Senators News: December 15th

Nick Foligno doesn’t think Adam McQuaid intentionally kneed him nor does he think he warrants a suspension

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch looks at last night’s loss (link) and Paul MacLean put the blame on the two turnovers that lead to breakaways, “We made two fatal mistakes with turnovers by not executing with the puck and it ends up with two breakaways that were the difference in the game. That keeps happening continually and we’ve got to continue to work at having it stop.”  I understand what he’s saying, but Craig Anderson was the biggest part of the loss.

-Joy Lindsay Tweets (link) that Binghamton has signed Brandon Svendsen to a PTO; Svendsen has been playing for Kalamazoo in the ECHL (10-7-7-14), but was a full-time player in Binghamton during the 2009-10 season.  Jack Downing was returned to Elmira.

-Joy provides the lines at practice: Klinkhammer-Locke-Svendsen, Hoffman-Da Costa-Parrish/Armstrong, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Cowick-Hamilton-Lessard; Borowiecki-Gryba, Ratchuk-Conboy, Raymond-Schira.

-Besides Mark Stone, Sens prospects Mika Zibanejad and Fredrik Claesson will play for Sweden while Jakub Culek will play for the Czechs.  Shane Prince‘s fate for USA is still up the air.

SenShot‘s Jared Crozier writes an interesting piece on why Canadians love the World Junior Championship so much (link).  I recommend reading the article as I agree with most of it (TSN, the timing, nationalism, and winning).  I’d add the following point: in addition to the general when of the event, it’s also mid-season in the NHL which is the least interesting point of the regular season.  The one thing the tournament is not is a best-on-best.  The last junior age tournament that features all the best players available to each nation is the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which is the IIHF’s under-18 tourney (Canada has won 16 out of 21 tournaments overall and 14 of the last 16).  Ivan Hlinka takes place in August however, so has no chance of becoming a popular event for viewers.