Sens news today:
–The Ottawa Citizen‘s Ken Warren wonders about David Rundblad‘s future (link). There’s not much new here, but Rundblad said “We’ll see what happens, we’ll see what’s best for me. The Swedish League is a very good league. The biggest difference is the bigger rink. It’s the first time in four years I’ve played on small rinks. I’m getting used to everything.”
-Joy Lindsay has an update on prospect Darren Kramer who is still with the team (link): “Kramer is rehabbing an injury suffered during the rookie tournament, and is believed to be returning to his junior team this season.”
-She also talked to Andre Petersson about his transition to the North American game (same article): “It [Friday’s game] was kind of fun. I played maybe seven, eight minutes, and I’m happy with the way I played. But, unfortunately, we didn’t win. I have no problem with [the North American game]. I think it’s fun. It happens a lot more than it does back in Sweden, so I enjoy it.”
–The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan writes about a variety of things (link), including this “Jason Spezza will and should get skewered for his giveaway in the neutral zone
that led to Mikhail Grabovski’s short-handed goal. On a young team that needs
him to shine nightly, Spezza has to be less creative when he’s not inside the
opposition’s blue line.” The giveaway was actually Erik Karlsson‘s.
-Pierre LeBrun reviews the Senators for ESPN (link). Most of the article is composed of comments by Jason Spezza and Bryan Murray, but LeBrun says “Melnyk hates losing. But we’re told he has accepted this rebuilding plan and understands what it takes to be ready for a long season. The fans in Ottawa also have accepted what’s ahead. It’ll work for a year, but the owner and the fans will need to see tangible improvements as soon as next season. There’s no appetite in that market for a five-year rebuild. Not from the owner, not from the fans.” I’m not sure I agree with his final conclusion, but I do think fans need to see improvement over the year. He also says the hiring of Paul MacLean was well-received around the league. Victoria Matiash believes Erik Karlsson has the best fantasy value; Sean Allen thinks Jason Spezza is a risky pick because of his injury history; Allen likes Nikita Filatov as the team’s sleeper pick.
-Kevin Allen of USA Today writes about the Northeast Division (link), picking Ottawa to finish last. Allen doesn’t engage in a lot of analysis, but includes “Will the Senators finally trade Jason Spezza? With four seasons left at $7 million a season, plus a no-trade clause, Spezza, 28, has not been, and will not be, easy to deal. Although Ottawa fans are frustrated that 6-3 Spezza is not a physical presence, he’s the team’s best producer of offense.” With is final outlook, “All renovation projects take more time than you anticipate. So it will be with the Senators.”
–SenShot‘s Brandy Chadala writes about last night’s game (link).