PDOing to the Top: Sens Need to Combat Regression in SH% and SV%

At some point in your life, assuming it hasn’t happened already, you’re inevitably going to know someone who’s dating someone outside their league. You talk about it with your friends. You admire it and joke about it saying things like, “It has to end at some point, right? Right?!” Looking at the NHL standings, the […]

Heading West: Sens Recall Driedger and Greening for Roadie

During the offseason, the Senators made a habit saying that they needed to build off last season’s momentum and carry it into the 2015-16 campaign. Off to a 10-5-5 start, the organization has to be happy with their record that finds them currently in second place in the Atlantic Division. Sure, the record belies the […]

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Prospects, Wikstrand, Scouting Meetings

Following Senators general manager Bryan Murray’s media availability yesterday morning, Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion appeared on TSN 1200‘s ‘In the Box’ to talk about the organization’s upcoming scouting meetings, the early season progress being made by their prospects and provide an update on Mikael Wikstrand’s situation. The interview can be heard via this […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Flattering Record, Health Updates,

Senators general manager Bryan Murray met with the media yesterday following the team’s morning skate. Considering how the organization’s record isn’t a perfect representation of their on-ice performance, Murray candidly shared his thoughts on their performance and ways in which the team could improve before shedding some light on the health of some of the […]

Rumour: Patrick Wiercioch’s Worth at Last Year’s Deadline

As analytics has essentially pervaded NHL front offices and hockey journalism, it is almost impossible to read or hear hockey commentary or analysis these days without some reference to a player’s underlying numbers and puck-possession proxies. Thanks to the emergence of analytics and the increased acceptance of their value in hockey conversations, one of the new hot […]

Insider Trading: Avalanche Called Senators to Gauge Interest in Matt Duchene

During tonight’s ‘Insider Trading’ segment on TSN, the panel documented the Avalanche’s efforts to trade center Matt Duchene. Here’s the transcript of what was said: Pierre Lebrun: “There is indeed (something to this). In talking to people around the league, his name is out there. There’s a lot of pressure on Joe Sakic and Patrick […]

Audio: TSN 1200’s ‘Advanced Chats’ featuring The 6th Sens

In case you have not been paying attention to the blog or the Twitter feed lately, on Friday afternoon I dropped into the TSN 1200 studios to record an ‘Advanced Chats’ episode. For the unawares, ‘Advanced Chats’ is a new program hosted by Ian Mendes that interviews different Sens bloggers each week to get a fresh perspective […]

Advanced Chats

Friday afternoon, I went to TSN 1200’s studios to record the latest episode of ‘Advanced Chats’. The one-hour program is hosted by Ian Mendes and airs weekly on Sundays at 9:00 am (EST). Its intent is to provide a platform for local bloggers to bring their own perspective on Ottawa Senators hockey. Two episodes have […]

Domi Reveals He Intentionally Turned on Persson’s Boarding Penalty

It’s May 12, 2002. The nation’s capital. The Corel Centre, an arena situated in a field outside suburban Kanata, is rocking for the start of game six in the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Staked to a 3-2 series lead in this Battle of Ontario series, the Senators held the […]

Remedying the State of the Senators’ Blue Line

For the past few seasons, it’s been transparently clear that Ottawa’s Achilles heel (apologies to Erik Karlsson) has been the team’s blue line. Over the past few years, the organization has glossed over the collective ineptness of the blue line for two reasons: 1) Erik Karlsson has developed into one of the most dynamic players […]

What’s Erik Karlsson Tired of? Stone Suspension and Melnyk Speaks

After admitting he chose rest over training in the summer, Erik Karlsson probably shouldn’t be using the word “tired” around certain reporters who have an axe to grind. Even if it is just a way of expressing his disdain for the new three-on-three overtime format. “It’s not really hockey. It’s whoever holds on to the […]

Report: Wikstrand’s Brother Diagnosed With Leukemia

A report just surfaced on the interwebs helping bring transparency to Mikael Wikstrand’s insistence on playing hockey for his hometown Färjestad BK. It turns out his brother has been diagnosed with leukemia. In an interview with Värmlands Folkblad‘s Johan Ekberg, Wikstrand broke his one-month silence and explained that because his brother is dealing with his illness, he wants to spend […]

The Extra 5-Percent

When Jonah Keri chronicled the rise of the Tampa Bay Rays, he described the process of how a downtrodden franchise made significant inroads in baseball’s toughest division without spending an exorbitant amount of money through their commitment to finding small edges or the “extra two-percent” in every aspect of the game. Here in Ottawa, Dave […]

Bryan Murray Speaks and Some Thoughts on Bobby Ryan’s Struggles

With his Ottawa Senators not playing again until Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, general manager Bryan Murray held a media availability at today’s morning skate to update everyone on the status of Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Although the scrum was short, it was important because it gave us a glimpse into how the Senators […]

Why MacArthur’s Latest Head Injury Should Force Cameron to Split Up the HST Line

Rather than mundanely using this space to discuss Thursday night’s game versus Pittsburgh and emphasize how Ottawa’s shot attempt and scoring chance deficit was bound to catch up to them sooner or later, I’ll spend time instead waxing poetic about Clarke MacArthur – an essential piece of Ottawa’s forward corps. As the Ottawa Sun’s Don […]

Thoughts Through Three

Heading into the 2015-16 season, excitement for the Senators was palpable. Not only did the Senators have one of the youngest opening night rosters in the NHL, their best player was coming off his second Norris Trophy win by the age of 25 and the team was looking to carry the momentum from their historical […]

Thursday News and Notes: Getting Ready for Opening Night

Forget all the quotes about players arriving into camp in the best shape of their lives. Throw away all the quotes talking about how (insert any prospect’s name here) who really made a positive impression. Throw away all those concerns about Erik Karlsson cutting his hair and punt all those quotes about how management anticipates having […]

Off to Bingo: Greening Waived

Speaking to reporters at yesterday morning’s practice, Senators general manager Bryan Murray indicated that Colin Greening was placed on waivers for the purpose of some other team claiming him on waivers assigning him to Binghamton. For anyone who’s watched Greening these past few seasons, the news hardly comes as a shock. Thanks to the organization acquiring Clarke […]

Breaking: Andrew Hammond Tweaks Groin

Holy shit, Bryan Murray wasn’t kidding when he said he believed Matt O’Connor was “an NHL goaltender in the future.” Just one day after making that clairvoyant comment, Andrew Hammond tweaked his groin today during this morning’s pregame skate. (As an aside, if only Murray could use this Hammond, who was scheduled to start tonight’s game […]