Senators News: February 17th

Don Brennan writes about Kaspers Daugavins who offered a number of comments, “It felt great. Because it gave us a 2-1 lead, first of all. And with my dad here, it’s kind of special. It was his first time watching me play pro here. It was a great feeling.”  Talking about his father, Armands, being along, “He’ll be happy for me. He just enjoys being here and watching NHL hockey. It’s tough waking up every morning at 2:30 in Latvia and watching it on TV. It’s not as nice. Here now you can watch it live and see a lot of great hockey players, not only me. You can see all these players and see real life how it is. He came to watch me over in the (OHL), but he never watched me in Binghamton or here. Finally, cool for him to see it live, pro hockey. He was giving it to me last night in the room, saying ‘Oh I spent all this time flying, you better score.”  And about his play, “Obviously, I try to work hard. Obviously, I know scoring is not my main job, it’s to play good defence and PK, mix in a couple of big blocked shots. It’s nice to score. You still try to play offence, but my priorities are defence.”

Brennan writes that Jason Spezza should get Hart consideration if he continues to remain among the top scorers, but I think it’s extremely unlikely.  You never hear his name when the great players are discussed and that’s indicative of how those who vote for the trophy consider him.  Darryl Dobbs writes about how Spezza‘s production has increased towards the end of the season the previous three years.

Pierre LeBrun writes about the trade market, including Ottawa’s plans.  “The Senators have looked around the league and made calls regarding a forward, but the asking price is more often than not one of Ottawa’s top prospects.  And that’s a no-go. ‘I’m not doing that, I can tell you that,’ Sens GM Bryan Murray told Thursday. ‘I’m not looking for a short-term fix.’ The Senators still have their eye on the big picture, which is to continue with their plan of developing a young and talented team. No shortcuts. Still, if a top-six winger with an expiring contract is available without requiring the Sens to give up the farm, Murray will look at it. ‘I’d be OK with a rental if it was the right price,’ said Murray.”  I’m a fan of the patient approach and I’m glad Murray won’t give up any important assets.

Adam Proteau has an article about potential player buyouts assuming an amnesty in the next collective bargaining agreement.  Here’s his Ottawa piece: “Likeliest buyout: Craig Anderson. If you’d asked the whom-to-amnesty question last year, the easy answer would have been Sergei Gonchar. But the veteran D-man has rebounded with a solid season. And although Anderson has stabilized Ottawa’s net somewhat, his numbers (.910 save percentage, 2.93 goals-against average) are rather ordinary and he’s got a cap hit of more than $3.1 million for three more years. If the team really believes in prospect Robin Lehner, does it make sense to pay Anderson that as a backup/tutor? I say no. Likelihood team buys him out: 2. The Sens don’t have a wealth of goalie prospects on the horizon and backup Alex Auld is an unrestricted free agent this summer. With more than $28 million in projected available cap space next year, owner Eugene Melnyk likely will instruct GM Bryan Murray to stick with what he’s got. ”  I’m not sure what point Proteau is trying to make by bringing up Anderson only to dismiss the possibility.  I don’t like the length of the contract either, but it does serve as a safety valve if Lehner struggles.

Joy Lindsay provides tonight’s lineup: David Dziurzynski-Corey Locke-Mark Parrish, Rob Klinkhammer-Stephane Da Costa-Jack Downing, Mike Hoffman-Pat Cannone-Andre Petersson, Derek Grant-Wacey Hamilton-Mike Bartlett; Mark Borowiecki-Eric Gryba, Dan Henningson-Tim Conboy, Patrick Wiercioch-Josh Godfrey.

-Elmira won last night, with Corey Cowick picking up two assists and Brian Stewart earning the win (Louie Caporusso did not play).