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 […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Chabot’s Performance, Roster Cuts, O’Connor a Future NHLer

After assigning seven more players to Binghamton and signing 2015 first round pick (18th overall) Thomas Chabot to a three-year entry-level contract, Senators general manager Bryan Murray met with the media this morning to discuss the latest happenings with the club. To stream the interview, you can use the embedded player at the bottom of […]

Senators Sign Thomas Chabot to ELC

It’s really just a formality more than anything, but in looking at the photo above, it’s obvious that the signing gave Daniel Alfredsson the chills. Not being Thomas Chabot or one of his family, friends or any of the coaches who have personally had a hand in his development as a hockey player, it’s pretty […]

Guest Blog (@joshweissbock): Analytical Prospect Evaluation of Nick Paul & Tobias Lindberg

During the Senators’ development camp which kind of coincided with the release of a number of third party prospect ranking reports, I reached out to Josh Weissbock of and who specializes in gathering CHL statistical data and using that data to project prospect production at the NHL level. With this background, I asked him […]

Senators to Suspend Wikstrand, Many Questions Linger

Following last night’s report out of Sweden that Mikael Wikstrand would be jumping on a flight back to Sweden, Senators general manager Bryan Murray met with the media this morning at practice to discuss the Wikstrand situation. “Well, indications are that he went home yesterday. He had indicated from rookie camp really that he would […]

Updated: Wikstrand: Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Hey, remember that silly back-and-forth conversation through the media in which Mikael Wikstrand “munhugg”d it and expressed his desire to remain in Sweden this season if he didn’t make the big club which prompted a “We own his rights. He will put on his big boy pants and play in North America,” kind of response from assistant […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: 25-Minute Sit Down Interview with TSN’s Bob McKenzie

In his annual preseason feature, TSN‘s Bob McKenzie finally got around to interviewing Bryan Murray in his series of interviews with each of the Canadian NHL organizations’ general managers. The interview aired last night before Ottawa’s exhibition game versus the Buffalo Sabres and can be viewed in its glorious 25-minute entirety on the TSN website, […]