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Are you happy with the Sens' offseason moves?
Thu, August 28, 2008

The Sens are a team that went to the Stanley Cup final two years ago before suffering a disappointing season in 2007-08.

They have a new coach and now no more Ray Emery.

Can the Senators turn it around and make a fresh start next season? Have your say in our forum.



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Shane,apples and oranges?Seems your oranges have turned to lemons again.Leaves a bitter taste in yer mouth don't it?Made it to the playoffs again?Great,now get yer golf clubs out.Ken,who's Laffing now?Face reality.
SensLess, 2008-04-17 11:33:51

the hens lasted for 4 games in the paly-offs? wow! that's success! they are back to their usual losing ways. who sad it is not!

i feel sorry for the local giant tiger store, tho. they are left with a lot of unsold hens crap, again. :-)

it's quite funny seeing the hens fans trying to make their team look better by talking about the leafs! :-)

suck hens suck!
Peter, 2008-04-17 11:32:22

Ben

I agree, I think Luongo is getting tired of having to win games 2 - 1 or 3 - 2.

Thats alot of pressure night in and night out to put on a goalie, especially one that plays as many games as he does.

I wouldnt be surprised at all if he does ask for a trade, I wouldnt blame him one bit.

When the Canucks knocked out Dallas in last years playoffs, it was soley on Luongo's great goaltending as they were shut out 3 times lol.

Maybe he will wait till the draft ( trades ) and free agent signings to see if the Nuckers do anything to improve there offence. If they dont it maybe bye bye Luongo.
John, 2008-04-17 10:51:36

The Sens are finally doing what the Laffs do, playing golf.

Only Laffs have been out playing a few weeks longer.

GOLF LAFFS GOLF
Ken, 2008-04-17 10:43:01

Misery loves company!

It is quite enjoyable seeing leaf fans trying to make their situation seem positive measured against the sens troubles...

It's apples and oranges toronto, the sens got into the playoffs, again. They have some talented young players, some quality vets under contract, good goalies, tradable assets and at least some 'hockey wise' fans. The leafs have virtually no positives I can use to compare, and a very 'hockey-dumb' fan base. Oh wait, sorry I forgot that Luongo, Vince, Sundin, Pronger, Burke, Niedermayer, Ovechkin, Crosby are all going to toronto, just beggin' to be leafs. Ya, right!


shane, 2008-04-17 09:59:37

Seems like a long time ago the Sens were being compared to the best teams ever huh? I don't think Ray Emery is the sole reason for the way things worked out for the Senators, but he is a big reason. His only caring about himself attitude sucked the spark out of the rest of the team and it's been all downhill from there. Definitely get rid of him, maybe to a team he doesn't want to play for and show him just how good he had it and let it slip away with his childishness and selfishness. Just another spoiled athlete that thinks the world owes him something.
Brian, 2008-04-17 09:56:29

You fans in Ottawa should push Murray to inquire about getting Roberto Luongo, and then giving Vancouver whatever they want in return (now that they fired their GM over there, who knows what will happen?) Emery is being made out to be the scapegoat, and Gerber is a good backup, not a starter. Do it before the Leafs or Oilers wake up and pitch for Luongo first.
Ben TO, 2008-04-17 09:15:02

Maybe all you Sens fans who have been gloating about how great your team is and how bad the Leafs are will ease up on us poor leafs fans and look in the mirror a little harder.We're both in the same boat now,the question is where the boat will end up next year.Good luck next year to both teams.We'll both need it !
John B, 2008-04-17 08:56:53

So, Melnyk says Murray stays. I think Murray has already proven he's not up to the job. But I don't suppose that really matters since I don't think that anyone is up to the job. Murray can't continue to coach because they obviously need a nasty in-your-face type who will enforce team discipline and require them to play a physical style. Another reason he can't continue to coach is that, as GM, he needs to be completely ruthless when it comes to player personnel decisions. This Senators team is nothing like the kind of team he promised.

In fact, they're in the worst of all possible positions - not a bad team, but then again not a good one either They are, in a nutshell, a mediocre team, and that's the kiss of death in this cap world and being positioned where they can't get a high draft pick. They won't this year either.

They are also weighed down with a number of high priced, seriously flawed "stars" and a roster that consists mostly of "fillers" (read stiffs). The best they can do in the off season (if they're lucky) is to get rid of a number of those stiffs and replace them with guys who will, at best, be slight upgrades. We likely won't see more than one major trade. They are too hard to make under the salary cap system.

Emery and Redden are gone. Those are the no brainer moves that even JFJ could make. I'd trade Spezza in my one big move. Heatley played very poorly in the playoffs and could be a candidate to go. But if it comes down to making only one blockbuster deal, that one deal should involve Spezza. I would also get rid of, by priority: (1) McAmmond (2) Neil - solid bone between the ears without any idea as to when to assert his "toughness" (3) Lapointe (4) Robitaille (5) Donovan (6) Kelly (7) Richardson (8) Commodore. Whoever the GM is, he'll be hampered by the fact that this is a poor UFA crop. Langkow, Huselius and Brian Campbell are probably the best available. None of them bring a lot of "backbone". I'd be sorely tempted to go after an RFA, with Jeff Carter and Corey Perry heading my list. Among the D, Jay Bouwmeester, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Green in Washington are RFA possibilities. The problem with Bouwmeester is that he's essentially a bigger version of Redden. Weber is a bit young, so Suter would probably be at the top of my list.

Who would I keep? Volchenkov, Phillips, Foligno, Lee, Schubert, Fisher and Alfredsson. I'd probably also keep Vermette, Stillman and Meszaros if the money was right. Heatley needs a coach who won't let him get away with being just a one-dimensional player but, as I said, I'd keep him over Spezza. Gerber is the toughest call.

I think that, while they will hang around the Top 8 in the foreseeable future, it will take 4 years to make them a serious contender again.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-04-17 08:48:11

Senators did exactly what they have done for the past 10 yrs. choked under pressure. They have never been or will never be a legitimate contender until they make some wholesale changes to the organizarion.
Rod, 2008-04-17 08:39:01

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