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What's wrong with the Senators?
Sat, February 7, 2009

By CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

Jason Spezza figures it's time for a change.

After scoring on three of his first four opportunities in the shootout earlier this season, the Senators centre has missed his last two attempts, including a shot into the glove of Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in Thursday night's 4-3 loss.

"Players only have so many moves in their toolbox and I think the (scoring) percentages are going down," said Spezza. "You've got to have a couple of moves in your arsenal and change it up."

Sens shootout woes grow



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As a die-hard Sens fan, I have watched them play from their first game of the 1992 season against the Habs.

Within a few years, the Sens proved to be one of the best teams in NHL. But last season and this season, the team has fallen from grace, but I do not blame the players. It is the management of the team. Last year, when Emery started caused problems, he should have been sent packing immediately. But no, the GM keeps him around. If were up to me, he would have been back playing rec hockey with his attitude.

Letting Corvo, Redden, Mezaros, Commodore and Stillman go was a huge mistake, just like the previous season when Preissing and Comrie were not resigned. Stupid moves on the GM's part.

And I will go on record to say, Ottawa should have never let big Chara go to Boston. Biggest blunder ever made.

So unless the Senators' management changes, expect the once-mighty Sens to reside near the NHL's basement. Maybe it is time to bring back Jacques Martin as coach as well. The Sens seemed to be at their best when he was behind the bench.
Merth, 2008-11-18 09:03:52

One line if even one of the best scoring lines in hockey does not a team make! We need a good scoring, hard working SECOND LINE to take pressure off of the 1st line and who can fill in on the first line if there's an injury. All we have is Fisher ( who unfortunately is hurt alot) for that 2nd line everyone else on the team is 3rd or 4th line material. Ruutu, Bass and Neil would make a great in your face 3rd line with the young guns of Foligno, Winchester and either McAmmond or Kelly centering for their penalty killing experience.

Everyone else trade bait. To help free up some money for that 2nd line Muarry has to include Gerber in a trade and bring up Elliot to go with Auld. Muarry right now is looking for a puck moving defenceman when I think his focus should be bringing in talent to create that 2nd line scoring threat that we so desperately need. Hartsburg has tried every line combo in the book but we just don't have it so now its up to Muarry to deal for it. Imagime a 2nd line of Sundin, Fisher and LeCavalier WOW!!!!
Pat, 2008-11-18 07:29:12

This is ridiculous. It's freakin' November. The season is far from over.

Two seasons ago, the Sens had a terrible start and then went to the finals. Last year, they started off great and then choked down the stretch.

Or is memory of every Sens fan (and the Ottawa media) that short?


Ron, 2008-11-17 22:41:47

I love it. For all the Leaf bashing by Senators they are still behind a team that isn't suppose to make the playoffs. Gone Sens Gone!
Jon, 2008-11-17 16:19:50

EVERYTHING is wrong with the Sens. This is a team in need of a major shake up. They have grown comfortable and lazy and most of them need a change of scenery.
David, 2008-11-17 15:41:47

There are many things wrong with the Senators. Some of them are the following:

The coach continuously keeps breaking up his only scoring line then wonders why the team cannot score more goals; Second line scoring has always been absent and continues to be so; All the puck moving defencemen have been given away with no one coming in return. They definitely have more team meetings than goals on power plays!

The problems begin in the GM’s office. He got snookered on most of the trades that he has made so far.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-11-16 21:11:00

Andy V, I was a Habs fan for many many years, starting back in the early 1950s when they had guys like Kenny Mosdell, Rocket, Lach, Butch Bouchard (père), St. Laurent, Curry etc., and used to make frequent trips to the Forum from Ottawa. Also followed the Senators of the old QSHL in those days when Quebec Aces had Béliveau. Great hockey.

In the early 1990s I began to drift away from the Habs, primarily due to the "different" fan base - i.e., "fans" who were there based upon it being "the place to be" and the fact they had money, as the old blue-collar crowd started to be squeezed out by rising ticket prices. I hated it when they started that Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye crapola and was delighted one night when they were playing - you guessed it - Boston, and leading 4-1 with about 3 minutes to go. The Bruins scored 3 times in a bit over 90 seconds. It was like a huge hand suddenly covered their yaps. To me, it's not only tasteless, but simply gives the opposition added incentive, if not for that game, then certainly for the next one.

In recent years, because I live here, I started following the Sens a bit, but the direction they took with those huge contracts to Spezza and Heatley is, in my opinion anyway, one reason for their cirrent predicament. They have become a clone of the Tampa Bay Lightning. All their money tied up in 3 or 4 players, no goaltending, a stationary D, and absolutely no scoring skill beyond the first line (and even that has hit a wall).
Gary O., 2008-11-16 17:32:34

Back to back losses to the Islanders and one point out of the league basement (i.e. not just the east).

Now it's time to panic!!!


Jake, 2008-11-16 12:51:00

Gary O.

My Habs will be OK and at or near the top of the league this year ( barring key injuries ), but that means little if they don't go alot deeper in the playoffs or

snag Stanley.

Boston won the game and they won the fights thursday. The

game was no biggie - except maybe to Cam Neely who nearly fell out of the box and into the crowd - guess he had a crappy summer - there will be more, and the rivalry seems like it's back. Gotta admit I was a little frustrated about Lucic giving it to Komisarek, and not seeing any payback from Laraque.

But we see Boston at the Bell Saturday the 22nd so...

It's a loooong season, and it's just started.

By the way what's your team?
Andy V., 2008-11-15 16:57:31

Mitch

sensitive aren't you, well sometimetimes the truth hurts. this is no different than the continuall rantings about sundin. just seems to me there are better things to discuss than the state of affairs of the senators
gord, 2008-11-15 09:50:52

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