Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm not dead

Though this blog has been for the past little while.

Truth be told, since the Sens were bounced from the playoffs, my interest in this year's affairs hit a new low. I've watched significantly more of the NBA action than hockey for the last little while, and having tuned into a few games here or there, it doesn't seem as if I'm missing much.

The quality of play doesn't seem to be at a high level and I have a hard time rooting for either team. I find Edmonton fans to be horribly obnoxious (both on and offline) and as nice as that AcidQueen lady might be, cheering for an NHL team based in Carolina still feels icky to me.

But perhaps I'm just a bitter fan angry his team is out of it.

Alas, I'll get back to posting regularly very soon.


At 3:48 PM, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Considering the draft is in a little more than a week, and free agency soon after that, I'd expect nothing less. Ottawa's going to have one of the most interesting offseasons of any team out there.

By the way, I'd be interested to see your version of what the Senators should do this summer. (Another take entirely will be what you think they'll do.)

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Human Megaphone said...

Glad to hear it. I felt pathetic checking in and seeing the same old title.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Adam said...

It certainly is going to be an interesting off-season. I've spent way too much time debating the merits of trading Havlat, signing another goalie, etc. I can't wait for the Sens (and the rest of the NHL) to start signing players, buying out contracts, etc. I need something new to chew on!

Living in Toronto, there has been more talk about the McCabe signing (or non-signing, depending on who you listen to) and the buy-out of Domi than the Finals. To be honest, it's kind of boring to watch/read people kicking the same horse for about a month.

Chris, in case I didn't mention it earlier, thanks so much for all the effort and work you put into this season's page. There isn't that much coverage for the Sens here, so it was great to get a 'feel' for the games without watching them (although if you wanted a review of a typical Leafs/Predators game, I'm your guy. Woot.). I hope that you plan on continuing for next season...

Another thing: Chara or Redden? Assume $7.5M and $6.5M, respectively.

At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Goilers! said...

But perhaps I'm just a bitter fan angry his team is out of it.

It's juuust possible.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger jinx said...


I read your blog and I agree with many of your comments over the last few months. I also think Muckler & Murray don't appear to be winners. Year after year, Ottawa appears to have the same weaknesses. In order of need they are: not very physical, weak down the middle, & mediocre goalies. Yet Muckler seems to be adding strength where they are already strong (non-physical players with some offensive skills) while never addressing the main weaknesses. In fact all the improvements in the last few years (mainly Chara Fisher & Spezza) are attributable to Johnson & not Muckler.

Also, right from day 1 I never liked Murray’s attitude of “to-hell-with-defense & hitting, let’s just blow them away”. This is an exciting style to watch but it is not a good strategy for doing well in the playoffs. Again, this enhances Ottawa known strength & ignores their weaknesses. All season long my gut was telling me Ottawa was going out early in the playoffs with or without Hasek. In fact, I am glad Muckler didn’t trade for Rechhi, Weight, & Roloson. Ottawa would have given up a lot to get them & given the current style of Murray’s coaching I do not think these players would have made any significant difference.

By the way, why do you think Havlet has been on the trading block for 2 years – ever since Murray came? Often the rumors are that he will be traded for a lesser version of himself – some of the suggested trades sound like Mike Milbury ideas. This mystifies me. The only reasonable trade suggestion that I have heard is for Doan (but I not sure we need 2 Mike Fishers). This at least addresses an Ottawa weakness – lack of physical play. Ottawa seems almost prepared to give him away. This guy is no Bonk , he will be a star on any team he is traded to. Is he a drug addict or something?

As to the above comment about Chara being worth $7.5M, it is my opinion that he is an over-rated one dimensional player. He is probably the league’s most physically dominating players in front of the net but he can not skate, shoot, or pass well. His lack of speed & skating ability was exploited heavily by Buffalo. He needs to stay back, stop pinching in & moving up on the play. He doesn’t have the ability to get back & his offensive contribution is mediocre at best. Why Murray encourages him to think he is the next Paul Coffey beats me. Also, is Chara really worth more than Pronger???

I personally think Redden is more valuable of the 2. He is the only player that Ottawa can truly count on to get the puck out of their zone. I think Ottawa should resign Redden, forget about Chara & go after Jovanoski. He has Chara’s physical presence plus he can skate. This would be a big upgrade in my opinion. Without Redden, Ottawa is in deep trouble – they have no choice but to sign him – whatever the cost.

I am not sure about blog etiquette. Can I rant on or am I supposed to let the owner rant & I only comment? Anyways, I will walk into the unknown & continue my ramblings.

I also agree with your thoughts on Smolinski. A good hard working 3rd or 4th line center who is over matched on the 2nd line. Ottawa has a flock of 3rd or 4th line centers (Eaves, Kelly, Fisher, Vermette, Smolinski). While I like him a lot he is excess baggage & wasted cap space. Ottawa should trade him & Aranson or failing that give them away or failing that just buy them out.

Like you I thought the love fest for Edmonton (the ghosts of Wayne & Mark?) was a bit much but I enjoyed most of the hockey & the final 2 teams deserved to be there.

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Havlat was almost traded for Erik Cole last summer but Carolina backed out. Cole is the exact kind of guy that Ottawa needs. Too bad for the Senators the Hurricanes got smart and kept Cole. Havlat is almost certainly going to be traded this summer because I just can't see how the Senators afford to keep him and all their free agents.

My prediction on where the big name defensemen end up:

Redden stays in Ottawa
Chara to the Rangers
Jovanovski to Florida
Blake stays in Colorado or goes to L.A.
Lidstrom stays in Detroit


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