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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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When will fans (Ottawa and Toronto) stop living in the far past and look at events which have occurred after man landed on the moon?

Who cares what was done 40+ yrs ago? Lets look at what both teams have done since Ottawa was reinstated into the league in 92/93.

Ottawa:

Stanley Cups=0

Stanley Cup Finals=1

Conference Finals=2

President's trophy=1

Division Champs=4

Playoff Appearences=11

Toronto:

Stanley Cups=0

Stanley Cup Finals=0

Conference Finals=4

President's trophy=0

Division Champs=1

Playoff Appearences=10

The numbers are relatively close for both teams. Its hard to say one has been much better than the other in terms of team performances. At least Ottawa has made it to the Cup finals once in the past 15 yrs. Even with that, neither team can "boast" about anything really. Both teams suck right now any way you look at it.

As it stands now I'd bet Ottawa will get back to winning playoff ways faster than the leafs...especially if they keep losing this year. Anything that helps increase our odds at getting one of the top 2 draft picks in 2009 :) Hello John Tavares!
Frank, 2009-01-08 09:24:26

One more thing there "Someone":

During the early years you refer to (19teens/20's) how many cups did the Leafs win? Not even close to the Senators 9 of them.
Vandwemke, 2009-01-08 08:28:25

Dear "someone" and Jake:

Correct, it's been 80 years since they won their Stanley Cups (They are #4 all time, just behind the Leafs) so point taken, hell why would you not count the 70 years they were not there. Their absence was the Leafs good fortune. The Leafs actually had a chance to win the cup a few times while there was no Ottawa team. They sure as hell have'nt won it since Ottawa returned have they.

I will however stand by my 'Suck-ators' while they figure out their issues.
Vandwemke, 2009-01-07 19:32:13

It never ceases to amaze me how many so-called fans can't see the forest for the trees. The vitriol pouring out of pro-Sens, pro-Leafs, anti-Sens, anti-Leafs fans is just that - much ado about nothing. A fart in a windstorm.

The bottom line is, what the Leafs and Sens are faced with - bloated, long-term contracts involving 4 or 5 players - is symptomatic of what is wrong with a number of teams, among them Tampa, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Calgary, and a few others. Soon to be joined by the likes of Detroit, Boston, the Rangers, San Jose. When you spend 45% to 48% of your cap on 4 or 5 players you had better hope you haven't made any mistakes with your supporting cast, Because THAT is what the NHL is just realizing under the new CA: you cannot afford to make a mistake. Overpay for someone who turns out to be a stiff and, even worse, give them long-term contracts (hello Blake, Fisher, Penner et al) and you are STUCK with them. The contracts are guaranteed so whatever you do with the individuual in terms of buying him out or farming him (assuming they don't have a no-movement clause), it affects your cap spending. You sure as hell can't trade them. What the NHL should have insisted on when agreeing to the CA was a system closer to that used by the NFL. Sure, you'll see 6 year multi-million dollar contracts handed out - but come March, if they haven't been playing up to the level they're being paid they're cut loose. And no payment required because the contracts are not guaranteed.

In a year or two just about every NHL team will be faced with the same problem now faced by Toronto, Ottawa, Tampa, etc. as their rosters become top-heavy with 4 or 5 hefty contracts and they scramble to find mid-range and lower-scale players to round out their rosters. Except for teams like Phoenix,Nashville and Atlanta who aren't drawing enough fans to supoort any kind of decent roster over any appreciable length of time.

Welcome to the New NHL.
Gary O., 2009-01-07 19:08:15

Funny...Not so long ago i head a sportcaster on the fan 590 ( probably one of the few who isn't on the TML payroll) called Toronto fans "the most stupid fans in the world"

I presume Mr. Bob McCown had the misfortune of meeting you Jake, and...to employ your own classy expression.."bum buddies".

The only reason TMLSE is financially secure, rather then "succesful", is because of "loyal" losers like you, supporting an equally loser organisation for all these years.What's even better, is YOU coming on here, bashing other teams, since you have a single thing to cheer for in Hogtown, and pouving it to the rest of Canada.

Happy many more years of losing..:)


Mitch, 2009-01-07 18:19:55

Well...here you go Sens fans... According to Prime time sports' Bob McGown, Mr. Melnyk's just about to annouce the firing of Murray & Hartsburg, to replace 'em with Bob Nickolson (sp) and ol'man Quinn respectively. Best of luck !
Pilgrim, 2009-01-07 17:44:43

People need to relax. The devils,sabres, flyers, habs, pens, etc. etc. have all missed the playoffs during our 10 year run. There is no way a team with Shubby, Lee, Pircard, and Bell on defense will make the playoffs. None of these guys would have played in our top 5 in our "good" years. It doesn't matter who coaches.Years of trading away young talent and drafting high has to have an impact at some point. Lets rebuid, make some smart moves and try to get another in a position for another good run.
sweatred, 2009-01-07 16:19:25

What a Sens fan says when the Sens suck: "Sens suck."

What a Leafs fan says when the Leafs suck: "The Leafs are the most successfully franchise in professional sports!"
rhume, 2009-01-07 16:17:31

This is an easy question to answer - bad management and coaching.

Maybe it is time to bring back GM John Muckler and coach Jacques Martin. Craig Hartsburg should be sent packing and Ted Nolan brought in. Things would turnaround.

I can't believe the Sens have fallen so far from grace in two seasons. Two years ago they were playing for the Cup. Now they sit behind the Make-me-Laughs. How disgraceful.

With better management, the once-mighty Sens would not have lost so much in the last two years. Plus they would have had a number-one starter, although Alex Auld hasn't played too bad for Ottawa this season.

This year is a write-off for the Sens, but they will finish low enough to get their hands on some talented young players in the draft. Let's pray management wisens up by then and drafts smart.
Merth98, 2009-01-07 15:34:00

Jake:

You may be correct. If your definition of "Most successful team in sports" is defined by success 40 plus years ago followed by less the mediocre teams, surrounded by over inflated ticket price and a building full of corporate brown nosers…..then yes the Maple Leafs are EXTREMLY successful.

hahahahahaha
Tyler, 2009-01-07 14:51:35

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