Senators News: February 27th

-Today is trade deadline day and people have different reactions to it, including some who find the coverage ridiculous, but I think it’s a lot of fun for fans.  I’ll update this post if the Sens make any moves.  [Update: Brian Lee has been traded to Tampa Bay for Matt GilroyGilroy was a highly sought after NCAA free agent in 2009, but the Rangers moved him at the end of last season.  His stats this year: 53-2-15-17 +2 and is a UFA at the end of the season.]

-[My final thoughts on today’s trade deadline: it was a quiet day as teams were less likely to overpay for players.  There were far more so-called hockey-trades (transactions between teams that make sense on both sides) than are traditionally the case and I wonder how much the new CBA negotiations have to do with that conservatism.  In Bryan Murray’s press conference he referenced Ottawa’s pursuit of Gilroy three years ago and clearly the organisation still likes the potential they see in him.]

Robin Lehner was happy about his game yesterday, “The win is huge for me and the team. I wanted to prove to the guys in here and prove to the organization that I can handle the pressure. It’s a lot of pressure for a 20-year-old coming into a Canadian team trying to get into the playoffs, that can’t really afford to lose a lot. (Then) the same day I’m going to play, they bring in a new goalie (Ben Bishop). Great. It’s all pressure. I think for myself, I went through another mental barrier. I had one last year. There was pressure all the time in the (AHL) playoffs.”

Bruce Garrioch writes about the Ben Bishop trade, with an NHL exec offering this intriguing comment, “Good deal for the Senators. I thought they might have to give up more. I’m sure his status as a UFA meant the Blues weren’t getting offered a lot in return. If they sign him, it will be an excellent trade. Not sure where this places Robin Lehner in the organization.”  I’m also wondering what is going to happen next year, because as much as management talks about competition in camp I don’t see them burying a one-way deal  in the minors regardless of Lehner‘s camp.  It remains to be seen what kind of NHL player Bishop will be, but he’s definitely an upgrade on Alex Auld.

-The Brian Lee good luck charm stat is floating around (the Sens are 12-0-1 in his last 13 games).  If it means anything it’s bad news for Matt Carkner.

Joy Lindsay Tweets Binghamton’s lines at practice: Grant-Locke-Bartlett, Klinkhammer-Hamilton-Petersson, Hoffman-Cannone-Dziurzynski, Downing-Parrish-Lessard; Borowiecki-Gryba, Henningson-Conboy, Wiercioch-Schira, Raymond-Godfrey.

-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) 58-39-66-105 (1st=)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 50-39-41-80 (2nd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 54-30-39-69 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 41-32-31-63 (2nd+)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 60-19-16-35 (6th=)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 48-12-22-34 (5th+)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (injured)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 61-2-15-17 (2nd=)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 45-21-26-47 (1st=)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 22-5-5-10 (16th=)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 45-1-6-7 (t-5th-)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 26-8-8-16 (7th+)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 31-7-17-24 (t-1st+)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 25-10-11-21 (t-3rd=)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 34-6-14-20 (1st=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 27-8-10-18 (1st=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 36-1-16-17 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 33-2-14-16 (t-1st+)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 24-4-6-10 (9th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 9-1-0-1 (20th=)