Browsing ‘Round the Interwebs

Quite the weather we’ve been having of late. It’s been so hot, even Alexei Kovalev could break a sweat out there. Fortunately, for the first time in what has seemingly felt like weeks, Senators news and information is actually arriving at a quick pace. In poor offseason form, I’m not entirely sure how to make the most of it, so here are your Wednesday morning links.

The Return of the Daugman

According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie (@renhockey), Kaspars Daugavins has inked a one year two-way contract worth $600k. As a restricted free agent, the news that Daugavins will remain with the Senators organization is somewhat surprising. It wasn’t too long ago that it was rumoured that Daugavins would only return to Ottawa for training camp to try and secure a NHL job. And had he failed in this pursuit, he would return to Latvia for Riga Dinamo.

Considering the number of forwards already on one-way contracts, he seemed like a longshot at best to crack camp with the parent club and give free moustache rides to the ladies of the nation’s capital. However, armed with his new two-way contract, this no longer matters. Should injuries befall some third and fourth liners, Kaspars would be a suitable candidate to receive a cup of coffee and prove his worth at the NHL level.

The particulars of what Daugavins will earn if he plays in the AHL next season haven’t been revealed yet so I’m just going to assume that it will be for less cheddar than what he would have earned had he chosen to play in Europe instead. And credit to him. There’s something to be said for a player who’s willing to give it another kick at the can before moving elsewhere. Between the Calder Cup run, his 6th Sens Podcast appearance and his free moustache ride t-shirt, I can already understand why he’s looked upon so favorably by the fans and teammates in Binghamton. Hopefully he can make the most of his opportunity this season and realizes his NHL dream.

Changed Nombres

Not too sure how I missed this but the Senators announced via Twitter (@NHL_Sens) that a few players will be sporting new numbers this season. Not only have Colin Greening and Erik Condra graduated from Binghamton ranks with their new one-way contracts, they’ve turfed their old numbers — 52 and 38 — for ones that are considered more conventional for NHL forwards. Like Radek Bonk before him, Greening has opted for 14 while Condra has settled for Shaun Van Allen’s old number 22. And somewhere former Sens GM Pierre Gauthier has to be cracking a wry smile.

Heritage Jersey Reveal

So getting lost in Icetheticsreveal of Ottawa’s new heritage jersey, is the fact that the website included the details of the team’s marketing packet that team could reveal as early as Thursday afternoon. (Note: Basing this on Ken Warren’s article in the Citizen that alludes to a Thursday news conference.)

From the website, here is a transcript of the packet that Icethetics received:

What I’ve cropped off the top of the photo for aesthetic purposes is the following text: “New Heritage Jersey” in bold at the top; followed by “Worn at all 11 home heritage games and 2 national broadcast away games.”

Now onto the rest of the packet. As I said, it basically talks about what the team is planning for this season in terms of marketing. Below you’ll find transcripts of the photos I received. (Rather do it this way than posting a bunch of blurry photos. Spelling and grammatical errors attributed to original text.)

The Game Everything starts with the game and we’ll celebrate the game over the entire season as well as having specific focus on some key areas for 10 games.

  • All-Star — games leading up to All-Star game recognize Ottawa All-Stars, All-Star moments

  • Legends Nights — Orr, Howe, Potvin, Lemieux, Yzerman

  • Team Canada 72 — Henderson, T. Esposito, Cournoyer

  • Women’s Hockey — Cassie Campbell

  • World Juniors — 2009 Gold Medal win

  • Minor Hockey — tell the stories of the passion that kids have for the game, recognize the volunteers that give so much to our game. Bell Capital Cup.

Heritage Other heritage elements will include:

  • Jerseys worn for away game in Montreal and Toronto on National TV. Have team travel by train in heritage look (fedoras) and sell packages for fans.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame displays at Scotiabank Place at NHL All-Star Fanfest and at Governor General’s Residence (leading up to and during All-Star)

  • Citizen special pages tied to each heritage game

  • Tickets for heritage games designed with heritage look/images

  • New heritage merchandise location at section 328

In Arena

  • Opening Week — luncheon with 92-93 team at Aberdeen Pavilion

  • Opening Night — celebrate 92-93 team

  • Game Nights — 20th Anniversary, Heritage, The Game

  • Fan and player stories — game, team

  • Interior / Exterior Exhibits and Installations

20th Anniversary 4 Key games to highlight significant moments in the modern era. Programming to include pin or handout, alumni/VIP appearances, luncheon, special merchandise.

  • 1992-93 Team — Boschman, Marsh, Turgeon, Brady, Shaw, Archibald, Lamb, Loewen, Smail, Sidorkiewicz, Rumble, Peluso, Murphy, McBain

  • First playoffs — Duchesne, Tugnutt

  • Wayne Gretzky’s last game in Canada

  • 2007 Stanley Cup Finals

Reactions to the Jersey Reveal

– “If the new Ottawa look turns out anything what is shown by , then wow. They might be the best in the league to these eyes.” ~ Patrick Williams (@AHLReport)

– “A thing of beauty.” Tim, The 6th Sens (@6thsens)

– “Absolutely brilliant. This is precisely what the Senators needed to do with a Heritage Jersey. They recognized that and executed it deftly. I can only imagine how good it will look in action this fall. I’m a huge fan. And to be honest, I can’t imagine we’ll hear from any true dissenters. Who could really dislike this? It will be the perfect replacement for one of the ugliest third jerseys in the NHL.” ~ Chris, Icethetics

– “I….um…don’t like them at ALL.” ~ Erin Nicks (@erinnicks), correspondent and The Universal Cynic

– “I’m pretty sure even Pascal Leclaire could have looked good in that sweater.” ~ Me