Bench Kuba next time

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BRUCE GARRIOCH: Hi, everybody. Don Brennan just landed in Long Island and we’re 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 hurtin’ going into this weekend! Regarding Lehner, I didn’t like the pull, boys. If Robin’s going to be up here, he’s got to play and if he’s going to get yanked from a game it’s 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 they’re in, in part because guys like Kuba haven’t been held accountable for their “play.”

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 you’ve got to go to Lehner Saturday, don’t you? If you start Elliott and he loses his 13th in a row, you’re 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 don’t pull him the first moment the chips are down to “protect him.” If there was any “protecting” 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 let’s just hope he doesn’t get fazed by what’s 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 week’s all-star game: Are the Senators still playing for this coach?

MacARTHUR: I believe pro athletes are always trying, so I’m hesitant to question effort. But guys, I think it’s fair to question resolve and work ethic relative to the opponent on a given night and on most nights those haven’t 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 season’s over despite what Eugene Melnyk said.

BRENNAN: Have you ever had to go to the bathroom in the back of a bus that’s 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 wasn’t easy. It wasn’t 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. It’s 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 I’m 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 Bainzie’s 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. I’m not convinced he’s going to see the end of the season. Not by a longshot.

GARRIOCH: Don, did you slip into Tim’s body?

BRENNAN: Bruce, you could put three of me inside Tim’s body. Wait, that’s just a disturbing thought.

MacARTHUR: Bruce, I think we’ve just got to keep this conversation between you and me. Doni’s going to see Frank and Estelle Costanza in Queens tonight, riding George’s horse “Prickly Pete.” Cory’s not having any fun, the players aren’t 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. It’s not about wins and losses now, it’s about maintaining sanity.

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

BRENNAN: Depends on who’s in goal. Depends on who’s behind the bench. Put me down for one.

MacARTHUR: If the Senators don’t win on Long Island, they’re coming back with an O-fer, which would mean one win in 19 games. Yikes. Doni, I’ve called the police in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to let them know you’re on your way.

BRENNAN: I think they make some kind of trade this week. I don’t 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 Elliott’s next win will either be in the AHL or Europe next season. Mind you, that’s one more than Pascal Leclaire, because I think his career is over. Thanks, boys. Well done.


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