-The Chris Neil signing is now official
-Don Brennan echoes himself and Bruce Garrioch (from last week) by writing another article about how the Sens aren’t tough enough. Unlike in the other columns Brennan actually includes a theory behind why they need to be tougher, “Many feel that Ottawa was able to stage so many third-period comebacks last season partly because opponents knew that if they ran up the score, they’d take a beating from Neil, Konopka or Carkner.” This is, of course, nonsense, but let me unpack it: both Neil and Carkner were part of the 2010-11 team that didn’t come back on anybody, so unless Konopka by himself was causing comebacks in the games he played, the idea simply doesn’t wash. There’s really no sense to the sentiment at all, as Carkner barely played last season, Konopka was scratched during the stretch run. It’s also not an argument based on facts–it’s a “feeling” based on the addition of one player (Konopka). This argument about toughness has been dynamited over and over again, but oddly has some kind of currency in the blogosphere. [Travis Yost also points out flaws in the argument.]
-Nichols points out that Bruce Garrioch’s (and others) expectation that the Sens can walk away from Kaspars Daugavins after arbitration are wrong. What they can do is either buy him out or trade him (the latter is more likely).
-Here’s my profile of Tyler Eckford.