I wasn’t a fan of the trade that brought Patrick Sieloff to the Sens, and now beyond the reasons outlined at the time we have another reason to dislike the Calgary discard, as the failed prospect concussed Clarke MacArthur right on the heels of Mark Stone also suffering a concussion. For an organisation that wants to win now a lot of off-season decisions have stopped making any sense. I agree with Nichols that there’s a good chance that MacArthur‘s injury could be career-ending, and given the kind of damage concussions cause that may not be a bad thing for his future health. In classic Sens fashion Pierre Dorion has talked about exploring the trade market, but he’s in a situation where he’ll have to give better than he gets and I think the org has been generous enough (granting that a directive to win may give him no choice).
I’m at a loss when it comes to defenders of Mark Borowiecki at times–the latest from B_T is another headscratcher, where in a piece admitting that the lumbering blueliner isn’t very good his argument is that he does what he’s told. Does what he’s told? No one is complaining about Borowiecki‘s intentions, the problems are the results. Look, if fans aren’t interested in winning–if big hits are what they want–then have at it. On the other hand, if we’re talking about what makes the team better, there’s no excuse to dress him–he’s just not an NHL defenseman (regardless of attitude). For me the real question remains: how long will the organisation deny the obvious? In my opinion is there’s still a long way to go before that happens.
The long-expected announcement that Ottawa was moving their AHL franchise from Binghamton to Belleville has come. In terms of marketing it’s a smart move for the Sens, as it provides penetration into a market that’s more traditionally amenable to also becoming Ottawa fans. The shorter drive to Ottawa strikes me as largely meaningless, but when I think of the change I think less of those technical details and more about the impact on people. In the years that I’ve posted this blog I’ve had very good interactions with fans in Binghamton, so it’s a bitter pill losing that. I don’t think the Sens were particularly good to their affiliate, although a Calder Cup is probably enough for fond memories in the years to come.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)