Senators News: February 19th; Binghamton 6, Portland 2

Daniel Alfredsson likes the Sens quiet, late season schedule, “What I like about it is that the other teams have tougher schedules with a lot more games. I would not want to be in a situation where we have to play four more games (down the stretch) vs. four teams having games in hand on us. I like our situation a lot. We get this break and travelling-wise our schedule is pretty good as well. We have a two-game trip to Florida (in March), but everybody looks forward to going there, anyway. We can get the rest we need.”

Bruce Garrioch confirms the Sens are not in the Rick Nash sweepstakes

-Binghamton hammered Portland last night despite being outshot 38-33.  Robin Lehner picked up the win and Mike Hoffman lead the way with three assists (Mark Parrish scored twice, while Corey Locke, Mike Bartlett, Eric Gryba, and Dan Henningson added singles).  Tim Conboy was a team-best +3.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

Andre Petersson is being booed by Binghamton fans after his disparaging comments about the city were reported.  He’s responded in the right way by addressing it immediately, saying “It was a long interview, first of all. It was in Manchester. We talked occasionally, outside of the locker room. They didn’t know anything about it. I said some really stupid stuff, but I really, really, regret it. I really like the crowd here. I like the team we have, all the guys. It’s fun playing here. It was really stupid. I don’t remember exactly what I said. But as I said, it was a one-hour interview, and we just talked, like a normal conversation. … It probably wasn’t exactly the words I used, either, twisted in some weird way. I’d like to say I’m really, really sorry. I really like the fans here. We have the best fans I’ve played for (in front of) in this league. There’s always a lot of people here. When I realized what was going on [fans booing], I wasn’t that surprised. Everything feels weird, and I’m really sorry for what I’ve done. I just want to play hockey every day and become the best player I can be” (link).  He shouldn’t have said what he said, but he’s reacting the right way and it will be interesting to see if Binghamton fans forgive him or not.  I think the fact that he’s a very talented player could help mend the fences.

-Elmira lost 8-1 last night, with Corey Cowick scoring the only goal and Brian Stewart taking the loss (Louie Caporusso did not play).

The Silver Seven‘s SwedeTom writes his opinion of Jakob Silfverberg‘s season for Brynas in the SEL, “Jakob had a bit of a slow start att the beginning of the season, partly due to an injury that kept him off ice for a few games but some of us thougth he looked tired from the very beginning of the matches. Then something happened, the team captain and former Ottawa forward Andreas Dackell got a long term injury and Silfverberg was appointed as the new captain. From that moment Silfverberg grew as a player and as a leader. If we look at his stats he´s the scoring leader of his team with 19 goals and 43points total, 3rd in the league but with less games playd than #1 and 2. He averages just above one point a game wich is very good in the SEL. Several experts name him as the best Swedish winger outside of the NHL at the moment. I know that many of you would have wanted for him to not go back to Sweden for this season. Jakob gave an explanation to why he chose to do so in an interwiew recently. ‘It’s a big step to take,’ he said, ‘and I didn’t feel mature enough to take that step. I needed this year to make sure I’m ready for it and now I’m sure. I´m ready.’ To the question if he would return to Sweden next season if he got sent to the AHL he answered, ‘No, my goal is to play in the NHL, if Ottawa thinks I need time in the AHL to reach that goal, thats what I’ll do.’