Senators fans weigh in

OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

We asked for your comments on the Senators situation and you are responding ... what do you think about John Paddock's firing, the return of Bryan Murray as coach, and what has happened with the team this season?

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I believe John Paddock is a good coach. However, the only reason I would agree on the change of a coach is that the team requires a major change in order to turn things around.

I don't think that Bryan Murray should take the role of coaching. Bring in someone like Pat Burns who can really improve our defensive core skills, considering we have major firepower up front. I believe that defence and goal-tending are the key components to win the Stanley Cup.

TOM GHADIE

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The Sens now have what is needed to go all the way. They just need a little push to get back on track. Lately, they look like a bunch of mice running in circles not getting anything accomplished.

Coach Murray will line up the mouse track to the opposition's net with a piece of cheese on his stick. As for Ray Emery, send him packing, put Martin Gerber back in nets as No. 1 and bring up Brian Elliot.

SGT. ALLEN G. BROWN

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We can analyze this whole situation to death, but at the end of the day it wasn't Paddock out on the ice but he paid the price for our so-called pro hockey players sub par performances of late.

As for the goaltending, I agree with a statement made by Don Cherry last October during Coach's Corner, in which he said that Marty Gerber, in his opinion, was one of the best goalies in the NHL and given a fair, consistent chance he would shine for the team.

As for Emery, a statement made by a 10-year-old boy who was in a department store I was in the other day pretty much sums that situation up. The clerk asked why he was buying a Gerber jersey. The boy replied "I don't respect (Emery) anymore as a role model because kids my age work really hard to try to get to where he is, but it seems like now because he has lots of money he doesn't care anymore."

DAN MIGNAULT

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OTTAWA

Have one thing to say about this situation: It is not always the coach's fault. Ottawa needs goaltending big time, not a new coach. Also need players that want to play in Ottawa ... Redden mister giveaway. We need players with heart like No. 12 Mike Fisher.

LUC BOUCHER

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Should have had Cunneyworth behind the bench in the first place. Plus, you have to get rid of Emery and play Gerber no matter how he plays, Gerber needs some confidence from the team and players.

Emery is the most rude, lazy, and arrogant player I have ever seen and would not pay a dime to watch him play.

J.D. FATA

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I think firing John Paddock is brilliant. Just the shake up the Sens needed!!

In my humble opinion, this has been Bryan Murray's plan since early February after dismal December and January results. He has stayed on as GM until after the deadline to bring in the players that he wanted to work with. He knew all along he had to dedicate his time to improving the squad (on the phone and dealing in person) before he took back the coaching reins.

Now the deadline has passed, he has the players that know him and what to expect from him and the new players he wants that will work hard for him. It is the perfect combination to have the Sens push for the Stanley Cup. Exactly what the good doctor ordered.

PAUL ROBSON

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Perhaps Bryan Murray should have reached his broom a little further -- obviously the goalies aren't taking goalie coach Eli Wilson too seriously, either.

Maybe this summer Sens management should count their losses and seriously attempt to move our "poster boy for bad behaviour."

JACQUELYNN GREENING

KANATA

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Okay, so now Bryan Murray's back behind the bench, and in the front office too -- a big job, to be sure, but putting Paddock out to pasture was absolutely the right thing to do.

Note to Eugene Melnyk: Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, my vote for dream coaching team for next year is Bryan back as GM, and Ted Nolan from New York as head coach. What could be better than two Jack Adams award winners running this show and getting the team back on track?

IAN CLARK

NEPEAN

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I think that there's nothing wrong with this team that trading Emery wouldn't cure. We've got a Stanley Cup-winning goalie and Paddock wouldn't play him. Trade Emery (at the end of the season, now that the deadline is past) for a bucket of pucks and a roll of tape. That what he's worth. Go Sens go!

DERYCK PERAULT

KINGSTON

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We all know having healthy competition can be a good thing, but trying to motivate by having certain players hoping for another teammate to fail so they get a chance? Not a good way to inspire team unity or a winning attitude.

He might be a good man, but as a coach, he failed miserably. Paddock should have been fired the day he announced his "win and you're in" policy. I can't wait for Murray to remind the Senators of who they really are. Eastern Conference champions!

JEFFREY JASTREMSKI

OTTAWA

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Mr. Melnyk, Emery has been a complete disruption to your team. I doubt in your pharmaceutical company that you promote lazy, rude, and selfish employees.

Gerber has only been a perfect example of a true professional. He went 16-2 and yet the organization continues to doubt him. Get rid of the shadow always looking over his every mistake and I promise you Gerber will flourish for the Senators.

MARCO LA VECCHIA

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Murray can't turn this team around unless it decides to play. I think Paddock made a mistake in the way he handled the goalie situation.

However, I see Murray is going to play Emery in Philadelphia, so what does that say? I prefer Gerber, as has character and wasn't given the chance he deserved. Emery will always be a distraction for this team. The defence is a problem as we all know. I just hope they make the playoffs.

BARBARA SCOTT

KANATA

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Paddock is gone and not too soon. Any coach that sets up competition between players (on the same team) the way he did with his "win and your in" Emery/Gerber standoff cannot make a decision. The choice resides with the coaching staff who consults management and bases the decision on play.

I thought we owed Emery a chance after last year's showing and but for his injury, we would have seen him take over where he left off.

Paddock got confused with Gerber's early record this year and removed Emery to second place. His reaction to that, rightly or wrongly, was frustration and inattention to practice and conduct.

Hopefully, it is not too late for Murray to change this around. Losing Paddock was the right choice now ... Go Sens Go!

BRUCE FROST

NEPEAN

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Sorry to see a good man leave, but we need a change. We are really slipping.

Of course, that trade deadline did not make it easier for the players like Antoine Vermette that feels that he will be the next one to go and he feels the heat every year.

I seconded Wade Redden's opinion that he will not be released from his contract. They have signed him and gave him a no-trade clause. Leave him alone and let him play.

In the past, when Redden was away, the team went through rough time and when he came back the team started winning again so that should tell you what kind of player he is. Of course, a player is not going to perform well if he does not feel that the team is backing him up.

The biggest Ottawa's problem is in goal. Give Gerber a chance he brought us to the first place and now that Emery is back we are putting him in the closet. That is a no-no. Emery had his chance and he blew it.

MONIQUE BISSON

OTTAWA


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