to move him the first time and not vice versa.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Here are the stats:
No doubt Smith's improvement last year was a result of him being in the later pairings and getting reduced icetime against the top lines and perhaps a lighter workload from the Edmonton days suits his 35yr old body better. Nobody is expecting him to be on a top pairing. A even strength partner in Mezsaros is appealing with some PK time with Schubert.
As for the comparison with Redden... if you don't hit at all (and you don't block shots more than the average D) you'd better not give the puck away. Seeing Redden getting creamed into the boards again and again isn't something I'm going to miss. You'd like to give him credit for taking a hit to make a play but eventually it just gets depressing.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Mirtle's post on Morrison's signing in Anaheim brings up the Ducks' cap situation. You can see their payroll here. James mentions the often heard rumour of Schneider's departure.
Ottawa could fit Schneider's salary under the cap with Vermette at 3 and Mezsaros at 3.5. It would be very tight and you'd likely see some salary moved somehow.
Click to see the payroll/roster.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
If Murray fails at landing Tampa Bay defensemen Dan Boyle, then he is telling the fans in this city that the Senators are starting a rebuilding stage for this team. After Boyle is off the trade market there isn't alot of desirable talent available that could make an impact for this Sens team which sorely needs it.
Instead of griping about Murray's perceived tentativeness, they should be applauding him for not allowing the team to be burdened by huge no-trade contracts like their Ontario cousins down Highway 7.
Boyle might be a tempting presence on the power-play but the Senators would be stuck with his no-trade clause that will follow him from Tampa Bay. Six years of a no-trade clause is nothing but a disaster waiting to happen, especially for an athlete who is already 30 years old and has had only two really good seasons in the league.