Senators News: October 10th

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about the Sens needing a full 60-minute effort (link).  Paul MacLean said, “The veterans are the ones that need to come to the fore when a goal is scored against us. They’ve got to step up and make sure that we’re doing things right. We need our youth, our enthusiasm and our energy to get us going on some nights, but the leadership group has to be one that steps up to get things done.”  This is exactly the right place to point the finger when the team sags–the veterans.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Ken Warren has a similar article (link), within which Paul MacLean says “We’re not playing together as a team and we start to become individuals, and  that doesn’t work in this league. You have to play with work  ethic, and we didn’t do that for most of the first period and the second period  (against Toronto). We can’t get down just because they score goals against us. They’re going to score goals against us. It’s how we respond that will  determine our success.”  The article includes the veteran quote above as well, but then Warren picks Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips, and Filip Kuba as the primary problems–I disagree with Kuba, who played well against Toronto.

-Bruce Garrioch tweets that Peter Regin is taking contact in practice today (link).

-The Sportsnet magazine’s Shannon Proudfoot has a preview of the Senators, who see’s them finishing 15th in the conference and among other things writes the following: “the Senators believe they’ve finally solved their problems in net and the shelves are stocked with promising prospects and a handful of veterans looking for redemption.  Still, it’s more likely to add up to a season of energetic–and occasionally ugly–hockey than a smooth ride.”  About David Rundblad, “with the team seemingly committed to a serious rebuild, they’ll be looking to minimize the pressure.”  On Craig Anderson, “Other than 38 wins in 71 games he put up in Colorado two seasons ago.  Anderson has been a career backup.  But Murray believes the 30-year old can provide the stability the team has lacked between the pipes.”  Finally, “One good thing for the Sens: with external expectations as low as they are, it’ll be hard for the Senators to fall short of anything.”

The Silver Seven‘s Darren M looks at why Bobby Butler was benched (link), saying it’s ultimately the difficulty Butler is having making the transition to being a well-rounded player.

-NHLer Craig Rivet (37-2-2-4) has signed with the Elmira Jackals (link).