-Not surprisingly, Daniel Alfredsson is talking about coming back for another season (TSN, Senators Extra, The Ottawa Sun, etc). Before the season he said his decision would be based on his health and how the team was performing, so assuming he stays healthy I’d be shocked if he didn’t come back.
-Joy Lindsay Tweets tonight’s expected lineup (including the return of Patrick Weircioch, his first game since suffering a throat injury December 9th): Klinkhammer-Locke-Petersson, Hoffman-Da Costa-O’Brien, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Cowick-Hamilton-Downing; Henningson-Gryba, Wiercioch-Schira, Raymond-Godfrey. Mike McKenna is expected to start. Mark Borowiecki is sick and is out of the lineup, but the biggest surprise for me is Derek Grant as a healthy scratch–he hasn’t been the same since returning from injury (two points in eleven games, including an ongoing stretch of nine games without a point).
-Brian Elliott is back in town for the all-star game and talked about the impact of the media during his struggles last year, “Obviously, the Canadian media is pretty harsh on goalies and in Ottawa it’s been kind of a focal point for them in years past. They like to throw people under the bus. I try not to think about it too much. I never really read into any of it. The guys know how you are in the locker room and that’s all that really matters.” I was a fan of Elliott‘s when he was here, so I’m happy to see him land on his feet in St. Louis. While some of the criticism he received was justified, I think it was more than was deserved.