Watching the WBC and Typing Some Afternoon Musings

Schira Signs with the Senators:

Vancouver Giants defenceman Craig Schira confirmed Friday night that he had inked a free agent deal earlier this week with the Ottawa Senators.

It’s a three-year, entry-level contract. There’s no word yet on money.

Schira, one of Vancouver’s three overages, was fifth in defenceman scoring in the WHL going into action Friday, with his 55 points, including 16 goals, in 65 games. ~ The Province

Awesome. Anytime an organization signs someone with a name that’s pronounced She-Ra, it has to get you excited. Come on Murray, now that he’s under wraps, go out and find a defensive partner named He-Man. “I Have the Power!” I hope this guy makes the club in the future, maybe we’ll be treated to an Oakland Raiders’esque Skeletor sighting at the SBP.

Vermette Debuts Tonight

Our penpal ‘Toine is making his debut in Columbus tonight. Apparently he’s donning the #50 and will be lining up with Umberger and either Jason Williams (yes, THE Jason Williams) or Voracek.

Hillary Duff Moving to Ottawa

According to some anonymous poster on, Hillary Duff revealed on E-Talk Daily on CTV that she will be moving to Ottawa to be with Mike Comrie and to cheer on the Senators. Sweet. If there’s anything Kanata needs more of, it’s more pretentious bitches.

Ole Ole Ole Ole

You know what the best way is to celebrate a centennial anniversary? Missing the playoffs completely. With yesterday’s uninspiring loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, the 5th place Habs currently sit only 2 points up on the 9th place Sabres and 10th place Hurricanes. Even though his voice wasn’t recorded on any RCMP tapes, one would have to think that Bob Gainey’s sweating this one out.

Tonight’s Lineup

The Senators are going to stick with Brian Elliott.

Senators coach Cory Clouston said this morning Elliott will be back tonight against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

The Sabres are coming off a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Friday at HSBC Arena. Goaltender Patrick Lalime will return to the building for the first time since the Senators were eliminated from the playoffs in 2004.

“They’re playing well. They are a good team. Lalime is playing well for them,” said Clouston. “When you get that confidence from your goalie it builds through the rest of your team.”

Senators D Christoph Schubert will be a healthy scratch. ~ Bruce Garrioch, The Ottawa Sun