Senators News: March 9th

-Paul MacLean liked his team’s effort last night, “I thought our team played real well from start to finish. The Rangers bring the best out of you. They are a real, real good team and I felt our competition level was good. I thought that the physicality of the game was there on both sides.”

Nichols writes that Nick Foligno is second on the team in 5-on-5 scoring, but smartly draws no conclusions about it.  No one thinks Foligno is the team’s second most effective forward and it goes to show how numbers can sometimes be deceiving.

Justin Goldman illustrates how different perspectives can be, as he was very happy with Ben Bishop‘s performance against the Lightning.  My feelings are shared by Pierre McGuire (March 7th podcast), as we both think Bishop let in two bad goals in his debut (he was much more impressive last night).  I do agree with Goldman that Lehner is unlikely to back up Anderson next year, although my reasons are financial whereas he talks about maturity.

Stu Hackel points out the obvious: re-instituting the redline won’t make the NHL safer, but it will shift the game back towards the dead puck era and there’s little enough scoring in the game as it is.

Steven Simmons writes that Brian Burke and others within the NHL may look to dump Don Cherry for their new contract with the CBC two years from now.  I’m not a fan of Coaches Corner, but if it goes I’d rather it sinks under its own weight than NHL exec’s crushing it.

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