Senators News: May 23rd

Joy Lindsay Tweets that the Sens have signed prospect Darren Kramer.  There has been no official confirmation yet.

Jakub Culek has signed his ELC.

Luke Richardson will be named the new head coach in Binghamton (ahead of veteran Steve Stirling, the current assistant coach).

Don Brennan reports there have been no contract talks between the Sens and Jesse Winchester and Zenon Konopka (although it’s still early in that process).  Brennan admits the Sens may want Konopka‘s roster spot for a prospect.

Colin Greening talked about his season, “I really felt like I could have got to 20 [goals]. It was too bad (I didn’t). I felt like I was a little bit streaky when it came to goals, but I don’t consider myself a points person. My big motto always (has been) you play the right way, do the right things and good things will happen. That might happen with a goal or an assist. But honest to God, I wish I could have scored 20 goals. It was just one of those things … maybe next year. [The season] was a great experience. Overall, I was really happy. It was definitely a transition, especially with the schedule. The AHL schedule is definitely a lot different. I was exposed to the NHL schedule a little bit last year, but to actually go through that first full season was great. You’ve got to get used to that and the grind of the season, but I felt like it was good. I was certainly very honoured to be in the all-star (weekend). I couldn’t have expected that. To be on a line with (Milan) Michalek and (Jason) Spezza for most of the season was great, and to also spend time playing with Alfie … they’re great players. I don’t want to say I was surprised by any of it, but there were some interesting sights along the path.  [The playoffs were] very intense. And just the media attention, too, was definitely a new experience for me. I hadn’t really experienced that much media attention before. When you’re playing and there’s a bunch of analysts dissecting your game 30 seconds after you’re done playing, it’s definitely an interesting experience.”

Kyle Turris talked about his time in Ottawa, “It’s done wonders. It helps me confidence-wise moving forward and just knowing that I can help this team. And I want to help the team even more next year. I’m going to be working on things (over the summer) and I’ll just keep trying to help the team every night.  The confidence that they’ve given me to play my game and to have confidence in myself to play that game makes a world of difference. It allowed me to play and have fun. I’m looking forward to working out with [Chris] Schwarzy here and getting stronger and coming back to camp next year ready to help the team as much as I can.”  Pierre Dorion said “I think with Kyle, we’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg.”

Nichols takes a look at Ottawa’s PK (20th in the league) by taking a look at the stats.  He points out that the Sens could be without Filip Kuba (their best player by the PK numbers), Jesse Winchester, Zenon Konopka, Daniel Alfredsson, and Kaspars Daugavins (I view this as very unlikely given that he’s an RFA).  It’s worth looking through the numbers (particularly for Chris Phillips apologists–the Big Rig was on for more powerplay goals against than any other player, despite his shorthanded TOI being cut back this season), but on the whole the only loss the team will really feel is Kuba (Winchester played less than half the season and Konopka was scratched for more than a quarter of the games).  The Sens do have PK blueliners in their system, but they won’t be able to fill a hole that big.


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