The Ottawa Senators have shaken things up.
Ottawa acquired forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday for forward Patrick Eaves and defenceman Joe Corvo.
The Senators lead the Eastern Conference and have made very few changes from the team that lost to Anaheim in last year's Stanley Cup.
Does this deal address problems in the Senators lineup? Are the Sens a better team following the four-player trade? Have your say in our forum.
Sens pull off a big deal
At first I thought perhaps when you said "knew you where more intelligent than you let on ..." and spelled it "comparisson" that they were typos - but now I'm not so sure.
If you are going to highlight your responses with insults at least get out a dictionary.
George O'Leary, 2008-02-24 11:18:28
This team is an enigma in every department. They can look like the league's most dominant team today and a junior B team the next. When the big line goes to sleep the Sens are dead meat. When the entire blueline decides to phone it in the Sens are dead meat. When the goaltending is merely average (as it usually is as of late) the Sens are dead meat.
Yet, if they play anywhere's near their capabilities they will destroy anyone in their path.
Dave in NS, 2008-02-23 20:33:53
I believe that Brian Murray is taking a gamble, by trading away two good young players for a couple of veterans who, correct if I'm wrong, will be UFA's at the end of the season, as he and probably the Ottawa fans grow impatient for a Cup win.
I agree that teams that fall into the trap of signing 2 or 3 key players to huge contracts are destined to end up like Tampa, but I'm not sure how this can be remedied. Melnyk and others talk about the Cup discount (players willing to play for less than they could get elsewhere for a chance at the Cup) but that's a pile of crap.
I also think that when players sign long-term contracts for big dollars, there main objective becomes preservation and survival until the final year of their contract when they need to step it up for their next negotiation (this applies more to Europeans than it does to Canadian players). This means not going down to block that shot at a key moment, not going into the corner to dig for the puck, etc. all in an effort to stay healthy. This doesn't help a team win championships.
I don't see the Senators coming out of the East this year unless Murray does something about the goaltending, and the team attitude that no other team in the league can compete with them.
Roland, 2008-02-23 14:41:24
Oh, by the way, did you see Brennan's column today? Here's an excerpt: "Entering the game (against Columbus), Neil led the league in minor penalties. Not a good stat for a tough guy who sits in the Top 10 in penalty minutes despite having half as many fights as the other nine." Tough - but dumb as a frikken post!
George O'Leary, 2008-02-22 16:50:50
This is not the team that started the season - they are, in reality, the team that has played since that fast start: mediocre after the one big line, with a shaky, error-prone D, and goaltending that is staggering somewhere along the "very average" line.
All the positive talk about "stepping up our game" - and "we have to find a way" and "we need to just do the little things right" will no more turn this season around for the Senators than will the same sort of wishful-thinking baloney we hear out of the ACC will help that other collection of mediocrity become winners.
For their glaring inability to score with any frequency on the PP I point the finger squarely at Paddock. He, and his assistants, clearly have no clue as to how to structure a PP, whether it's 5-on-4 or 5-on-3 (at which they have to be at or near the bottom rung).
Murray won't make changes in that regard or with his goaltendings - not at this stage of the season - and it's doubtful that he can make any other deadline trade that will have any great positive impact from here to the end. They'll probably do just well enough to make the playoffs (although missing them is not entirely out of the picture) and will probably finish somewhere around 5th or 6th. Then it will be a quick exit.
With the top heavy contracts to Heatley, Spezza, and Alfreddson they have become what every team is destined to be - the Tampa Bay Lightning. Four players making up the bulk of the cap fronting a cast of very average players filling out the rest of the roster. That's the "new NHL."
George O'Leary, 2008-02-22 11:49:56