The Return of the Game Day Thread

The Overpaid Lovechild of Glen Sather’s Whims (28-27-7) Vs Ottawa Senators (36-23-4) @ SBP, 7:30pm ET; Television: Rogers Sportsnet
Like Foreigner sang, It Feels Like the First Time,  It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do one of these game day threads. As is the norm, here’s what I wrote for James Gordon’s Ottawa Citizen prediction panel

Senators 2, Rangers 1

It was really difficult to go against the Rangers in this one. Their best players had a lengthy and emotionally exhausting Olympic tournament — Gaborik, Drury, Callahan, and to a lesser extent, Lundqvist. Sorry, I’m just not convinced that Wade Redden will be able to dust off the best first pass in the NHL after a two week hiatus.

To handicap the Rangers further, Larry Brooks has revealed on Twitter that neither Gaborik or Michael Del Zotto will play tonight. Here are the lines for the Ottawa Senators:

  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Cullen-Fisher-Kovalev
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Shannon-Regin-Winchester
  • Brian Elliott gets the start in nets.
Ottawa Senators Rumo(u)rs
With tomorrow’s deadline. Here are some Senators related rumours making the rounds…
  • ESPN Insider cites Elliotte Friedman as the source for the Senators’ interest in Marek Svatos. They also indicate that a 3rd round pick (at best) will get the job done.
  • The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Senators have an interest in Milan Jurcina. Yuck.
  • ESPN Insider mentions that Ottawa has an interest in the Islanders’ Andy Sutton. Allegedly, Garth Snow is looking for a 1st rounder but it’s believed that the actual return for Sutton will be a high pick and a prospect. (Ed. note: Sutton was acquired this afternoon for the 2nd round pick that San Jose sent to Ottawa in the Dan(n)y Heatley trade.
  • Bruce Garrioch is reporting that Dennis Seidenberg is owed a $1.25M bonus at the conclusion of the NHL season thereby diminishing his trade value considerably.
  • The Flyers, like most teams have made their position known to the sellers and are waiting. As of now the price is too high and requires picks. The Flyers have interest in Hamhuis, Cullen and Armstrong. Also Vokoun who is now apparently ready to waive his NTC. Which is huge. (Eklund, Hockeybuzz) Maybe Randy Sexton was right when he discussed rumo(u)r internet sites in our recent edition of the podcast.
More Volchenkov
I talked a bit with Tim last night regarding Murray’s comments and he raised a valid point. If Murray couldn’t move Chris Neil last season on a non-playoff bound Ottawa Senators club, what on earth would make people believe that he’d be willing to move Volchenkov when the team is currently in third in the East?
The acquisition of Matt Cullen and now Sutton, doesn’t really lend itself to making me believe that Murray will flip Volchenkov.
Andy Sutton Transcript From His Media Conference Call
“I’m ecstatic. It’s an unbelievable opportunity. The first thing that I said to Bryan (Murray) was to thank him for the opportunity. Being an older player, I get the chance to play on such a great team and get a chance to win the Stanley Cup is a dream come true.”

“I played here at school at Michigan Tech. with Jarkko Ruutu. And I had a cabin up on big Rideau Lake for like 8 years. My wife and I would go back in the summer and I’d skate with a few other skaters. I also skated in Kingston with Matt Carkner for several years.”

“I would like to play solid defensively. Move the puck, move the puck quickly, play physical and block shots. I try to really compete and play hard every shift.”
More Sutton
For those keeping track at home, the Dany Heatley trade has now fractured itself into Milan Michalek, Andy Sutton and a likely Jonathan Cheechoo buyout for Dany Heatley and the $4M frontloaded portion of Heatley’s salary this season. Fantastic.
Better Than A Digital Roundtable

Trina Maus went off the board, picking coach Cory Clouston because of his personality.

“He’s sexy for doing the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ commercials,” noted the 32-year-old Trina. ~ Ottawa Sun

What else needs to be said other than, BWAHAHAHAHHAAA!!!

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