Senators News: January 12th

-As expected, Erik Karlsson is in tonight’s lineup making Brian Lee the scratch

Matt Carkner took a shot at Matt Cooke at the end of the Pittsburgh game and said, “He ran Gonch. We’re up 5-1. He dove (after he was hit by Carkner). I don’t understand why you dive when there’s zero seconds left on the clock. You’re not going to get much of a power play there. He’s one of those guys who always takes his cheapshots here and there. When I get a chance to give him a shot back. I gave him a little shot. I don’t know why he dove … Avoiding the second shot was probably was what he was doing so it was probably smart on that part. You deserve that. Keep your head up. You can’t run our good players. He’s one of those guys that always take liberties on other players. I don’t think he’s too fair of a player.”  It’s truly amazing how players like Matt Cooke never really do pay the price for their actions.

Colin Greening has been chosen for the All-Star Rookie Team

-Joy Lindsay Tweets that Mike Bartlett has been signed to a standard player contract as his PTO was about to expire

Sports Illustrated‘s Stu Hackel gives his first-half report for the season (link) with Ottawa included as one of the most surprising teams, “And the Ottawa Senators, an afterthought to many, had a very good — and very exciting, given their regular late game heroics — first half. Ottawa is a team that refuses to lose.”  He gives Paul MacLean credit and includes him among the best coaching jobs this season, but gives the final nod to Ken Hitchcock.  Hackel’s whole article is well worth reading.

Dion Phaneuf was voted the most overrated player by his peers for the second year in a row (link).  I don’t think player polls mean a whole lot, but it’s amusing that Phaneuf is  annoying/arrogant enough to win it back-to-back.

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