Senators Weekend Update

After being away for a few days, here’s a look at Senators news as the weekend comes to a close:

-The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan interviewed Zenon Konopka about the recent deaths of hockey tough guys (http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/09/02/i-leave-it-at-the-rink).  Konopka‘s most interesting comment was about how he deals with the emotions of the game: “For so many years I took hockey home with me. I mean I took losses hard. You’re not in a great state when you’re doing that. So now I kind of leave it at the rink. I put my headset on right after the game, and I talk about business, how we can improve our business and everything else. For me, I think it’s been a real positive. There’s certain games you just can’t let go, but for the most part, I do let go, I do leave it at the rink.

Jason Spezza made similar comments about leaving the game in the rink to The Fan 590‘s Joey Vendetta, albeit from a fatherhood angle (http://www.fan590.com/media.jsp?content=20110902_101639_6992), saying “Fatherhood’s been great — it definitely gets you up earlier in the morning and puts you to bed a little earlier.  Aside from that, every day there’s something new.” And “I want to get my days done earlier and be home earlier and it’s been great, it couldn’t be any better.  Sometimes as an athlete you can get in your own head a little bit too much, and you start having a family and expanding, there’s a lot of other things to life than just hockey and I think it’s probably done me better.

McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook is out and The 6th Sens‘ Nichols quotes its predictions (https://eyeonthesens.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/senators-weekend-update/?preview=true&preview_id=1072&preview_nonce=ef24a05156).  McKeen’s joins the chorus that see’s Ottawa finishing last in the Eastern Conference.  Some of their individual player predictions:
Jason Spezza 75-25-35-60
Daniel Alfredsson 68-18-31-49
Erik Karlsson 77-14-33-47
Nikita Filatov 70-13-18-31
Peter Regin 75-10-19-29
David Rundblad 69-4-12-16
McKeen‘s pro scout Gus Katsaros was on The Team 1200 on Friday the 2nd (www.team1200.com/default.asp).  He said, in part, that Ottawa is in a transition phase; the magazine struggled to find a spot for Filatov in the lineup, but believed being in Columbus did a poor job handling him; they’ve very high on Bobby Butler; they believe Regin is a question mark, but they are high on him nonetheless; they see Sergei Gonchar playing his off-side; they see Ottawa as very young, very green, and making a lot of mistakes.  I’ll add more analysis when I have a chance to read the issue myself, but it is interesting food for thought.

The next major event in Sens land is the rookie tournament, with the team practicing September 9th beforehand.  All three rookie games are being broadcast this year on Rogers (http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=1&rid=4).

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