Senators News: September 17

There’s plenty of Sens news to look at today:

The Ottawa Citizen‘s James Gordon talked to Bryan Murray (link) who had some interesting things to say. Murray said he’d been targeting Craig Anderson back when he was playing for the Florida Panthers (08-09), but decided to trade for Pascal Leclaire instead; Gordon also writes “The team is interested to see where Peter Regin is now after a terribly disappointing year. Regin got hurt, but he also languished under coach Cory Clouston. Murray said Paul MacLean and his staff bring a “newness” and an ability to communicate, which sometimes results in “the performance of a lifetime” from some players in training camp.”  I’m not sure if Gordon’s comments are via Murray or his own, but Clouston’s communication problems are well-established.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan also writes about Regin (link) about whom Bryan Murray said “I think it [the coaching change] helps Peter, because Peter felt he wasn’t getting everything he could get last year.”  Regin himself added, “I think I can help the team win some games and really be a guy that puts up points more often than I did. And my two-way game, working in my own end, too, and be responsible. The whole package. I never got into that last year and that’s what I want to find this year.”  I agree that Clouston did not give Regin much rope last season, so it will be interesting to see how he performs with a clean slate under MacLean.

-Elliotte Friedman was on The Fan 590 yesterday and had some interesting comments about the Senators and Ottawa fans: “They’re [the team] a long way away.  Ottawa’s fans…they jump off the bandwagon pretty quick.”  The sentiment seems common outside the region.  The commentators (Friedman along with Stephen Brunt and John Shannon) also believed the Sens organisational depth was below Edmonton’s (the other rebuilding Canadian team) and had a long way to go.

-Senators training camp has been divided into three rosters (link), here are the groupings:

32 Machovsky
41 Anderson
17 Kuba
38 Conboy
39 Carkner
46 Wiercioch
63 Godfrey
65 Karlsson
6 Kramer
14 Greening
15 Smith
16 Butler
19 Spezza
21 Filatov
37 Locke
42 O’Brien
50 Culek
56 Downing
57 Grant
60 Stone
29 McKenna
35 Auld
2 Cowen
51 Raymond
55 Gonchar
62 Gryba
64 Schira
9 Michalek
10 Prince
11 Alfredsson
24 Da Costa
27 Parrish
44 Pageau
48 Cannone
49 Lessard
53 Hamilton
54 Cowick
58 Gratchev
68 Hoffman
93 Zibanejad
30 Stewart
40 Lehner
4 Phillips
5 Lee
7 Rundblad
52 Fransoo
74 Borowiecki
3 Puempel
13 Regin
17 Foligno
18 Winchester
20 Petersson
22 Condra
23 Daugavins
25 Neil
28 Konopka
36 Noesen
59 Dziurzynski
67 Caporusso

-Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus lists the top-100 NHL Prospects (link).  7 Sens made the main list (goalies were listed separately, so 8 including them):
17. David Rundblad
21. Mika Zibanejad
40. Nikita Filatov
46. Stephane Da Costa
76. Jared Cowen
85. Jakob Silfverberg
90. Patrick Wiercioch
4. Robin Lehner

-John Henkelman of Hockey Futures has updated the Senators prospect rankings.  Here are his top-20 (change from the previous ranking in brackets):
1. David Rundblad
2. Jared Cowen
3. Mika Zibanejad
4. Robin Lehner (3)
5. Jakob Silfverberg (4)
6. Matt Puempel
7. Nikita Filatov
8. Bobby Butler (7)
9. Patrick Wiercioch (5)
10. Colin Greening (14)
11. Erik Condra (9)
12. Stefan Noesen
13. Stephane Da Costa
14. Jim O’Brien (8)
15. Andre Petersson (13)
16. Mark Stone (19)
17. Mark Borowiecki (NR)
18. Eric Gryba (12)
19. Louie Caporusso (6)
20. Shane Prince

-Binghamton signed Ottawa training camp invites Maxim Gratchev (KHL 13-0-0-0) and Brian Stewart (4-5-0 3.05 .891) to AHL contracts (link).



  1. […] on The Fan 590 that “Ottawa’s fans…they jump off the bandwagon pretty quick“ (link).  It’s still early, but it was a dumb thing for Friedman to […]

  2. […] based on thoughts at the time and a synergy of the conventional opinion (you can check out Corey Pronman, Hockey Futures (John Henkelman), McKeen’s, The Hockey News and Hockey Prospectus‘ […]

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