Senators News: October 11th

-Binghamton has made two more roster cuts, with Marc Cheverie going to Elmira (as expected) along with Ben Blood who (for the moment) he’s lost his spot to Fredrik Claesson.  With Jared Cowen in a healthy lineup both Blood and Claesson were aiming to be seventh defenseman (behind Benoit, Cowen, Eckford, Wiercioch, Gryba, and Borowiecki), so it’s not that surprising the team would rather have teenage Claesson ride the pine while Blood plays a ton in Elmira.

Ben Bishop has reportedly signed with Binghamton, putting Nathan Lawson in limbo barring injury or the end of the lockout.

James Gordon wonders if fans will come back to the NHL when the lockout is over, a question whose answer is tied to context.  For hardcore hockey fans there’s nowhere else to go, so it won’t impact them, but for casual fans a prolonged lockout will hurt weaker markets.  The idea that fans can speak with their dollars is true only to a point–outside of walking away from the sport, there’s no real alternative for hockey fans.

D. J. Powers looks at Hockey East (NCAA), which doesn’t feature any Sens prospects, although it contains mention of Sens Development Camp invitee Trevor Van Riemsyk:

Van Riemsdyk came to Durham as a highly touted rookie last season and didn’t disappoint. The Middletown, NJ native led all New Hampshire defensemen with 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) playing in all 37 games. He also earned a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Van Riemsdyk is a blossoming, two-way defenseman that is very good at both ends of the ice. But what really stands out about him is his excellent vision and hockey sense. He utilizes his speed quite effectively in the Wildcats’ transition game, as well. None of this has been lost on NHL teams. Among the teams already giving Van Riemsdyk a look are the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators, whose prospect camps he attended this summer.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


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