Senators News: October 22nd; Binghamton 0, Norfolk 7

-The Sens lines at the morning skate (the defence is unchanged):
Milan Michalek — Jason Spezza — Colin Greening
Nick Foligno — Mika Zibanejad —Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Condra — Zack Smith — Chris Neil
Zenon Konopka— Stephane Da Costa — Jesse Winchester

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about the speculation Daniel Alfredsson could be traded (link).  There’s nothing new here, although Garrioch delves into the details of the matter.

-Garrioch writes about Peter Regin‘s latest shoulder injury (link), with Paul MacLean saying, “I haven’t had an opportunity to speak with him, but everything I’ve heard from (athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) he’s pretty down. Those were his words for it and it’s only natural. He’s an experienced NHL player and he’s been a very consistent player for us through (five) games. It’ll be more of an opportunity for somebody else. He was kind of a steadying influence at the centre-ice position.”  Regin‘s buddy Erik Karlsson added, “That sucks for him and for the team as well. He’s played great and he’s gotten going again. (The latest injury) doesn’t help. I don’t know how bad it is, but it’s definitely hurting the team and hurting him as well.”

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Ken Warren writes about Craig Anderson‘s performance against WInnipeg (link), which includes Paul MacLean praising his team’s defensive work: “Defensively, we did a good job of keeping things to the outside“, comments that Anderson echoed.

-Rob Brodie writes about Zenon Konopka for the Sens website ahead of his 200th NHL game (link), with Paul MacLean saying “It’s one thing to get here, it’s another thing to stay here. If you get to play 200 (NHL) games, that means you worked real hard at your game to become someone who’s good enough to play in this league for that long. Sometimes getting to the NHL, a lot of people think, is hard. But the reality is, it’s often harder to stay here. And he’s proven that he can stay here.”

-ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun writes about the Senators plans going forward (link), with Bryan Murray saying, “We have to be more competitive and we should be.” And “Both from a financial perspective and from the hockey perspective, we decided that this is going to be a year where we have a lot of new players. We know it’s going to take a little time here. Some kids will get better, and others will fall by the wayside. They’re not all going to be top-end players. We hope out of this group that a number will end up being good NHL players, but we have to go through this painful process to begin with.’’  LeBrun believes that Filip Kuba will be dealt by the trade deadline, with Murray saying “I hate to say this, but if there’s a need on another team for a veteran defenseman, we’ll probably one have available that we’d be willing to talk about.’

Jared Cowen has been told he’s on the team for good (link).

-Columbus GM Scott Howson was on The Team 1200 yesterday and was asked about Nikita Filatov.  His comments weren’t new, but I like to remind fans of how the Columbus organisation under both Howson and Doug MacLean have handled top draft picks: Tim Jackman (2-38/01, played 19 NHL games with Columbus), Joakim Lindstrom (2-41/02, now with Colorado), Alexandre Picard (1-8/04, has played 67 NHL games), Gilbert Brule (1-6/05, now in the AHL), Adam McQuaid (2-55/05, won a Cup with Boston), Jakub Voracek (1-7/07, now with Philadelphia), Stefan Legein (2-37/07, retired and now plays in the AHL), Nikita Filatov (1-6/08, now with Ottawa’s organisation).

-The Binghamton Senators got hammered by Norfolk 7-0 last night.  I didn’t see the game so I’m reliant on reports.  Here’s the box score link and Joy Lindsay’s game report linkMark Parrish and Mike Hoffman were the only players not on ice for a goal against.  Kurt Kleinendorst was not happy with his team, saying “It’d be hard to find a whole lot that was right. I don’t know if it was the long bus ride. I don’t know. There was nothing good. There was nothing that we did well. There was no one who played well. This was a complete reflection of us as a group.” And “In fact, if you were to talk to Robin, I think he’d say two of the three he’d want back. It looked like there were a lot of shots, but there weren’t a lot of big saves. But I’m not slamming Robin. This was a group effort, and I think it’s on all of us.  This is a great, great test. To have an effort like that, if we don’t respond tomorrow … The way we play tomorrow is going to be a reflection on what kind of a team we are, because if we don’t bounce back and at the very least compete for 60 minutes and be the harder-working team, that would be a little bit of a red flag.”

-Joy Lindsay has an extensive list of Ottawa prospects who use twitter (link): Borowiecki, Cannone, Caporusso, Cowick, Downing, Godfrey, Grant, Gratchev, Hamilton, McKenna, Noesen, O’Brien, Pageau, Petersson, Raymond, Stewart, Stone, Wideman, and Zibanejad.

Mark Parrish was named Binghamton’s captain prior to the game.

-The Elmira Jackals beat Florida 5-2 last night, with Louie Caporusso earning an assist and Max Gratchev scoring.