Thursday, September 30, 2010

Had To See It To Believe It


In case you missed last night, Alexei Kovalev got into a scrap with Francois Beauchemin. You have to love the heart shown by Kovie, in the pre-season no less, even if he did get owned. Shoutout for at least trying, but maybe stick to the more skillful type of play.

Thoughts on Kovie and the scrap?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jersey Foul 76

Babydoll, seriously?

What no 69?

If you're going to be that lame, at least go all the way with it.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fake PGW #6: Fisher Blows It

It was a spirited affair tonight, as the fake Battle of Ontario resumed, with the Leafs winning 4-3, after scoring a late powerplay goal from a selfish penalty taken by ol blue eyes with 3 minutes left. Not impressed, even if it is pre-season. With the loss the Sens fall to 2-4 in the fake hockey season.

Quick thoughts from the night:
  • Alexei Kovalev got into a fight. No you didn't misread that, it happened I swear.
  • Jared Cowen looked pretty solid. I have to think he has the inside track to make the team.
  • Leclaire made some spectacular saves and let it a few iffy ones.
  • Foligno missed an open net, returned to normal Folignoness.
  • Our powerplay looked pretty solid, really good puck movement.
  • Wiercioch is showing some major potential, but is a few years away still.
  • Orr pussied out and didn't drop the gloves, meaning he was invisible.
  • Bobby Butler was so so, not great, not awful. I see the AHL in his future.

So that was that. Look for a few guys to be let go tomorrow before we head to the Big Apple to take on the Blueshirts in the first of a home and home to close out the fake season. Tonight wasn't the greatest effort, but there were some flashes of brilliance. So that's something to take away from the game.

With a goal and an assist, Chris Campoli wins the night.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fake GDP #6: Sens V That Other Annoying Fanbase

Let's get ready to rummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmble!!! Oh crap, I think I owe Michael Buffer like a million dollars now, oops. The fake Battle of Ontario resumes tonight at SBP, as both teams appear to be icing very close to regular season lineups. Thank God!

I could bore you with trying to analyze and predict a meaningless pre-season game, or I could talk about the fact that Colton Orr and Matt Carkner are both dressing for tonight. Could we be in for some fireworks? It's a possibility, since Orr does very little hockey playing, and is more of a hybrid shit talker/crappy boxer. If he isn't fighting, he has no role. Therefore to keep one's role, he needs to fight. Don't be surprised if you see Lessard take on Orr either.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game. As you can see, both teams have their top 6 playing and many other regulars, including the goalies.

For Ottawa it will be:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Foligno-Fisher-Kovalev
  • Regin-Smith-Butler
  • Keller-Bass-Lessard

and on the back end it will be:

  • Campoli-Gonchar
  • Cowen-Karlsson
  • Wiercioch-Carkner

The goalies will be Lehner and Pascal Leclaire, with Snoopy getting the start I've been told. Interesting to see, that Foligno has taken Regin's spot on the 2nd line for tonight. Let's see if Nicky boy can keep it up and clinch the Bochenski award.

For the Leafs the lineup will look like this:

  • Kadri-Bozak-Kessel
  • Kulemin-Grabovski-MacArthur
  • Sjostrom-Brent-Armstrong
  • Orr-Mitchell-Rosehill

Defence will be:

  • Beauchemin-Phaneuf
  • Kaberle-Komisarek
  • Gunnarsson-Holzer

The Leafs will also dress their regular season netminders in JS Giguere and Gustavsson.

Should be an exciting game, with a number of jobs on the line for both clubs. This may be super overhyped prospect, Nazim Kadri's last chance to make an impression if he wants to play in the NHL season, so I imagine he will get some heavy ice time.

Thoughts on the fake Battle of Ontario tonight?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cut Day

Today is the day we found out the fate of many of the guys at camp, and it wasn't good for a lot of them. The Sens, who for some reason had only cut 2 players so far, decided to clean house this morning and send numerous players packing. I would expect a few more to be shed after the game tonight as well.

The players cut this morning were:

  • Mike Brodeur & Barry Brust
  • Andre Benoit & Eric Gryba
  • Geoff Kinrade & Craig Schira
  • Jason Bailey & Eric Condra
  • Corey Cowick & Kaspars Daugavins
  • David Ziurzynksi & Colin Greening
  • Mike Hoffman & Jim O'Brien
  • Tim Spencer & Roman Wick

Thoughts on the cuts? Your fake GDP is coming later today.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fake PGW #5: Sens Drop Snoozefest In Nowheresville

Well that was a job, done! What a boring game, with the Sens falling 2-1 tonight. I'm sure the lack of talent + small ice didn't help things any either. This was one of the most boring games I had seen in awhile. It's almost like it didn't happen, since nothing really was newsworthy. If you didn't catch the game, consider yourself lucky. I appreciate what they're trying to do, but it's just a bad idea to play there. Luckily no one was injured.

We also found out that the Sens plan on cutting around 14 people on the flight back to Ottawa tonight. It's about time, I was wondering when they would cut guys finally. It seems the players cut will be on a bus to the airport at 5:30am to catch a flight to Newfoundland for the Bingo camp.

Thoughts from the game:
  • Roman Wick continues to be invisible, which is disappointing.
  • Lehner looked pretty good again, minus the first goal when he coughed up the puck that lead to their score. 2nd goal was a partial break away by Pomminville, not his fault.
  • Regin has still yet to really noticed, hopefully it's just a phase
  • I knew it would be a boring game when Ruutu-Kelly-Neil was out 1st line.
  • Hilarious to see Matt Carkner sign autographs on his way out of the rink after being kicked out the game with a 1:45 left.
  • Ryan Miller looked good, but he didn't have much work.
  • Mike Peca picked us to win the div, while Barnaby says we won't make the playoffs.

So back at it tomorrow, with a home game against the Maple Leafs at SBP. Most of our normal players will be playing then, so it will be a better game to watch. That's it for now.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fake GDP #5: Sens @ Sabres @ Dundas

The Sens are back at it tonight, playing the Sabres in the 2010 Hockeyville classic in Dundas, Ontario. This is a big deal in a town of 24,000 but they won't be seeing many of our top players. The game is at 7pm and is available on TSN.

The lineup for the Sens tonight will be:

  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Regin-Smith-Winchester
  • Hoffman-Locke-Butler
  • Wick-Bass-Keller

and the defensive pairings will:

  • Hale-Carkner
  • Benoit-Gryba
  • Wiercioch-Lee

I imagine we are fielding such a weak lineup because A) it's not a home game for us and B) Most of the guys playing tonight are battling for a job. I would imagine cuts are coming tomorrow for some of these guys, so might be their last chance to impress.

Robin Lehner will start and is expected to go the full 60, with Brian Elliott backing him up. For the Sabres, the Dundas fans will get a treat, as Ryan Miller is starting and will go the full 60 as well.

This should be a pretty boring game, and I doubt it will be very pretty, but I will still watch because, well I want to see how we're progressing.

Thoughts?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Alfie On Redden x What We Learned Today


As reported a few days, it became official today, when the New York Rangers put Wade Redden on waivers. You can tell Alfie really feels for him by the tone in his voice. I sorta feel bad too, you know, as bad as you can feel for someone who's made 50 million playing hockey.

  • Nick Foligno has been lighting it up in pre-season, and today was rewarded, as he was skating on the 2nd line n practice with Fisher and Kovalev.
  • Speaking of Fisher, he left practice today due to a sligh groin pull. It was apparently done for precautionary reasons and isn't serious, though you never know.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo was cut from the Stars camp today.
  • Peter Regin skated on the 4th line with Smith and Winchester, kinda odd.
  • In other news, Eklund is still a moron. He made his Northeast Div picks and not only are the Leafs in 2nd, but the Sens are dead last.
  • In a somewhat surprising move, the Senators have apparently put Mike Brodeur on waivers.
  • Andre Benoit was also placed on waivers.

Thoughts on Redden and the developments of today?

UPDATE @ 6PM: As per Redden's agent Don Meehan, Redden will report to Hartford and thus get his entire 6.5 million salary. I can't say I blame him. I would too.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Training Camp Off Day Links

With real hockey news to actually write about for a change, I've been sitting on a lot of links for the past few weeks. So now, like Nick Foligno exploding with goals, I am explaoding with information. Through a week and a bit of camp, I have to say, I love the look of our team, which is a great feeling to have. So without any major problems (minus Kuba injury), sit back and enjoy an extra extra long version of the links.

-First off, we all knew this was coming, but Cheechoo has been released from Dallas' training camp. Who knows, maybe he can play in Europe or the KHL still.

-Really awesome take and idea about preseason jerseys.

-You think you have a nice collection of hockey stuff? This guy begs to differ.

-I found this to be kinda weird, that he was still practicing in Ottawa all summer, guess he shouldn't have left after all. He's also just changed his number to #28 for Jersey.

-A stroll down memory lane.

-Ever wonder what the teams might look like if Quebec and Winnipeg got their teams back? Wonder no more.

-Speaking of a Quebec expansion team, I'm all for hockey and everything but this is a ridiculous way to spend tax money.

-Remember that whole Dan Ellis thing? Well Sens Town got some shine courtesy of Puck Daddy again. If I knew I was gonna be on Yahoo again, I would have taken the extra second to spell check, oops.

-For those of you who regularly read me, you know I can't stand Sidney Crosby. Having said that, this was still pretty bad ass.

-THN debates if Spezza or Yashin was better.

-A nice little clip of Gonchar and Karlsson before camp started.

-A rundown of the coming and going for the 6 Canadian teams.

-THN screwing us again with their predictions. I mean come on guys, do you know anything about hockey?

-In this weeks WAG news, Mrs. Fisher getting into acting and Mrs. Comrie had some picture issues.

-You know you're good when your former GM is praising you even after you left for more money.

-Call me crazy but what's the point of this?

-A feature on prospect Jared Cowen and another one here.

-This is sad news, can we do what's right and get him in the HHOF already?

-In hindsight, this was premature.

-It seems that married life agrees with Fisherwood.

-Granted I am not a memerobilia expert, but this seems pricey still.

-Yet another reason why Alfie is so awesome.

-Raising 120k for an afternoon is pretty solid, good job guys.

-This is pretty sad if you ask me.

-Top 30 player in the league rankings, check out #21.

-Former Sen jason Smith pled not guilty to those ugly charges from a few weeks ago.

-An interesting take for our season preview. Prepare for lots of hate mail for that Alfie crack from Sens fans.

-An interesting video with some Sens rookies, good for a few laughs.

-Hometown boy Corey Cowick is livin the dream......until he gets sent to the AHL.

-Despite it being the Leafs, I still kinda find this to be cool.

-Very nice to see after years of being so bad that Bingo is gonna have a good team this season.

-While I'm not sure who Pickler is, I'm going to have to agree with this.

-For all of your Fisherwood fans, you missed out on this.

-And finally, a super cool piece on how each NHL team got their name. It is a really interesting read and cool to see why some are named what they are.

Hope everyone enjoyed the links.

Thoughts?


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ice Ice Baby

Ever wondered how they make the ice at SBP? Well wonder no more, as they show you how it's done in this cool time lapse video. Interesting to see all the work that goes into making the ice, especially the painting of the creases, lines and logo.

Now it's Sunday, so go watch some football.

Thoughts?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fake GDP #4: Gonchar Debut vs Annoying Fan Base

The Sens are back at it tonight, hoping to avenge last night's defeat to the Habs. It is of course, also the Sens first home game of the 2010-11 season, after playing three on the road, winning 1 and dropping 2. The game will be the first time we see new signing, Sergei Gonchar, in a Sens uni. I'm pretty excited for this, perhaps too excited for a pre-season game.

This also marks the first taste of action for a few Sens staples. The most likely first line this year, will all suit up in Alfredsson-Spezza-Michalek. I will be curious to see how MM9 will do after major surgery and how Spezza is looking, after rumors of him looking lean and motivated in camp. And Alfie? Alfie is Alfie.

Other Sens playing tonight will be Butler, Dziurzynski, Foligno, Hoffman, Neil, O'Brien, Smith, Winchester, Campoli, Carkner, Cowen, Hale, Lee, and the Sens debut of Ottawa native Corey Cowick. No Roman wick in the lineup, which would lead me to believe Triple C is not happy with his play.

The goalies are Brian Elliott and Robin Lehner, with Elliott getting the full 60, unless he lets in a ton of soft goals, which we all know would never ever happen with Elliott right? Right?

The Habs will be icing a decent lineup, with Cammalleri, Pleckanec and Jesus Price all in the lineup. Game time is at 7pm at SBP and on TV on Rogers 22.

Thoughts?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Finally Over

The career decline of former Senator Wade Redden, is now over, as the New York Rangers have finally put him on waivers. It is extremely unliekly that any team will be willing to pick him and his enormous salary up, which means he will be spending his career in the AHL if he wants his money.

Redden was entering only his third season, of a 6 year contract, that will continue to pay him 6.5 million per year, which has to be one of the worst contracts of all time in my opinion. How does Sather still have a job seriously?

He cannot be bought out, as the deadline for that this season has come and gone, besides the Rangers don't want the cap hit affecting their cap situation in that scenario. And so it has come to an end for Wade at the NHL level.

I can't say I'm surprised, more like what took so long? He was done when he was still here 3 years ago. He will be remembered in Ottawa as a turnover machine, a 2 time all star, and most famously, the guy we kept over Zdeno Chara SMH.

He was never the same after his mother died, perhaps he lost his love for the game. Either way, his time has come to an end, and while I have always hated Redden, it still is a sad way to close a once very promising career.

All the best in life Wade. Thoughts?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Bad

Ok I was wrong. Previously I had hated on Leclaire's new red pads, saying they were ugly and I was not a fan. Well, after seeing them in action with a proper uniform, I have to admit I was wrong, my bad. I actually think they look really good with the road uni at least. Sorry Snoopy.

Thoughts on the new gear?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fake PGW #3: Sens Bowled Over

I didn't get to see this game, since it wasn't available on TV or online, so I don't have much to say about it, though the Sens did lose 4-2. The Ottawa goalscorers were Mike Fisher and Ryan Keller. With the loss, the Sens fall to 1-2 in the pre-season, which is not big deal.

At least we get a shot at revenge tomorrow, as we play the Habs back at SBP, which will be our first home game this season, and the first chance to see Alfie, Michalek and Spezza this year, and of course the Senators debut of Sergei Gonchar.

So anyone who saw this, wanna fill me in? Thoughts on the game? Especially interested in hearing how Leclaire and Gryba played.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fake GDP #3: Sens @ MTL

Here we are TGIF!

Game #3 tonight of the pre-season, as the Sens are in La Belle Province to take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The game is at 7:30pm and isn't really on TV, but rumor has it you can see parts on RIS, which is RDS' sister channel, which is ch 607 on Rogers if you have it.

Unfortunately for us, Carey Price won't be in net, so we will have to find another way to score. There's a bunch of Sens making their pre-season debuts tonight, including Phillips, Eric Gryba, Alexei Kovalev and Mike Fisher.

In net, Pascal Lecalire is expected to start and play the full 60 minutes tonight, also his first taste of action this year.

The players in the lineup for the Sens tonight are Bass, Condra, Daugavins, Fisher, Greening, Keller, Kelly, Kovalev, Lessard, Locke, Regin, Ruutu, Gryba, Karlsson, Kinrade, Phillips, Schira and Wiercioch. That means we still haven yet to see Gonchar, Alfie, Spezza or Michalek through 3 games. Look for them to play tomorrow night back at SBP.

While the game is not on TV, you can watch it online by clicking here, starting at 7:30pm.

Thoughts on the matchup?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fisher Goes Hollywood



Here's the latest vid from the first lady of the Sens, carrie Underwood. It may be called Mama's Song, but it's mostly about Ol' Blue Eyes. Mike Fisher even makes numerous cameos in the vid.

*warning* - It's a pretty cheesy and slow song, you might just wanna watch it with the sound off, or not at all unless you're a big Underwood fan to begin with.

More importantly, Fisher makes his pre-season debut tonight against the Habs.

Thoughts on the video?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Senators Jersey Dress

Since it's an off day as far as games go, I figured I'd pass on a little off topic tidbit I received from a reader. This is a picture of his girlfriend, in a Sens jersey that she has fixed to make it a form fitting dress. Kind of a cool idea I thought, she at least gets points for originality, though perhaps not so great to wear to SBP during the cold winter months of the season.

To see the before and after click here and thanks for sending this in. He thought that it might be a jersey foul but I'll leave that one up to you guys, pass or fail?

Thoughts on the dress?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fake PGW #2: AHL Sens Lose To Leafers

The game tonight ended up in a predcitable fashion, with the Leafs rebounding to beat the Sens 4-1, in a much more entertaining game. Even though we lost, there were some positives to take away, which is really the goal of the pre-season isn't it? Jared Cowen looked solid, which is great news to me. Brian Elliott on the other hand, could have been a lot better. It seems he had one of those all too familiar nights, where he just lets in a bunch of softies. It was just one game, but he did little to prove Lehner doesn't deserve his spot so far. Let's hope he rebounds.

Other thoughts from the game:

  • Foligno scored the lone goal for Ottawa, making that 2 in 2 games. Nicky boy is leading the way for the Brandon Bochenski award for pre-season excellence so far. Oh ya, and he also got engaged. No Ottawa girls are crying.
  • As mentioned, Elliott looked soft, as he soemtimes does. Not the best start to his season against a crappy lineup, and also the Leafs minor leaguers, hiiiiiiiyo!!!
  • Wick failed to impress me, Hoffman either.
  • I love Zack Smith more every game he plays
  • Wiercioch doesn't look ready to play in the NHL at all, AHL is the easy call for him
  • Rosehill is a chicken shit. He gets revenge by going after the smallest guy on the ice in Shannon? And Shannon is gone after such pedestrian hit? Not loving the lack of toughness
  • If Butler wants to make the team (which he won't), he's gotta bury those chances in the slot against an ECHL goalie.
  • Orr is crazy annoying. If only he could play hockey 1/10th as well as he runs his mouth.
  • Lessard and Rosehill aren't strangers, peep this.
  • Winchester looked great. I have to admit I'm not his biggest fan but he has played well the 2 games so far.

So that's it for fake game #2. The end result is what I expected, nothing to worry with that lineup we iced tonight. I am looking forward to seeing the big boys play this weekend against the Habs in a home and home. Maybe Carey Price will last more then 10 shots? Doubt it.

With the lone goal and a nice effort, Nick Foligno wins the night as my player of the game.

On to the next one.........thoughts on the game?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fake GDP #2: Sens @ Toronto

The Sens and Leafs tangle again tonight, after the Sens murdered the Leafs 5-0 in their own barn last night. Tonight's game should look quite different however, with many lineup changes for both teams, as always happens in the pre-season. Luckily for everyone, the game will be on TSN at 7pm tonight.

The Sens are still keeping almost all of their stars at home, though Erik Karlsson and Peter Regin will enter the lineup tonight. Brian Elliott is scheduled to play the whole 60, while Lehner will serve as his backup. The Sens forward lines for tonight will look like this:
  • Foligno-Winchester-Ruutu
  • Regin-Smith-Shannon
  • Wick-Hoffman-Butler
  • O'Brien-Brass-Lessard

The Sens defensive pairings will look like this:

  • Cowen-Karlsson
  • Wiercioch-Hale
  • Lee-Benoit

Interesting to see the Cowen-Karlsson pairing tonight, that's where I will be focussing my attention for the most part. I will also be curious to see how Regin looks, as well as the Wick-Hoffman-Butler line.

For the Leafs, no Phaneuf tonight, but their top line of Kulemin-Bozak-Kessel will be playing, as well as Beauchemin and Komisarek too. Unknown goalies Reimer and Scrivens will split time in goal.

Thoughts on fake game #2?

Be sure to follow me on Twitter during the game for a bunch of jokes and updates. @SensTown

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chirped

I know it's early, but I had to get this chirp in to all the Leafers out there. This is of course in reference to their performance last night, a 5-0 loss to a very undermanned Sens team.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fake PGW: Sens AHL Team Owns Leafs

Well that was nice to see, as the Sens C team destroyed the Maple Leafs tonight 5-0 at the ACC. If I was a Leaf fan right now, I'd go ahead and pencil in 6 years not making the playoffs in a row and 44 years without a cup.

It was a semi boring game, but the big story was the Sens super prospect Robin Lehner scoring a 24 save shutout. The kid is nice and finally makes me semi forget about the last guy who sports #40 for us. The goals were scored by Kelly, Neil, Locke, Foligno and Winchester. I know what you're thinking, how did we assemble so much amazing scoring talent like that on one team?

All in all it was all you could ask from a team with barely any talent playing and the first game of the year. Back at it tomorrow at the ACC again. Just nice to see hockey back, even if it was more like a scrimmage than a game.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Why was Brian Lee trying to fight a guy who's 220lbs? Check that, why was he fighting at all? I have to think he was trying to impress the coaches, but throwing a phantom punch and then getting dropped and throttled probably isn't helping much.
  • Gotta love the Leaf fans, who even at a FREE game sponsored by Coke Zero, still boo'd. Get used to it, you're Leaf fans, that's how it goes.
  • Cowen looked pretty sharp to me, so did Zack Smith. I'm calling the latter a lock to crack the roster
  • Wick looked decent, but not spectacular.
  • Maybe the Leafs thought Coke Zero sponsoring the game meant put up Zero effort and Zero offence?

So that was fake game #1 in the bag. I know a lot of you weren't able to see it, but you didn't miss much, although it's always good to get a win in your first fixture of the season. With 24 saves and the shutout, Robin Lehner wins the night as my player of the game.

To anyone else who saw the game or listened to it on the radio, thoughts on the Sens performance this evening?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Zack Smith Vs. Jay Rosehill



A nice little spirired scrap from the "game" tonight, between Zack Smith and Jay Rosehill. Don't worry no one else has ever heard of Rosehill either. It seems like a pretty even tilt, though horrible camera work to miss half the fight. I guess it's pre-season for Sportsnet too. It sure was nice to see some heart from a #15 in a Sens uniform isn't? I really like Zack Smith, he's a lock to make the team in my opinion and I see a lot of potential in the kid.

Thoughts on the scrap?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fake GDP #1: Sens @ Toronto

Finally we're here, game #1 of the pre-season, as the "Sens" take on the Leafs. I used the quotation marks because once you see the lineup, you will see that it's more of our AHL sqaud than the Senators, but nevertheless, hockey is back tonight.

This is the first of a back to back in Toronto for some reason, with tomorrow's game on TSN, but tonight there is no TV apparently (unless you have centre ice). The Sens players not on this trip are Alfie, Spezza, Michalek, Kovalev, Fisher, Phillips, Leclaire, and Gonchar. So you see what I mean by "Sens".

With that being said, there will be some key guys to keep your eye on, such as Cowen, Zack Smith, Roman Wick, Wiercioch, and of course Robin Lehner, who will supposedly play the whole 60 minutes tonight after Mike Brodeur came down with the flu (again really? that's how he lost his job last year after his consecutive wins. He needs a flu shot asap).

So what to expect? It's hard to say when it's preseason. I'm way more concerned with a few guys play, as opposed to getting the win. The Leafs are at home, so they will be fielding a much better team than we are, so I would expect them to win unless Lehner stands on his head. To see the full lineups for each team click here.

Pre-season or not, I'm just happy hockey is back, game time is 7pm. Go Sens Go!

Here's some video talking about the game tonight with Foligno, Lehner, Shannon, Keller and Zack Smith.


Thoughts?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Redness Confirmed

A few weeks ago I posted a pic sent into me by a reader of Pascal Leclaire at some camp, wearing some new red equipment. The emails came flooding in, hoping that they were just for show and not for this season. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but they have now been confirmed that he will wear them this season. The photo above was taken at training camp, so that's what he will be using unfortunately. I have to think it will look quite weird when he wears the home red jersey and he is litreally head to toe red. Oh well, I just hope he plays well.

Thoughts on the new gear?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Season Ticket Pick Up Event: A Photo Diary

This was the lovely sign that welcomed us into SBP to pick up our 2010-11 tickets. The sign was meh, but I didn't care. I was just happy to be back in that dark, cold arena again. As always, click on any picture to enlarge them and enjoy the tour.

This is what the cover of the new seasons looked like. I had very low expectations of what the tickets would look like this year, but I have to say, they came through again and did a good job. I'll post a a few examples of the new tickets later this week for all of you that are curious.

It's hard to believe that these weren't immediately snapped up for 800 at the used equipment sale. Considering all the bad luck they brought with them, they probably should have been cremated. Although I did hear later on that the guy who did end up buying these got hit in the face with a puck an hour later.


First sighting of some 2012 All Star Game swag, in puck form of course. These will be collectors items one day, as these don't feature the Canadian flag on the peace tower, like the final product will eventually have. You have to admit that the Sens did a really good job with this logo. I love it.

This was the set up for the hot stove question period with the Sens brass. The stage is pretty crappy looking but whatever, not a big deal. It sure was nice to see the ice back in again, but weird to see the boards with no advertisements on yet. It's hard to see but if you look closely (click on pic to enlarge), you can see the new seamless glass they installed as well.

Yes that is a 6ft tall Daniel Alfredsson bobblehead, do not adjust your eyes, you're not crazy. How scary would it be to come into your dark house one night and see that out of the corner of your eye? And why the hell does he look like one of the Sedins.

Not going to lie, I was a bit taken back when I saw a game used Peter Bondra stick for sale at SBP. What, no Cunneyworth one's left?

Not really a shock to see these in the clearance area. Even less surprising is that next season he will be working in the Sens Store.

Milan Michalek looking a little too jovial, but hey, just good to see him back and healthy. I don't care what anyone says, he was hurt for way longer then was admitted. Look for a breakout season from Mach 9 2.0

This was the line for the Jason Spezza booth. All of these people were waiting to get Giggles' John Hancock. So much for him not being popular right? The turnout it a smidge better than the now "legendary" Spezza rally this summer.

And this is what my view was as I was leaving. The front of SBP, with Alfie staring me in the face. Not a bad way to go is it? Funny how much I missed a concrete building so much. I can't wait for the new season to get underway. The wait is only a few more days, it's going to be be amazing. Bring on the 2010-11 season and get ready for a training camp photo diary coming soon too.

Thoughts?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bass Vs Campoli


It seems things heated up at camp today, as Cody Bass and Chris Campoli got into a little scrap when things boiled over. Nothing major, as this type of thing happens from time to time at training camp. It's good to see the competition juices flowing so early.

While we're on it, what happened to Cody Bass' career? He played a decent amount of the games for the Sens 2 seasons ago, but last year was cut very early into training camp, and this year hasn't been mentioned at all as a possibility of making the team. Seems his time has come to an end as an NHL'er.

Thoughts on the fight?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Done Like Dinner

Yesterday I told you Filip Kuba hurt himself at practice and you were able to see him limp off the ice. I said it looked bad and he would have x-rays, well the results are in and it isn't good. He has a broken right leg and will be out a minimum of 5 to 6 weeks. Shit!

With the injury, someone will have to fill in and play a big role to start the season. As we all know, getting off to a hot start is always key to a successful season. Let's hope we can manage yet again without him.

Thoughts on the injury?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Elliott Gets A New Bonnet

With a new season upon us, the changes are everywhere. From new jersey numbers to new players, to a new mask for one of our goalie, Brian Elliott. I haven't seen this anywhere yet, so consider it a minor Sens Town exclusive from todays first day of training camp. Here's a little rundown of the new lid for Kid Ells. The back of the mask is similar to last seasons, featuring the vintage O logo that so many of us love.

At the centre of the mask, it's a familiar looking character in Casey Jones from the Ninja Turtles, that was heavily involved in last seasons mask as well.

The side view features the current main logo in a shiny gold paint, which looked way better in person. Overall, the new mask just looks cleaner compared to the more cartoon like one he had last year, while still maintaining the same theme of Casey Jones.

Thoughts on his new mask?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kuba In A Rut, Literally

Well that didn't take long. Just 15 minutues into our first practice of the 2010-11 camp, often injured Filip Kuba was in fine form, injuring his leg and needing to be helped off the ice by trainers. According to Bruce Garrioch, he hit a rut in the ice and has hurt his right leg, but the extent of the injury is not yet known. He will be going for x-rays later today and then we will know more but it does not look good for him, or us for that matter.

Sens Town was attending the practice and was there to exclusively film him being helped off the ice. Great start to the season eh? Remember to follow me on Twitter. There will also be a few photo diaries upcoming for those of you who have asked.

Thoughts on the incident? Can we cope without him yet again?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today Is THE Day

YES!!!!!!!!!

Today is the day we've all been waiting for, as the main training camp for the 2010-11 season gets underway. Though today will just be physicals and off ice tests, it's still good to know we're getting closer to the season. The first practices begin tomorrow at SBP.

You still have a few hours left to vote on who should be on the back of my new jersey, so be sure to vote. You can do so here

Tonight is the season ticket holder event at SBP, so be sure to follow me on twitter to get updates live from SBP tonight. A photo diary of the evening will be done as well for all of you asking.

Who's excited camp has begun?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NOT Keeping Up With The Joneses

With the All Star Game being officially awarded to us yesterday, many of were hoping that this would also mean a brand new scoreboard for SBP, but it won't be happening it seems. According to Bruce Garrioch, Melnyk doesn't plan on investion in a new one in time for the 2012 game. And who can blame him. We're only one of the only remaining teams in the NHL without a proper scoreboard, while claiming we're hockey country and that we have the best fans. So why not put our money where our mouth is so to speak.

Our current scoreboard is pathetically outdated and kind of embrassing. Not exactly the image you want to convey to tourists and the hockey world at such a prestigious event. 4 sided HD screens have become the rule, not the exception, yet it seems that we're somehow playing with a rulebook from a time that is no longer relevant.

Hopefully soemthing will change and we will have one in time for the 2011-12 season, You still have some time to make things right Cyril and Eugene. Sens Army deserve to be rewarded for their years of loyalty and if you're gonna charge me ridiculous prices for you ASG ticket package, the least you could do is have a shiny new screen for me to look at too.

Also, the Senators Golf Tournament is later today in Kanata if you're interested

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Credit Where Credit Is Due

I know I like to rag on the Senators organization from time to time for messing up seemingly easy tasks, but I do it out of love. You see I love the Senators and I want them to be the best they can be at all times, but I'm also fair.

That is why I will always give credit when credit is due and give a big shoutout to the Senators for nailing the All Star logo. It's simple and clean and awesome. I couldn't be happier with how it came out. (click on the pic to enlarge)

Good job guys, hopefully it will be a preview of great things to come. Now about that scoreboard.........

Thoughts on the logo?

Remember to follow me on twitter and vote on my poll about who I should get on my new jersey from the previous post.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Million Dollar Question

So all summer I've been contemplating which player I should put on the back on my new home jersey. I've been looking at all the different factors, like how much I like the player, likelyhood to be traded, years left on their contract etc. Well I couldn't come to a decision I was 100% comfortable with.

My first instinct was to go with the easy choice, Alfie. He's my all time favorite Sen by a mile, the heart of the team, with the number of letters plus a C, the most bang for your buck and the 11 is very aesthetically pleasing isn't it? The only problem is I already have 3 Alfredsson jerseys in my collection, so do I want to add another one? I was thinking about some variety in my Sens life, but then again, classics are classics for a reason right, and Alfie is as classic as they get.

So to make a long story short, I am not sure what I should do. I want to get it done very soon so I have it to rock for the home opener, so I figured what the hell, let's ask the readers what they think. I'm sure they have some good insight or perhaps have something I haven't thought about yet. So vote in the poll and leave me your comments below as to which player you think belongs on the back of my new jersey and why.

I'm willing to listen to any and all arguments. Thanks in advance. I'm sure you'll do me proud. Voting closes Friday at 4pm.

What Player Should I Get On The Back Of My New Jersey?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON #11
MILAN MICHALEK #9
CHRIS PHILLIPS #4
JASON SPEZZA #19
PETER REGIN #13
ERIK KARLSSON #65
SERGEI GONCHAR #55
ZACK SMITH #15
JARKKO RUUTU #73
JARED COWEN #2
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Monday, September 13, 2010

I Didn't See This One Coming

In really weird news, former Senator, and a former personal favorite of mine, Peter Schaefer, will be attending the Vancouver Canucks training camp on a tryout basis. This comes as a surprise to many, since most thought the 33 year olds NHL career was done, after spending last season riding the buses in the AHL.

He will be going back to the team that drafted him in hopes of landing a job on the 3rd of 4th line I imagine. It was a shock to the entire hockey world, but who knows, maybe it will all work out for him. Best of luck Schaef. First Cheech and now this, what's going on lately?

Thoughts on the blast from the past getting another shot?

Monday, September 13, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Ottawa Lands 2012 All Star Game

Though not officially announced yet, Sens Town has learned that Ottawa will indeed be awarded the 2012 All Star Game. It will be announced at a press conference Wednesday at 11am, that will feature Eugene Melnyk, Cyril Leeder, and of course the commish, Gary Bettman.

Hopefully this means we will also be getting a new scoreboard for the event, which we desperately need. Remember where you heard it first. No word on when tickets go on sale or what their prices will be, though I imagine somewhere between ridiculous and really ridiculous.

Thoughts on Ottawa getting the game?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy 20th

Shoutout to Sens blue chip prospect Patrick Wiercioch, who today turned 20 years old. He celebrated his birthday with a 7-3 win earlier today against the Chicago Blackhawks at the rookie tournament in London.

Happy Birthday from Sens Town.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Maybe there was a little bit of exaggeration on my part when I made a couple of comments that he wanted out" - Bryan Murray

This is what Sens GM Bryan Murray had to say about the Spezza situation from this summer. Unbelievable! Maybe there was a little bit of exaggeration on your part? Ya you definitely wanna run to the media and let everyone know the star played wanted out, when he didn't. What an amazing move.........NOT! I'm really starting to feel like the media aspect of being GM has passed Murray by. He doesn't seem to know when to keep his mouth shut and not tell every single detail to anyone who inquires.

At least it was revealed today that Spezza and Murray hashed things out over a 4 hour dinner meeting and everything is now kosher between the two. So now all you Spezza fans can't probably breathe easy, although his name has continued to pop up in trade speculation with Los Angeles.

The real question is I wonder who paid for the meal? Thoughts on them patching things up and Murray's less than tactful conduct earlier this offseason?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rookie Tourney Begins Today + Tickets On Sale

For all of you who are starved for some hockey action, today is a good day. The annual Sens rookie tournament begins later today in London, Ontario, as your Senators take on the Pittsbirgh Penguins rookies at 2pm. This is the first of 3 games they will play and if you happen to be in the area and want to check it out, then you can purchase your tickets here. The other 2 teams participating are the hated Toronto Maple Leafs and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The tourney took place in Hull for a number of years and I have attended several times. It's a really fun thing to check out and see the progress of some of your future players. The roster for the tourney can be seen here. The game will be shown live on Rogers 22 for those of you wanting to watch in the Ottawa area.

Also a reminder to those who can't wait to buy tickets. If you didn't take advantage of the pre-sale I mentioned to you last week, then tickets go on sale for October and November games at 10am this morning online and at the box office. So be sure to act quickly, so you're able to get the games you want.


Thoughts?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Again, Really?

I know it's summer and I know there isn't much to talk about yet, but that's no excuse for our city's 2 biggest newspapers to get so incredibly sloppy. If you closely at the parts I've underlined in green (click to enlarge), the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun, are both running the exact same story, and a very unoriginal one at that.

This isn't the first time this has happened either. If you recall I pointed the same thing out after the win against the Blackhawks last season. Come on guys, step your game up.

Thoughts?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

#DanEllisProblems Peaces Out

The exciting chronicles of Dan Ellis and twitter finally came to an end late Wednesday night, as the goalie decided to quite twitter and close his account. With the way he's reacted the past few days since this erupted into quite the shit storm for him, it's no wonder he handle his departure so eloquently.

Dan Ellis tweeted "Peace out twitter". Bravo! Well done sir! You are a gentleman and a scholar. It sure is hard to imagine where all the hate came from with an positive, mature attitude like that isn't it?

He also told us that he's closing his account so he doesn't disrupt his team, which is noble, because we all know how much attention a backup hockey goalie gets in Florida. I'm sure he can hardly walk down the street without being mobbed by up to 3 people, with 2 of them being his family members and the third thinking he was Vinny Lecavalier.

You can say whatever you want Dan, but we all know the reason you're shutting it down and it's because you were made to by your boss, Steve Yzerman. Being embarrassed and scolded in public like a child, now that's what I call a #DanEllisProblems.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Former Sen Jason Smith Charged With Domestic Abuse

It was has to be categorized as nothing short of shocking, all round good guy and former Senator Jason Smith, has been charged with 2 counts of domestic abuse by Calgary Police. To make matters even more surprising, the victims of the alleged abuse are his wife and his young daughter.

Not much information is available, but he is banned from coming within 5 blocks their house in Greely, where they had apparently been living since he retired a season ago. He will return to court of September 17th.

This is truly shocking news to hear about Gator. By all accounts he is a stand up guy and amazing in the coomunity. Updates as they come.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It's Still Funny

Shoutout to secondcityhockey.com for sending me this hilarious picture of Dan Ellis. Well played. I know this has been beaten to death somewhat, but screw it, I still find it funny, so I'm sure some of you do too.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

#DanEllisProblems Update x What We Learned Today

The Dan Ellis twitter fiasco was still in full effect today, as the goalie tried to stop the bleeding, but came across horribly again. Instead of simply apologizing, he rationalized his decisions all day, coming off just as ignorant as he was the night before. He even took a shot at our buddy Puck Daddy. Time to take responsibility for your actions Dan. To see the attempted damage control, click the pic above to enlarge.

And now, time for what we learned today:
  • Apparently it will be announced in a few days that Ottawa will host the 2012 All Star Game. This is hardly breaking news, as I had mentioned it months ago.
  • With Gary Galley leaving the Sens broadcasting team, Denis Potvin replaces him.
  • Rumor has it Daniel Alfredsson has told family and friends this will be his last season, but I'm not buying it.
  • The Sens are talking to the LA Kings, apparently about a Mike Fisher swap. Wayne Simmonds better be coming back the other way please.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Bobby Ryan did NOT re-sign with the Ducks yesterday, so the dream is alive to see him in a Sens uniform. Not matter how slim that chance may be.
  • I spoke to Michalek's agent Alan Walsh and he told me that Milan is 100% healthy and can't wait for the season to start.
  • And finally, don't forget as I told you guys last week, the pre-sale to the October and November games begins today at 10am, so be sure to act early to get the games you want. The password is INSIDER.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

How To Kill Your Career In 140 Characters: A Dan Ellis Photo Diary

The world is a crazy place now, you have to watch your back more than ever, especially if you're someone famous, or in this case at least known. You have to watch what you say and watch what you do, because you never know when TMZ might show up, or even someone with video camera on their cellphone for that matter. Up until last night, Dan Ellis was known only in the hockey world, and even then he was hardly a star. That all changed Monday night, when he ironically didn't seem to understand the value of hard work and money on Labor Day of all dates. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the quick death of an athlete's reputation. As always, click on the picture to enlarge them.

And here's how it all began, when millionaire NHL goalie Dan Ellis starting tweeting about how unhappy he was with all his millions. People of course took offense to this and the hilarity began with the now legendary topic #DanEllisProblems, which just put this guy on blast all evening. It was really something honestly. I highly suggest looking it up on Twitter and reading through them all. You gotta love the guy who replied at the top of the page, he's laying in to him. This was the start of the end for Danny boy. It turns on that people who struggled through the worst economy in more than 50 years, who buy the tickets and jerseys that pay his salary, don't really like hearing another spoiled millionaire athlete complain about the burden of being rich. Who knew right? Oh well, you know like the homie Puff Daddy says, Mo Money, Mo Problems.


So this is around where he realized that people didn't find what he said funny and he decided to put his tail between his legs and try and minimize the damage, only it actually got kinda worse. Here's a pointer in PR Dan. When you find yourself in a situation where you have said something stupid, apologize right away and actually say sorry. Do NOT try and blame the people for taking it the wrong way or saying that your warned them, then saying if you don't like it do me a favor and unfollow me, and even worse still, after all that doesn't work, try and make some lame joke/threat about how you're going to go back to writing boring stuff. Did he hire Tiger's PR guy? No one said hockey players were smart. Here's a prediction Dan, you have a meeting with Stevie Y in the next few days and you get an earful, your account vanishes and you won't be tweeting anymore, so don't worry about what to tweet from now on.


These are one of the first batches of tweets to get involed in the crucifying of Dan Ellis. He hasn't seen this much attention since...........well ever. If you look closely, I may have even dropped a gem in there as well.


These were some of the very early jokes that came in. I'm not gonna lie, although there were some good ones as time went on, the best ones came when there were less people involved. These are all gems, one after another, completely unedited.


I loved the Norfolk references, which is of course where their AHL affiliate is located. It seems that people will be genuinely cheering for him to be sent down this season. I also really enjoyed the peasants crack from a fan of his former team. I do however, award the gold medal of this batch to the at least I'm not a millionaire athlete burn. Hilarious!


These are more of my favorites and they had me cracking up non stop. It goes to show you how funny fans can be, if there's a subject worth their talents. I particularly loved the crack from MLSE of all people.


And I think this pretty much sums it up doesn't it? Keep in mind this is coming from a respected hockey writer for the Minnesota Star Tribune in Michael Russo. People aren't exactly sympathetic to millionaire athletes and their alleged hard lives, when many people are struggling to make ends meat, especially when that millionaire is completely mediocore and on his 3rd team in 2010 so far.

The only thing I'd add is that annihilated didn't quite to it justice. It went on and on for hours, people just burning him, and rightfully so by the way. It was bound to happen to an athlete on Twitter eventually, though I will admit I'm suprised it was a hockey player and not Chad Ocho Cinco or Terrell Owens. I'm just glad I was there to witness and participate in it.

Thoughts on the #DanEllisProblems debacle?