Bench Kuba next time

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BRUCE GARRIOCH: Hi, everybody. Don Brennan just landed in Long Island and weíre happy to be joined by Team 1200 Senators Insider Scott MacArthur on the Digital Faceoff. Guys, wondering if we all think Robin Lehner should start in the net against the Islanders Saturday and wondering what we thought of that pull against the Wings. A lot of people felt it was bush league by Cory Clouston.

SCOTT MacARTHUR: Take your cheesehead on the road, Doni B? A Bears fan like you must be hurtiní going into this weekend! Regarding Lehner, I didnít like the pull, boys. If Robinís going to be up here, heís got to play and if heís going to get yanked from a game itís got to be because he, not his team, pooped the bed. Why did Filip Kuba get another shift after that third Detroit goal? Lehner made two point-blank saves before the third shot went in. But I suppose the Sens are in the spot theyíre in, in part because guys like Kuba havenít been held accountable for their ďplay.Ē

DON BRENNAN: I agree with whoever said Clouston could have sat Filip Kuba on the end of the bench and had it announced he was not going back into the game, instead. The giveaways by the veteran defenceman were a lot worse than the play of the teenage goalie. I think youíve got to go to Lehner Saturday, donít you? If you start Elliott and he loses his 13th in a row, youíre going to look pretty stupid with the kid who won here last time riding the pine.

MacARTHUR: You play Lehner on Saturday. And if you start him Monday, you donít pull him the first moment the chips are down to ďprotect him.Ē If there was any ďprotectingĒ going on, Lehner would be in the AHL earning his starts as Binghamton makes a push for the playoffs. Sadly, Leclaire is broken physically, Elliott is broken mentally, Brust is on an AHL contract and Brodeur is, well, Brodeur. So Lehner is the guy and letís just hope he doesnít get fazed by whatís going on, both on and off the ice, around him.

GARRIOCH: To me, accountability has been the biggest issue for Clouston. Nobody has been held accountable. Alex Kovalev goes from the fourth line to the first line in one shift. Biggest question at last weekís all-star game: Are the Senators still playing for this coach?

MacARTHUR: I believe pro athletes are always trying, so Iím hesitant to question effort. But guys, I think itís fair to question resolve and work ethic relative to the opponent on a given night and on most nights those havenít been there. Look at other bottom-feeding teams. The Islanders, Devils, Flames have all made changes and all are better for it. The Flames are back in the playoff hunt now. I think something will happen before the seasonís over despite what Eugene Melnyk said.

BRENNAN: Have you ever had to go to the bathroom in the back of a bus thatís starting and stopping its way through Long Island? I mean to the bathroom, in the bathroom, of course. Not in your seat or on the aisle. It wasnít easy. It wasnít pretty.

GARRIOCH: Yes, I have. Now, can you answer the hockey questions?

MacARTHUR: Are you close enough to Long Island Sound that you can make a run to the beach to do your business, Doni! Leave a bit of you in NY. Itís New York during rush hour, you should be able to run and catch up to that bus!

BRENNAN: Sorry, I had a great, outstanding, fantastic night Thursday, but Iím paying for it a little bit today. My attention span might shrink the more tired I am. Now what were we talking about again Bainzie? Is A.J. Jakubec still with us?

MacARTHUR: TURRIBLE Doni, TURRIBLE.

GARRIOCH: We were talking about the shocking fact that Cory Clouston is still the coach, I guess, despite Bainzieís efforts to get him fired.

BRENNAN: Bryan Murray is on this trip. I think if the Senators lose in Long Island Saturday and Vancouver Monday, they just might drop Coach Clouston off in Viking, Alberta, on their way to Calgary. Iím not convinced heís going to see the end of the season. Not by a longshot.

GARRIOCH: Don, did you slip into Timís body?

BRENNAN: Bruce, you could put three of me inside Timís body. Wait, thatís just a disturbing thought.

MacARTHUR: Bruce, I think weíve just got to keep this conversation between you and me. Doniís going to see Frank and Estelle Costanza in Queens tonight, riding Georgeís horse ďPrickly Pete.Ē Coryís not having any fun, the players arenít having fun. There are two months left in the season, which will feel like an eternity. Things can get worse, and will, if the status quo is maintained. Itís not about wins and losses now, itís about maintaining sanity.

GARRIOCH: Okay fellas, Iíve got to get going here. Stacker is taking a nap on the couch and we have an appointment at the Heart and Crown and DíArcy McGees. Please answer the hockey questions. Are the Senators going to win any games on this trip?

BRENNAN: Depends on whoís in goal. Depends on whoís behind the bench. Put me down for one.

MacARTHUR: If the Senators donít win on Long Island, theyíre coming back with an O-fer, which would mean one win in 19 games. Yikes. Doni, Iíve called the police in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to let them know youíre on your way.

BRENNAN: I think they make some kind of trade this week. I donít think Fisher is going anywhere. Who do you like in the Super Bowl?

MacARTHUR: Steelers in the Super Bowl. That Big Ben is such a standup guy!

GARRIOCH: I say they win on Long Island. I say we thank Scott. I say Brian Elliottís next win will either be in the AHL or Europe next season. Mind you, thatís one more than Pascal Leclaire, because I think his career is over. Thanks, boys. Well done.


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