Senators News: August 31st

-Reactions to the Kyle Turris deal have varied, but I thought James offered the most salient comment about the extension:

If things were to go South and Turris were to end up a 3rd line centre, he’d be making 500K more than our beloved Chris Kelly currently is and for just one more year….except Turris is 23 to Kelly’s 31.

Megan Robinson talked to Sens prospect Chris Driedger, who talks about this upcoming season where he’ll his first chance to be the starting goaltender for the Calgary Hitman:

Right now it’s just prep, getting back into game mode and working towards a big season. You know, during that stretch [last fall when he struggled], I went back to Winnipeg and just thought about things and I realized that if I keep playing like that, I’m not going to get drafted at all, so I tried to pick it up and I kind of got more hopeful. It was great for my confidence [getting drafted],  just knowing that Ottawa wanted to me and to take me in the third was pretty huge. It’s given me a new motivation to do better and make it further because the WHL cannot be the end of the road for me. It’s nice for me because it’s not going to be me constantly worrying about ice time with [BrandonGlover like last year, it’s just a new focus on the game. [Mack] Shields is going to be a really good back-up and I think he’s going to be a really good goalie so it’s nice to have him. It’s going to be cool mentoring him and showing him what I can. I just wanted to make sure that I could capitalize on the opportunity because nothing is worse than having the job and losing it when you’re expected to take it. So, I made sure I was mentally and physically ready to take this job. It’s one of the best groups I’ve seen in front of me in a while. I think we’re going to have a lot of good veterans and the young guys coming up are going to contribute a lot too, so I think it’s going to be nothing but good things this year.

-Here are my thoughts on NHL play-by-play and colour commentators.

-The Elmira (ECHL) roster remains pretty vague at this stage, as the Sens have yet to sign their fifth goaltender and could theoretically send a platoon of prospects to join the roster.  There are currently six players signed (three forwards and three defensemen): Matt Campanale (DL, 66-7-16-23, 6 AHL games to his credit, including one with Binghamton last season), Jimmy Martin (DR, 70-7-27-34, entering his sophomore season as a pro), Kyle Bushee (DL, 57-4-15-19, 13 AHL games to his credit; spent most of last year with Wheeling), Dustin Gazley (LW/RW, 72-25-60-85, lead Elmira in scoring last season, he’s entering his sophomore year as a pro), Chaz Johnson (RW, 64-20-15-35, 70 AHL games to his credit, including a half season with Binghamton in 08-09), and Jordan Pietrus (RW, 65-13-27-40, entering his third year in the ECHL).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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