Senators News: December 4th

-The debate over Ottawa’s decision to keep Mika Zibanejad continues, but nothing has changed since yesterday (nor is anything expected to change).

-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):

CHL
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 26-21-7-28 (1st) (injured)
Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa) 30-7-23-30 (1st)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 23-16-8-24 (3rd)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 23-2-6-8 (t-2nd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Cape Breton) 8-4-3-7 (9th)
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 15-4-2 2.26 .922
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 15-6-1 2.54 .909

Allsvenskan (Swe)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 27-9-9-18 (1st)

KHL
Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 31-8-9-17 (3rd)

NCAA
Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 14-6-7-13 (1st)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 12-5-7-12 (t-2nd)
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 14-2-8-10 (2nd)
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 14-4-4-8 (3rd)
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 10-3-4-7 (1st)
Tim Boyle (Union) – 6-0-2-2

USHL
Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana) – 21-5-8-13 (6th)

Stu Hackel warns against being too optimistic about the player-owner meeting today, which seems only sensible.

The Ottawa Sun is finally going down the path of requiring a paid subscription to read the erudite thoughts of Don Brennan et al.  I wonder how well that will do for them, as The Ottawa Citizen went the same route long ago, but was forced to make most of its sports coverage free with Senators Extra to avoid complete oblivion.  I don’t really see a way forward for newspaper sports journalism unless they make most of their content free–it’s available from far too many sources for fans to have to pay for it.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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