Senators News: December 23rd; Binghamton 5, Rochester 1

-Binghamton crushed Rochester 5-1 in a game I was unable to watch.  Robin Lehner picked up the win with 34 saves while Shane Prince, Andre Benoit, Jakob Silfverberg, Mark Stone, and Mike Hoffman provided the offence.  Here are the highlights and Luke Richardson‘s post-game comments.

-The B-Sens have been fantastic after a slow start and that’s a credit to both the organisation for the players they’ve drafted and signed along with the work the coaching staff has done.  It will be interesting to see how things evolve if there’s no NHL season.

Bruce Garrioch says that the Pittsburgh Penguins want Sergei Gonchar back, which may be signing him as a UFA or take the form of a trade, although it’s hard to imagine the Sens trading him at this point as Scott sums up:

With Cowen sidelined, minus Gonchar, the defensive depth chart projects as; Karlsson, Methot, Phillips, Lundin, Benoit, Wiercioch, Boro. Can’t say that group inspires much confidence (said as a person who’s loving what Wiercioch is doing in the A). With a thin defence corps I’d expect the Senators to handle a Gonchar trade like they handled the possibility of moving Kuba last year, ie. they’ll entertain offers but have no problem watching the asset walk. Sergei played 22 minutes a game last year, and while clearly a declining asset, is still an important and useful body on a depleted Senators blueline. Trading away what little depth they have for a meager return seems a big gamble if the goal is the postseason.

-Elmira lost 4-2 to Wheeling last night, with Marc Cheverie picking up the loss and Caporusso and Gazley picking up single points among Bingo signees.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


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