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