DON BRENNAN: They've got to find out if (Brian Elliott) can play. I happen to think they're gonna go on a run, with Elliott in goal, a run that will have people jumping back on the bandwagon and believing they're gonna get back in the playoff race.
BRUCE GARRIOCH: I am going out for dinner -- here are some thoughts from me.
GARRIOCH: I think Craig Hartsburg deserves a chance to save his job with someone who can stop the puck.
GARRIOCH: How the mighty have fallen? Relying on an untested rookie. Maybe somebody should be riding these underachieving guys out of town. Never seen a group of players collectively look so awful. Time for Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly and Chris Phillips to find their games.
GARRIOCH: Why not ride Elliott? They have nothing to lose. If he can stop the puck, why not? Gerber and Auld haven't done it.
GARRIOCH: Tickets for games from February to April went on sale last Saturday. Those must have been big sellers.
TIM BAINES: A better topic than this may be our fellow panellist, Bruce. He literally mailed his contribution in, all together. So he dominates the first part of the conversation. Space hog. He says he has a dinner date. Do you think it's a freebie? Do you think he's ordering steak and potatoes or is he a salad kinda guy? Is he wearing a bib?
BRENNAN: My belief in Elliott has nothing to do with the fact that I now have him in two, yes TWO hockey pools. It's legit. Plus, I'm listening to Chris on the radio, warning listeners against putting too much faith and hope in Elliott.
BAINES: You guys are so fickle. So you've now determined that Alex Auld is a career backup goalie after building him up to be the second coming of Patrick Roy a month ago. I don't disagree with giving Elliott a chance. I just wonder why your memory is so short.
BRENNAN: I still like Auld. I still say he was one of the best free- agent signings in the NHL. So now with Elliott, they're going to have one of the best tandems in the league.
CHRIS STEVENSON: I don't think the memory is short around here. Auld played great. He's done it before. The question was could he sustain it? For a couple of reasons, he didn't.
BRENNAN: Traffic is ridiculous. Why is it people suddenly lose their ability to operate a motor vehicle when it snows? Hey, I'm gonna drive in the OC Transpo bus lanes! They're not using them. And why did the drive-through lady ask me if I want a donut or a muffin when all I ordered was a coffee. I know their damn menu. If I wanted a donut or a muffin, I'd ask.
BAINES: Yeah, have another donut, Don.
BRENNAN:: You don't read very well, Tim. I said I passed, like Jason Spezza.
BAINES: Hey Don, call into the radio show and tell Stevenson to get the hell back online with us here. Doesn't he know that we've got an audience of thousands waiting for him to dig deep into his Googling bag of tricks and his pocket dictionary to salvage this Digital Faceoff?
BRENNAN: There's no hope of that. Not even Brian Elliott himself could save this one.
STEVENSON: Elliott has played a good half-season in the AHL. Expecting him to lead the Senators to the playoffs isn't far-fetched. But Don also believes in an early spring and the Easter Bunny.
BAINES: The Easter Bunny hides chocolate-covered donuts around Don's house.
BRENNAN: I just heard Chris say on the radio that Dany Heatley's name has been "thrown out there" in trade rumours. Really? Does he mean other than now?
BAINES: Chris probably just Googled that somewhere. Or else he just made it up.
STEVENSON: Heard some talking heads throw it out today. Makes no sense.
BRENNAN: Does Chris realize he is, in fact, himself a talking head?
BAINES,: Talking Heads? What's this got to do with them? Burning Down the House. Psycho Killer. Once in a Lifetime. I was never really a big fan. But I guess they're still legends.
STEVENSON: I have the looks for radio. Psycho Killer was a pretty good song.
BRENNAN: Ques cu c'est?
BAINES: Don, you have a way with French ... and English, too.
STEVENSON: I would have taken that donut.
BRENNAN: For my closing, let the record show that it is now 6:46 p.m., about 50 minutes before the Senators take on the Hurricanes, and I am calling for an Ottawa win tonight, with Brian Elliott being one of the three stars. Probably first. I'm just sayin', there's a lot more of that to come.
STEVENSON: Didya at least bring some Timbits?