Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa Senators

23
Apr
08

NHL Play-Offs: Round Two

Alright, so as I’ve found out, doing this, following the post-season, and writing finals all at the same time is harder then I thought, but with one final to go… I should be able to balance it out better. Onto the play-offs!

First Round Review

  • Eastern Conference
    • MON vs. BOS: I chose Montreal in 5, and figured they would walk right through this series… MON took it in 7 and Price had two bad games, which I think are outshined by his two shut-outs.
    • PIT vs. OTT: I called Pittsburgh in 6, claiming that the Sens were the biggest chokers in recent history… well I was right, the Sens are big chokers… bigger then I thought they were. PIT swept.
    • WAS vs. PHI: I picked Washington in 7, and they were one shot away from making that happen, but the Flyers persevered in 7.
    • NJ vs. NYR: I really thought Brodeur would carry the Devils through when I picked them in 6, didn’t really think that NYR would for the most part, manhandle the Devils in 5.
  • Western Conference
    • DET vs. NAS: I underestimated Ellis in this when I picked the Wings to sweep the Preds, but other than one wicked bounce… Ellis was spectacular,  but wasn’t enough to get the Preds through as they lost in 6.
    • SJ vs. CGY: I picked the Sharks in 7, and I feel as though they are lucky to have pulled it out after blowing a 3-0 lead in Game 3. But they did, and won in 7.
    • MIN vs. COL: I picked this one completely by guessing, and was biased because my Dad’s team are the Avs, so I chose them in 6, and low and behold, they won in 6.
    • ANA vs. DAL: I really thought that the experience of the Ducks would make it impossible for the Stars to win when I picked Ducks in 5… turns out Dallas won in 6, and the Ducks never had a chance!

So in the end, I finished with a 5-3 record and I called 2 of the 5 in the correct number of games. Not bad… but not good at the same time, hopefully the second round is better for me.

Second Round Predictions

  • Eastern Conference
    • MON vs. PHI: While Briere hauled ass in the 1st Round, he wasn’t playing against Komisarek, Markov, & Price. I expect his production to stall, and I believe the Habs too much depth and speed for the Flyers to handle. Canadiens in 6.
    • PIT vs. NYR: I was pulling for the Pens vs. Caps, because that would have just been epic, but now this. This is a completely different match-up for the Rangers, and while I under estimated their depth last round, I seriously doubt that they can bring it when they are forced to play defensively. Pittsburgh in 7.
  • Western Conference
    • DET vs. COL: Let’s call this one the “Senior Men’s Cup”. Colorado’s average age is 26.7 while the Wings clock in at 28.2; two of the oldest teams in the league. Still though, I think the wings pull it off and Theodore can’t keep playing like this… can he? Detroit in 6.
    • SJ vs. DAL: The Sharks could be tired after the physical series with the Flames, and the Stars disposed of the Ducks with ease. The Stars showed that they will not be intimidated and that they can apparently handle anything. Dallas in 7.

So there you have it, I am looking for a Montreal/Pittsburgh Eastern Final, and a Detroit/Dallas Western Final. Now I have to go back to studying.

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15
Apr
08

Play-off Beards Starting to Show & Nonis

With just under a week having gone by in the NHL’s post-season, the beards are starting to show. While some guys can grow a decent beard overnight or have had one all season long, others take a little longer to get going. Case in point, Sid the Kid.

It might be a little difficult to see from that picture but I think you get the point. I first noticed his little perv stache when he was being interviewed about Avery’s antics the other night, and now when I go the the TSN website… there it is staring me in the face.

If at all possible, when the Pens line up in Ottawa tomorrow and attempt to sweep the Sens, try to get a good glimpse of his perviness.

Nonis Fired

Admittedly this isn’t big news at all, but the one thing that is continually being left out of this story is Swedish star Fabian Brunnstrom. Reports were coming out that Brunnstrom had given his agent a list of 6 teams that he was willing to play for, and the Canucks were at the very top of that list with Nonis being a huge factor in that decision. Apparently, Brunnstrom liked the direction that Nonis was taking the team into and he wanted to be a part of that… however, now that Nonis is gone, what does thacrt mean for Brunnstrom and the Canucks? I believe that because of the Nonis firing, Brunnstrom won’t be as willing to head to the west coast, and will instead go to Detroit… a team that continually just keeps getting better without losing their core and prospect pool.

08
Feb
08

Murray Wants To Trade Redden, But Redden Says Nay Nay!

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Senator’s GM, Bryan Murray apparently sat down with D-man Wade Redden, and asked him if he would waive his no-trade clause in order for the Sens to make a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Hello Patrick Marleau?

No, not quite. Redden said thanks, but no thanks. He wants to try to and win the Stanley Cup with the Senators this year.

What do you mean you want to win the Cup, Wade? This isn’t about you!

The reason I am bringing this up, is that TSN currently has a poll, asking whether you consider players to be selfish when they won’t trade their no-trade clause.

Well yeah they are being selfish, but can you blame them? If someone signs a contract, and both parties are confident enough to include the clause, they really shouldn’t change their mind a few months or years down the road, (this is hard for me to say as a Leafs fan, wanting everyone on the team to waive their no-trade clause.) I like to think that if I was signed to a contract with a no-trade clause, management shouldn’t even have the audacity to request that I waive it, especially to go to a place that is less successful.

So in the end, I am saying that I do think players that refuse to waive their no-trade clause are selfish, but at the same time, they should be. Even though you are supposed to play for the logo on the front, and not the name on the back, the ultimate goal in a player’s career is put the name on the back on the silver mug.

27
Jan
08

NHL to Open 08-09 Season In Europe

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Another one of the league’s worst kept secrets was revealed yesterday when they announced that the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lighting, New York Rangers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins would head across the pond to open the season.

The move did come with some controversy. Paul Kelly, the NHLPA Executive Director told the media that “the NHL put the cart before the horse.” What he means, is that there were still some issues that needed to be ironed out, and that the players had yet to agree to everything that the trip entails. For the most part, was the announcement that the Rangers would play in the Victoria Cup, and tourney that pits the European Champions to play against the Rangers.

I agree with the NHLPA on this one. The NHL should hold back on these kinds of things until the players agree to them, because lets face it, the players are the ones that are going over there and putting on a show. They are going over and risking their bodies, their reputation, and potentially their careers to give the Europeans the chance to see NHL teams live.

This again reminds me of a good ol’ flick called Mystery, Alaska. For those of you who haven’t seen it, some team in Mystery, Alaska gets a story published about them in Sports Illustrated, where the writer claims they could rival any team in the NHL. So of all the teams in the league, the New York Rangers are scheduled to come to town, and play outdoors against the Mystery team, but not before the NHLPA steps in because the players don’t want to go… sounds familiar right?