Senators News: December 26th

-Binghamton plays Syracuse (17-7-4) tonight in a meeting of top AHL teams; the Crunch are lead by Tyler Johnson (30 points) and backstopped by Dustin Tokarski (10-5-3 2.40 .904).  Binghamton lost 4-3 in their last game against Syracuse 4-3 (on the 13th).

-In an illustration of how his rookie season has not gone well, Ben Blood has been sent back down to Elmira while Daniel New has been recalled to Binghamton.

-This time of year there’s not much in the way of hockey news that isn’t World Junior Championship-related.  Hockey’s Future posted team previews for the tourney (Canada, , Sweden, Russia, FinlandCzech RepublicSlovakia, Switzerland, Germany, and Latvia).  The US preview has yet to be posted.  Allan Muir also offers an overview.

Pierre LeBrun offers ten ways for the NHL to recover when the lockout ends:
1 – free NHL center ice for the rest of the season, which is an idea I like
2 – immediate realignment, which is something I have mixed feelings about (thoughts are here and here)
3 – add a play-in round of the playoffs, which I like
4 – bring back the World Cup of Hockey, which I have mixed feelings about
5 – 3-on-3 OT’s, which I’m not sure is a meaningful change, but there’s no reason not to try it out
6 – shorten the pre-season, which is a good idea, but team’s won’t give up the money made during it so I don’t see it happening
7 – make free agency start earlier, about which I have no strong opinion
8 – make free agency a bigger more deliberate media event, which is something else I don’t have strong feelings
9 – create a European division for the NHL, which is a nice idea but I don’t think it’s workable in the near future
10 – agree to a lengthy CBA, which is something everyone outside the league would celebrate

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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