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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!

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! 🙂

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 22, 2017

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Shaping up to be a comfortable, almost spring-like day here in the Ottawa valley. Rather strange for a February, but I won’t complain about this if you readers don’t either. 🙂

Work has been somewhat tiring this morning, but part of that is attributable to the fact that a) I’ve still got this bug, whatever it is, though I suspect it’s bronchitis, and b) the fact that I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night as I kept waking up from the coughing. The good news is that I have my regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment for this afternoon, so hopefully he’ll be able to figure out and tell me what I’ve got, and then we’ll go from there.

I won’t be gaming this evening with the Wednesday night group, as tonight is their off week, so I’ll be able to just sit back, and perhaps do some reading or watch some more of the Scott Tournament of Hearts on TSN. Some curling, hot drink, and relaxing on the couch with a book – sounds just about right for me at the moment.

Librarians Have an Olympics, Too August 18, 2016

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Surfing the web this evening to get my mind off some bad stuff, and I came across this one at the Smithsonian Mag website. The University of Dayton held the first ever Library Olympics last week. Some fascinating events in this to be sure, though not as showy as the ones going on in Rio.

Librarians Have an Olympics, Too