Senators News: November 5th

-Here are highlights from Binghamton’s 4-2 loss on Saturday.

Paul MacLean threw cold water on the minority who complained that Robin Lehner‘s fight was a sign of immaturity:

I felt that in that situation I witnessed that night, I would have done the same thing. He got run a few times and he got absolutely shish-kabobed, in my opinion they shish-kabobed him, and then they fell on him, and then they gave him the rabbit punches when he was down. I have no problem with what he did. His reaction was what I would have expected. The fact he stood up for himself and got tossed out of the game, I saw nothing wrong with that. I thought he was demanding his share of the ice, being competitive. It was a situation that I wasn’t surprised by his reaction. I thought he did the right thing.

MacLean is also most impressed by Lehner among the AHL prospects, making Don Brennan wonder if he might beat out Ben Bishop for the backup role whenever the season starts again.  I think if Lehner was the second coming of Jacques Plante the Sens still wouldn’t bury Bishop‘s one-way contract in Binghamton.

-I agree with Scott that the Sens are among the NHL teams most eager to get a deal done and the season started.  As nice as that is, I don’t see it influencing the league’s decision making.

Scott also tries to shed some light on the reason behind Doug MacLean‘s rumour that the Sens are for sale, wherein he suggests Eugene Melnyk’s divorce is the reason (basing it on Francesco Aquilini’s proceedings as Vancouver’s owner).  There might be some sense to this, although it’s also possible MacLean simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

-A reader has pointed out that Elmira Jackal Dustin Gazley was signed to an AHL-contract, so I’ll be keeping an eye on him going forward.

-Here’s the weekly prospect update (for players with more than 10 games played I’ve indicated where they are in scoring; for blueliners they are compared to other defensemen on the team):

Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 17-12-5-17 (t-1st)
Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa) 16-5-12-17 (1st)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 16-8-4-12 (5th)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 12-1-3-4 (t-3rd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Rimouski) DNP
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 11-4-0 2.50 .908
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 8-3-2 2.53 .915

Allsvenskan (Swe)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 19-8-5-13 (1st)

Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 23-5-8-13 (2nd)

Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 8-1-4-5
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 5-2-2-4
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 6-1-3-4
Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 6-2-1-3
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 2-0-2-2
Tim Boyle (Union) – 2-0-0-0

Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana) – 14-2-8-10 (t-3rd)

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)



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