The Results Are There: Assessing Cameron’s One-Year Behind the Bench

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Dave Cameron’s hiring as head coach of the Ottawa Senators, so now is an appropriate time to look back and assess his first-year on the job. To Cameron’s credit, the results have been there. From this season’s 14-8-5 start to last season’s miraculous turnaround down the stretch that saw […]

League Does Philadelphia a Favour, Suspends Gudas for Three Games

This afternoon the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that Philadelphia Flyers’ shitbag Radko Gudas was suspended for three games for his illegal check to the head of Senators forward Mika Zibanejad. According to the video that accompanied their tweet: “Tuesday night in Ottawa, Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas delivered an illegal check to the head of […]

Michalek and Zibanejad Felled By Injuries

When your favorite team relies heavily upon its goaltender to offset the puck possession problems that the team is plagued by, and that same goaltender is rarely getting a rest because the back up goaltender is dealing with a concussion, and (AND!) that team is set to embark on its most difficult stretch of the schedule […]

Randy Lee Speaks: Chabot, Perron, White and Wikstrand’s Situation

After yesterday’s announcement by Hockey Canada that Senators prospect Thomas Chabot was included in the list of players who were invited to participate in the U-20 world junior selection camp, Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee met with the local media to talk about some of the Senators’ prospects. What’s great about this Lee interview […]

Fatigue Hurting Craig Anderson?

As Craig Anderson gets set to make his eighth-straight start in goal as his Ottawa Senators get set to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre, it’s hard not to wonder whether fatigue is kicking in. Assuming he plays 60 minutes tonight, he should move comfortably into the top ten for […]

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 […]