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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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"The players are residents of Ottawa"....(?)

Where would you expect them to live if they're playing IN Ottawa?

Have you ever even been to Ottawa? Seen a Sens game from inside Scotiabank place? There is no chance you have, because you would have seen the amount of emotion and dedication the 18,000 people that pack that arena every night have.

How is it that in a city of only 780,000 people (a small hockey market), Ottawa is still in the top end of the league in sales then?

F.Y.I

Local Heroes has 10 - 15 locations in Ottawa that sends buses FULL of fans to away games in Montreal and Toronto.

But good call on that post Daniel.
Len, 2009-01-25 11:24:18

daniel, what colour is the sky in your world? Doesn't "deserve" a hockey team? What kind of crapola statement is that? On any given night you can have upwards of 20,000 at ScotiaBank Place watching the Sens out in the wilds of Kanata, while downtown at the Civic Centre the 67's are drawing close to 10,000 and across the river in Gatineau the Olympiques are playing in front of a full house at the Guertin Arean (some 5,000).

Name me ONE other city in Canada - including Toronto and Montreal - where you can say the same thing. In TO and Montreal they're lucky if they get 2,000 at a junior game on ANY night, let alone when the Leafs and Habs are at home.

And gee, the players reside in Ottawa. What a concept. Living in the same city where you're employed. Could be revolutionary.

And "heartless?" Just recently, in tough economic times, this city raised millions for cancer research

Get real.

Far better to keep idiotic opinions to oneself and only appear to be a moron, than to submit junk like that and remove all doubt.
GaryO., 2009-01-24 12:16:11

Ottawa does not even deserve a hockey team they would rather watch local teams play each other cause they don't drive any farther then montreal. The players are residfents of Ottawa for the most part and love collecting their easy paychecks like the rest. Heartless city quite honestly, so is it a surprise. Hey now Gerber can work in Switzerland for 2010 on shutting down team Canada again
daniel pinard, 2009-01-22 14:44:02

Gerry, I've heard that theory before, but under close scrutiny it just doesn't add up. Using four exmples of teams having pretty good years (Calgary, Boston, Montreal and Detroit), they each have four players awarded the huge contracts as well, and it doesn't appear to have had any adverse effect on their play.
Gary O., 2009-01-21 19:05:46

You know if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is quit working.

How many Sens won the lottery

(new contracts) last year.
Gerry, 2009-01-20 16:03:48

Peter,

First off. When the Sens were attempting to make the Cup run two years ago it was NOT the first time they made it out of the second round. But good job researching. You must be a Leafs fan.

Also, I live in Toronto and Im a huge Sens fan. This is for one main reason. When the team is losing Sens fans dont satisfy themselves by saying that "it doesnt matter cus we sell out every game".

Pretty pathetic.
Len, 2009-01-15 16:50:34

Just another sad sack team here in Ottawa, they could all learn too drive buses.

Maybe they would be good at that?
Mike in Ottawa, 2009-01-15 13:38:27

Jake, do you get some sort of perverse pleasure about tossing out those lame one-liners every now and then? You have some good points to offer - stick with those and don't lower yourself to the "Leafs rule - Sens suck" or the reverse employed by those who clearly have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time.

And one salient point for you and everyone else who dredge up that Habs comparison: NONE among the Senators organization, including and especially the players, made that idiotic comparison. Rather it was a few media types and, significantly, NOT the Ottawa media. Rather, those dweebs on TSN and SportsNet who were looking at the early season record last year without attempting to analyse the results. Yes, the record was very good - on paper - but there were more than a few games in that run which they should have lost based on the play but didn't - games that this year they are losing. Everything balances out.

So, just stick to analysis and comments and observations. Leave out the rah-rah crapola. On any thread.
Gary O., 2009-01-15 11:59:18

Peter,

You've got to be a Leaf fan because somehow you've managed to turn your answer into "...yeah, but look at Ottawa". That's not an answer, merely some form of avoidance therapy.

I live outside Ottawa and I care about them. I'm actually a Hab fan but objectively name me one team over the ten years prior to the Sens meltdown a year ago, that was better and did not win a cup? Unless you are a TO fan you have to admire the way they handled their players. They drafted well, traded well, didn't put up with Yashin's crybaby attempt and made him play out a full year at his old salary before trading him for Spezza and Chara. Sounds like an excellent deal to me. They made a few goofs like Daigle, but a lot of other teams would have made the same mistake. They finally blew it when they started thinking they were good and looking for scapegoats, a la the Maple Leafs. They ran Lalime out of town when he had the best playoff average of any active goalie. They replaced him with Hasek who got hurt and then had to fumble with Emery. Then they dumped Hasek and found out Emery wasn't the saviour. Overall, they were one backup goalie away from going all the way.

But now, the Sens might get lucky and make the playoffs but their run is over. But it was a good one while it lasted.
Rick W., 2009-01-14 16:34:48

The Sens won their last game - I believe that we can now resurrect those comparisons to the '76 Habs. LOL


Jake, 2009-01-14 15:56:16

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