Senators News: July 20th

-Here are the Capgeek numbers for Jim O’Brien (637.5k) and Eric Gryba (562k).

Nichols jumps into the Corsi pool to see if Kyle Turris will become the second line center the Sens have long needed.  The numbers are interesting, but I’m not sure how much a half-season illustrates.  What it does illustrate is how much the team needs Daniel Alfredsson back.

Stefan Noesen talked about his approach going into training camp:

I think I’m ready to take that step. I’ve had a good summer so far training wise. The main thing they wanted me to do was get stronger and I think I have so far. Skating wise, I feel like I’m getting better and better each day I go on the ice. I was very angry [about the world junior snub]. It really fired me up and basically made me want to prove them wrong. That’s what I tried to do (the rest of the season) … I wanted to show that my kind of style can put the puck in the net, can make plays and can do all the things they don’t think I can do, I guess you could say. It was their choice, their decision … I respect it and all, but I just wish I could have been there to help the team. I don’t see [training camp] it as pressure, I see it as an opportunity. I thrive on pressure as well, so if that’s considered pressure, that’s a good kind of pressure … There is pressure to make the team but at the same time, if I don’t, I can go back to Plymouth and put up numbers this year and help our team win.

-This is off topic, but what is going on in Nashville?  I have to think the financial situation there is worse than is generally known.  There has been an exodus of players this off-season:
Ryan Suter, UFA, Minnesota
Jordan Tootoo, UFA, Detroit
Francois Bouillon, UFA, Montreal
Jack Hillen, UFA, Washington
Shea Weber, RFA, offer sheet by Philadelphia
Anders Lindback, RFA, traded to Tampa Bay
Alexander Radulov, RFA, Moscow (KHL)
Other important players have yet to be signed (the Kostitsyn brothers and Jonathan Blum), the team is at the bottom of the salary barrel and doesn’t have anything close to a true NHL lineup.   Stu Hackel has a good breakdown of the Weber situation and what it means for the Predators (I do not expect them to match Philadelphia’s offer).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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