Senators News: January 2nd

I’m making a change in how I post going forward.  Over the past few months I’ve focussed on getting out my posts as soon as possible and while I will continue to be timely I’m going to put more emphasis on analysis and opinions.

The Ottawa Sun lineup has Gonchar back while Carkner sits

The Ottawa Citizen confirms that it was Chris Neil who hit Gonchar in warm-up, not Kyle Turris (as the CBC indicated)

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan writes about Erik Karlsson (link), but I was more interested in comments about the team’s willingness to battle beginning with Paul MacLean, “You’ve got to keep playing, we’ve tried to instill that from the first day of training camp. We want to be a team that can compete for 60 or 65 minutes. However long it takes. We want to make sure we’re there and playing hard. Things aren’t always going to go our way, but we have to be able to respond to adversity, play the game and play it hard.”  Karlsson adds, “I think everybody feels great here, we’ve felt great the whole season long. The plan on everybody’s condition has been really good. The further we go in the season, the better everybody is going to get. Just a good feeling in the room everytime we come off the ice for intermission.  I think we never quit, we always stick to it. We know if we do that we’re going to end up doing great things and come away with points.

-Calgary blueliner Cory Sarich was fined $2,500 for his hit on Erik Condra.  This is as much as could be expected, but given the relative weight the low fine has it’s largely meaningless.  This kind of limp response to head shots is a big reason why concussions are such a big issue in the league.  It’s ironic that NHL management is the problem–when they discuss solutions they simply need a giant mirror to define it.

-ESPN and Sportsnet‘s power rankings are out (link and link) with Ottawa 20th and 16th.

Senshot‘s Jared Crozier is writing a full calendar year in review of the Sens and it’s worth checking out (part one and part two)

-There’s no word yet about a suspension for Robin Lehner who became engaged with a linesman when he tried to join a brawl in Binghamton’s last game.  You’d think the linesman had more important things to do then stop the goalie, but the move will likely cost Lehner a few games.

-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence; I’ve also indicated if the player’s scoring position has change (with a + for up, – for down, and = for unchanged):
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 33-27-38-65 (1st=) (WJC 4-7-2-9)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 28-16-24-40 (3rd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 32-16-23-39 (2nd+)  
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
(RW, Gatineau, QMJHL) 21-20-16-36 (3rd+)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 29-17-15-32 (2nd-) (suspended)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 32-8-15-23 (5th=) (WJC 3-0-3-3)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 33-12-8-20 (6th=)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Brandon, WHL) 39-2-7-9 (4th=)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 28-12-13-25 (2nd+)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 13-3-3-6 (14th=) (WJC 4-3-1-4)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 29-1-4-5 (4th=) (WJC 4-0-0-0)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 17-6-5-11 (6th=)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 18-5-11-16 (3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 16-5-5-10 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 20-2-8-10 (2nd-)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 22-1-9-10 (t-2nd+)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 20-1-8-9 (1st=)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 16-2-6-8 (9th=)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 11-2-4-6 (12th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 4-1-0-1 (=)

Notes: Peltz earns his first ever NCAA point after being scratched all of last year; Silfverberg returns from injury; Sdao continues to put up points above expectations.