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Hockey’s Back! October 3, 2018

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And so the start of the 2018-2019 NHL hockey season is upon us.

The Ottawa Senators will not be playing until tomorrow (Thursday), when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, which I’m looking forward to seeing. But…

Hockey’s back!

I will say that I’m not pleased with what the Senators did in the off-season, but can understand that changes needed to be made, though I think that Pierre Dorion made a mistake in letting Erik Karlsson get away (but suspect that this had more to do with Eugene Melnyk), but can understand why EK might have wanted out of Ottawa. Finishing 30th in the NHL last year was not something that the Sens, either players or management, are proud of, but this “rebuilding” of the team from the ground up is something that will take time to happen and there are going to be some very loooooong nights ahead for the fans, I suspect. The lack of a bona fide goal scorer and the very young, inexperienced defense is going to make this a long season, I suspect, but it will be exciting with all the youth on display. I’m a die-hard Senators fan, and I like to think (as all hockey fans do at this stage of the season) that the Sens will make the playoffs, but I’m realistic enough to know that this isn’t likely to happen, though we could all be surprised. I’m not sure if there are any rules changes this year, but will catch up on those as and when they happen. I still wish the league would get rid of the shootout and overtime business in regular season games, as overtime should be reserved for the playoffs, but 3-on-3 overtime was exciting last year, to say the least!

From the pov of the Ottawa Senators, the keys are Mark Stone (who has the leadership skills the team needs this season, with all the newcomers and rookies in the line-up) and Matt Duchene, but neither may be around much longer, if Melnyk has anything to do with it. Cody Ceci needs to bring his game up a massive notch and youngster Thomas Chabot has to lead he defense and make the power play click. Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan have to have good years in goal and offensively, respectively. Just too many elements in Ottawa that could be talked about and issues that will need to be handled by the players this year. Committee play will be important this year, methinks.

Meantime…

Go, Sens, Go! 🙂

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(NHL) Senators’ Day of Infamy September 13, 2018

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Today is the 13th of September, and though it’s not a Friday, it’s a day that’s going to go down in Ottawa Senators‘s history as one of the worst days ever.

The Ottawa Senators have traded their generational, *franchise* player, Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks for a couple of NHLers with some experience but no panache and scoring ability and a batch of prospects and conditional picks. This is a mess of a deal that gave them the equivalent of a penny on the dollar. The trade was made to continue the rebuilding of the franchise that owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Pierre Dorion have put in place with their plan, to make the team younger and faster over the long haul. So much for contending for the next few years, as there are going to be a lot of bad nights to sit through and watch (assuming anyone goes to the game any more, as Karlsson was the main draw with his dazzling displays on many nights, even when he was operating at only 75%). The question is whether Mark Stone and Matt Duchene are going to be willing to stick with the Senators and sign deal extensions to play here in the long term over the course of the rebuild. And whether other players of quality will come to Ottawa to play, knowing that the team’s owner obviously didn’t want to give Erik Karlsson what he was worth contract-wise.

While I’m angry about the trade and sad about the loss, I am kind of looking forward to seeing what sort of product the team puts on the ice, as I lived through the early days of the franchise. I think like most Senators fans, I’m in for a long season – and perhaps the team overhaul isn’t done yet. And also like most Senators fans, I wish Erik Karlsson nothing but the best with his new team, and really hope that he gets to slide a Stanley Cup ring onto his finger one of these years.

That said, the Senators got a very poor return for their generational star player. This may rank up there as one of the worst trades in NHL history, depending on how the prospects and potential-filled players do in the next five or six years. So… October 13th, 2018. A day that will live in infamy for Senators fans. The day they traded away their franchise player for…nothing, pretty much.

No, Sens, No!

Yesterday’s Physio Appointment January 19, 2018

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Had another physiotherapy appointment yesterday afternoon. Only my third appointment since coming back from GenCon.

Woke up yesterday morning, and didn’t feel all that great. Lots of pain, and some dizziness. Managed to eat some scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese for breakfast, then showered, and then took care of a couple of laundry issues. Headed out for the physio clinic, “Quality Care Physiotherapy, and got there in time for my appointment, though I had problems parking the car.

The physio appointment went relatively well, though not without a lot of pain involved, and when I was finished I made two appointments for next week. I went downstairs to the small little restaurant in the building, ETC, and had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and some side greens for lunch. Yummy! 🙂

I dropped off at mom’s place and picked her up, and then took her to the local Basics store. After shopping with her, my who left side of the body was hurting again. All the physio care wasted. I took the groceries I’d picked up and went home after dropping her off at her place, and took another painkiller.

Spent a quiet evening watching the Ottawa Senators continue their losing ways with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, and then read for about half an hour. Took care of the nightly insulin shot and then washed up and went to bed. And didn’t sleep much…again.

*sigh*

Hockey’s Back! October 4, 2017

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And so the start of the 2017-2018 NHL hockey season is upon us.

The Ottawa Senators will not be playing until tomorrow (Thursday), and that’s a game that I’m looking forward to as the Sens will home to play the Washington Capitals. But…

Hockey’s back!

I will say that I’m not thrilled about how little off-season changes the Ottawa Senators made to their line-up. I’m a die-hard Senators fan, and I like to think (as all hockey fans do at this stage of the season) that the Sens will make the playoffs, though I don’t know how deep they’ll go and whether they’ll be able to drink from Lord Stanley’s cup. The Sens surprised everyone last year by not only making the playoffs, but also by coming within one goal of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins to go the finals. There’s a few rule changes this year that should make the game better, notably the slash to the hands penalty being enforced, but we’ll see how that shakes out. I still wish the league had gotten rid of the shootout and overtime business in regular season games, as overtime should be reserved for the playoffs, but 3-on-3 overtime was exciting last year, to say the least! While there’s a good crop of rookies this year, the focus will be on the Sidney Crosby-Connor McDavid rivalry and the Austen Matthews-Patrick Laine rivalry that’s starting to brew.

From the pov of the Ottawa Senators, the keys are Erik Karlsson (who won’t be in the starting line-up for a bit), Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan. While Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman have to repeat the success they had last year, those three are the big factors. Craig Anderson has to have another terrific year in goal. Eric Karlsson needs to have another Norris Award-winning season, and he has to make it last the whole year, without Marc Methot (now a Dallas Star). And finally, Bobby Ryan needs to get back on track and be the goal scorer that Ottawa dealt for in the trade with Anaheim.

Meantime…

Go, Sens, Go! 🙂

A Saturday Rundown May 6, 2017

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It has been a long day.

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired and ill, and my right hand and arm were bothering me somewhat. The left shoulder was still agonizing and not comfortable, and I’m still limited in mobility with that arm. The weather was horrible outside, pounding rain, and somewhat cold. Probably didn’t help with my body aching all over. I got up, managed the morning rituals, and then had breakfast (egg scramble with some toast, a bit of jam, and some yogurt followed by coffee).

After breakfast, I did a bit of reading and wrote some notes down about my current scenario idea for the Primeval RPG, and then showered. The hot water seemed to help with my shoulder somewhat, but the muscles were still tense when I finished bathing. I checked some e-mail on the computer, and then perused a couple of on-line sites for stuff that I’m currently interested in.

After lunch, SteveR dropped by, and we went out in the rain. The first stop was the Freedom Mobile store, where I (finally) picked a case for my Samsung Galaxy A5 mobile phone, a travel charger, and a protective layer cover for the screen. Cost me over $70, but I was expecting that, I guess. From there, it was over to Staples, as I needed to do the photocopying of various sheets (player character sheets, mostly) for the four games I’ll be running at CanGames 2017 in just a day short of two weeks. Needed to do copying of material for two Coriolis – The Third Horizon games, a Primeval game, and a Tales From the Loop game, so that ran me a bit of money (but I had budgeted for that).

Picked up a couple of croissant for tomorrow morning’s breakfast, and then stopped off at a Tim Horton’s to check out the new latte that they’re offering, but it doesn’t come in a decaf format (should have known this, given that it’s espresso coffee), so I guess I won’t be having any of that any time soon. Oh, well.

SteveR dropped me off at the house with the various stuff, and after a quick rest for about 5 minutes, he headed for home, and I am watching the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers NHL playoff game (the Sens are currently leading 3-2 near the end of the 2nd period of play).