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Should the Sens break up their top line?
Mon, September 15, 2008

Craig Hartsburg isn't waiting to shake things up in his first season behind the Senators' bench.

As the players prepare to report for medicals tomorrow at Scotiabank Place, Hartsburg told Sun Media that he's breaking up the trio of Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson.

While Heatley and Spezza will stay together, Hartsburg wants Alfredsson on another line -- possibly with centre Mike Fisher -- to create a more balanced attack.

Do you consider this a good move by the Sens' coach? Have your say in our forum.

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One thing i have noticed with the senators' "fall from grace".The crap started hitting the fan in the middle of last year,when management decided that "the team needed to be better defensively".They were doing just fine up to that point,first in the east,giving up quite a few goals,but on most night,scoring enough to win.

Paddock tried "the new system",Murray took over,then, this year,Hartsburg's sticking to the same belief.

Well folks! With 2 wins in 8 games,the "new system" is not working a bit.

One would have better luck teaching an elephant how to jump,rather then trying to teach players like Heatly & Spezza how to play both ways.Those guys are offensive players,period!Let 'em do what they do best...score goals.All they do in the defensive zone is,get in the way,and screw everything else up.

Check it out...when this team was winning,it did it by scoring 4 or more goals a game...when it didn't...it lost,but at least,there were more wins then losses.Just how may games do you recall where this teamwon games by the score of 1-0 or 2-1..there weren't many.

Melrose's trying the same thing in Tampa,with Lecavalier & St-Louis,same results.

Elephants simply cannot jump.


Mitch, 2008-10-26 16:09:14

Ottawa's problem are not weither or not the team line should be broken up, Ottawas problem are between the pipes. Ottawa should of shopped around for a real goalie on the off season and maybe got rid of Alfredsson as he has proven to be made out of glass lately sure he is a good player if and when he is healthy but he is unreliable and what were they thinking going after Ruttu he best years were 3 years ago he is certainly not going to be the Sens Savior. This year the Canadians are looking awful so far I hope that changes as the season gets on but like usual there is no hope for the laughs
smallrage, 2008-10-22 20:00:39

If they continue to produce like in the past,then leave them together.The teams of old always had their lines stay together for the season so they could get used to one another and even had nick names for their lines.If it's not broke,don't try to fix it.
Johnny, 2008-10-07 12:34:34

It's DEJA VU all over again.

Hartsburg has learned the fans already knew. His predecessors including Bryan Murray tried the same move and failed. Spezza Heatley and Alfredsson are the best offensive line in Hockey, and breaking them up is like committing suicide.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-10-01 00:54:19

So, like every coach before him with the Sens, Hartsburg is re-uniting Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatly after all of 4 exhibition games, two of which Alfredsson did not play in!

What this suggests to me is that this team finally admits it is suffering from a serious lack of offensive punch when you get beyond those three and that, even with those three, they remain one of the worst pp combinations in the entire league - and nowhere is that more glaring than when they have a 5 on 3.

As presently constituted they are no better than middle of the pack.

If I were Murray I'd start looking around now for next year's job.
Gary O., 2008-09-30 19:46:16

I think the Sens have more important things to worry about other than their Big Three.

All great teams build their clubs from the goal, out. If I were a Sens fan I'd be more concerned about the depleted defence corps and suspect goaltending.

But, being a Habs fan, I hope they don't find any solutions any time soon.
Rick L, 2008-09-22 11:19:02

well, maybe you should petition Canoe to talk about those other teams then buddy because obviously so far it doesn't strike interest like Leafs and Sens rivarly. Leafs got enough on their plate to deal with this year as do the Sens (yes it was an embarrassment).

Maybe the Sens should try Fisher on that line. Then again, we need someone decent on the second line so maybe Fisher should stay. Tough call and maybe too early for this.
gerry, 2008-09-22 10:26:06

Why are we still talking about bunk like this when another Canadian team-namely, the Edmonton Oilers-is poised for a big season, by most accounts finishing no lower than 6th in the conference and contending for the division. What about the Canadiens, picked by many to win the Eastern Conference? Enough about the Leafs and Sens, talk about some real up-and-coming teams, not these overblown geeks.

Bottom line: Ottawa's window has closed. It doesn't matter whether they break up Alfie,Spezz and Heatley because those guys will all score goals regardless. The issue for them is on defence, which they screwed up royally by letting Chara go and keeping Redden. now they don't have an upper-echelon d-man, and no prospects for one, and a goaltending situation that is questionable at best.

Now that I've cleared that up, can we please have a fresh thread or two? Jeez...
Norbit, 2008-09-20 15:58:23

It must be a new season. Mixed in with reasoned, sound comments and observations come the inane, such as "jacob." See, jacob, that "Crusty The Clown" routine is old hat. It stopped being funny, even to the most biased of Leaf fans, years ago.

Try to think up something original.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-09-19 07:44:26

Hahahaha, jacob. Yeah, up in Ottawa we're having a hard time deciding how best to use all of our talented forwards. Down in Taronna you're having a hard time deciding whether the Ice Capades or the WWE will be booked into the ACC at playoff time...
shane, 2008-09-18 17:27:26

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