Monday, October 03, 2005

What's German for "Punk'd"?

I imagine today was one of the weirdest days in the life of Christoph Schubert.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Ottawa Senators told the big defenceman and Denis Hamel that they had not made the NHL team and would be sent to Binghamton. Schubert, naturally, was disappointed.

A few hours later, the Sens brass changed their mind. Apparently they were as sure about this 20 player roster concept as I am, because they’ve now decided to carry 21, at least for the time being.

So, both Schubert and Andrej Meszaros have made the team, for now, while forward Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan got the forward jobs.

They’re saying Schubert is the seventh defenceman, which implies that Meszaros will be in the line-up Wednesday night against the Leafs.

How long this will last remains to be seen. I find it somewhat perplexing that the team has changed their philosophy in the course of an afternoon. While I applaud them for making what I think is the right move, it makes me wonder how committed they were to the idea in the first place.

One theory out there is that the Sens will hold onto Schubert for a couple weeks and then send him down. By then, whatever teams would’ve been interested in him (and apparently, there are between 10 of them) will have likely filled out their own rosters and maybe wouldn’t have as much cap room as they do now.

It does look like it might be the end of the line for Hamel with the Senators organization though. The battle was between he and Kelly for that roster spot, and Kelly has won out. Hamel has to clear waivers before he can go back to Bingo, and it’s very possible some other team, a team that doesn’t have the depth at forward Ottawa does, might take him on. While he’s apparently not good enough to crack the main roster for the Sens, he might be able to do so on an inferior team. GM John Muckler was on The Team 1200 earlier today and said he thought Hamel will clear waivers, but I’m not so sure.

Hamel has been with the Senators organization for two years now, and has yet been able to be a regular. Perhaps it is just time for both he and the team to move on. He’s 28 years old now, hardly a young prospect, and despite lighting it up in other leagues (40 and 50 goals as a junior in the Q and 39 goals in the AHL last season), Hamel has not proven himself an NHLer. It might be the best thing for him to go to a new team, a team that doesn’t have any preconceived notions about what kind of player he is and isn’t.

1 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, Blogger SoE said...

Hi,

while there is a german tv show called "Verstehen Sie Spaß?" ("you got that joke?") thats with the same concept the translation of punk'd would be "verarscht" or a little bit more formal "reingelegt".

Greetz from Germany :)

 

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