So the day has finally arrived, the Senators’ latest acquisition is making his hopefully triumphant return to the desert. Hopefully Sportsnet keeps a camera on Dave Tippett all night so that we can chronicle his catalogue of his facial expressions as Kyle Turris is used in situations and plays with linemates that are uncharacteristic for a fourth liner.
Poor Turris. He was like the really attractive girl in high school who somehow managed to get caught up in a relationship with an overbearing and controlling d-bag. After years of enduring neglect and abuse, he finally summed up the courage to get out of the relationship and now Ottawa has reaped the benefits.
The only question that remains is: if Turris tears it up tonight and puts on a strong performance, will @BizNasty2point0 start believing that he can excel elsewhere as a second line player?
Other News of Pithy Importance
Dallas Stars defenceman Alex Goligoski has inked a 4-year extension that carries an annual average value (AAV) of $4.6 million. Prior to this season, Karlsson and Goligoski had relatively similar numbers but now with Karlsson sitting atop the defencemen scoring leaderboard, one would assume that Goligoski’s new deal represents the low end of the spectrum for what kind of AAV we can expect Karlsson to fetch.
Apparently the Senators have partnered with March Networks to provide a next-generation video surveillance platform to enhance security and operations at Scotiabank Place. This is great news. Now fans only have to worry about getting robbed whenever they pay for parking or beer.
Last night on the Hockey Central panel, Doug MacLean mentioned that Tuomo Ruutu is a name that could be mentioned quite often when discussing what the Senators could do at the NHL trade deadline. As an impending unrestricted free agent who carries a $3.8M cap hit, I hate the idea of overpaying to acquire a rental that doesn’t make this team significantly better. I suppose one could further the argument that he could give the team another center and depth down the middle but Ruutu has only taken 114 draws this season, winning 37-percent of them. Having played only 3 minutes and 31 seconds of shorthanded ice-time this season, it’s not like he’ll help the penalty killing unit either. At best, he’d move to wing on one of the team’s first two lines thereby relegating one of the wingers from one of the top three lines to the fourth. Is that a sizable upgrade or worth the cost to acquire him?