-I did not see Ottawa’s 5-0 loss to Philadelphia (boxscore), as the Sens laid an egg in Craig Anderson‘s return. The loss has allowed trade talk to continue to fester (Jeremy Milks wants more toughness added–to make Ottawa the Vityaz Podolsk of the NHL–and hopes to land someone likes Wayne Simmonds without suggesting who would go the other way). On the other hand, Nichols simply vents his frustration, while Travis Yost looks at the Sens poor possession numbers. I have to wonder, given Ottawa’s struggles getting out of their own zone, how much extra water Sergei Gonchar pulled while he was here. I still believe Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch will be fine over time, but at the moment they aren’t ready to fill the 3-4 spots on the roster.
–Amelia L writes a long piece about Paul MacLean and it’s a nice refresher on the coach’s background as well as on his approach with his players.
–Ryan Classic reminds us of the Sens goaltender controversies of years past (and the here and now).
–Nichols writes about an interview with former Sens scout Anders Forsberg and how the scout convinced the Sens to aim for Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the 2009 draft (Phoenix, unexpectedly, took him early however). The interesting part for me is that Forsberg is now on the hunt for an NHL scouting job and it would be great to see him back with Ottawa.
-The B-Sens sent Jakub Culek back down to Elmira (the Jackals play tonight).
–Pierre LeBrun outlines the discussions at the GM’s meeting, but with nothing decided it’s simply food for thought. Other than a change to overtime I don’t think much will happen in the near future.
–Mike G. Morreale talks to NHL scouts about how they assess prospects and here’s a quote:
If he can’t skate, he can’t play. You have to decide if a player has a skill set of a pro prospect; can he skate or is his stride good enough that he will improve with strength.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)
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