Found December 14, 2011 on Blue Seat Blogs:

Filatov To KHL, Again

To no surprise former 6th overall pick Nikita Filatov is heading back to Russia for the second time in his short career. The Senators announced on Monday that they have loaned the young forward to CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Filatov was traded to Ottawa this past summer (for a 3rd round pick) from Columbus after showing no interest in playing in the AHL. According to scouting reports, he also had no interest in learning the defensive aspects of the game. It’s too bad; offensively he was once compared to a “cross between Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov.

At just 21 years of age, I’m sure another hockey club desperate for offense will take a chance on him somewhere down the road. Until then though, he’ll do nothing to shed the “enigmatic” label that has been stamped on many Russian hockey players.

Terry Murray Fired

The LA Kings fired Terry Murray this week and is rumored to be replacing him with Darryl Sutter, the former GM of the Calgary Flames. Terry Murray was good defensive coach who helped turn the Kings around. I understand why they fired him, as the Kings were expected to do damage this year in the Western Conference. But replacing him with Sutter doesn’t make much sense to me.

If you’re team is looking to take the next step, why hire a guy who has not been able to get the Flamers passed the first round as a coach or GM since 2003-04?

Pointing Fingers

Those who wanted to see Downie get suspended for leaving the bench to go after Artem Anisimov were generally referencing Rule 70.1, which states that no player may leave the player’s or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation as well as Rule 70.6, which calls for a game misconduct penalty to be assessed to the first or second player to leave the players’ bench or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation.

What was missed in most opinion posts are the shades of grey here (using that term way too much this week). Rule 70.2 references legal line changes. According to that rule “a player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

Okay, so what is Rule 28?

“In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.”

Mad that Downie didn’t get suspended or that he just received a paltry $2,500 fine? Want to point fingers at someone? Read Rule 28 again, but this time focus on the word “Commissioner.”


Senators lose LW Michalek to upper-body injury

Ottawa forward and the NHL's goal-scoring leader Milan Michalek sustained an upper body injury and will not return for the remainder of the Senators' game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Michalek was hurt in a collision with teammate Erik Carlson with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the second period. Michalek scored his 19th goal 1:09 into the game. The Senators...

Senators 3, Sabres 2, OT

Jared Cowen scored 45 seconds into overtime, giving the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Cowen pinched into the slot and redirected a pass from Erik Karlsson in the right corner. Milan Michalek and Peter Regin also scored for Ottawa, which came back after trailing 2-1 in the first period. Michalek, who leads the NHL with 19 goals, left the...

Mcquaid Fined $2500 For Kneeing Foligno

NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2011) – Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno in NHL Game No. 448 in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 17:45 of the first period...

McQuaid Knees Foligno

I would expect the NHL to review Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid's knee to knee check on  Ottawa Senator's forward Nick Foligno. When I first saw the hit, I thought that Nick Foligno would be done for the night but Foligno returned to game after shaking it off on the bench. McQuaid was given a five minute major and a game misconduct.

Veteran Sens blueliner Gonchar a steadying influence

Sergei Gonchar has seen pretty much all the highs and lows the game of hockey can offer a player. He hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and owns a pair of medals from the Olympic Winter Games — silver in 1998, br...

Quick Thoughts On a Tuesday Night

From the WTF Files: Nick Foligno’s 2011-12 Season In case you haven’t noticed, Ottawa’s newest center is having a hell of a start to his 2011-12 season. Just thirty games in, his 10 goals and 9 assists have him well positioned to break his career high in goals (17) and points (34). Some would say he’s developed into a different player this season. A dirtier player even…...

Bruins' McQuaid fined $2,500 for kneeing (AP)

Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Thursday for kneeing Ottawa's Nick Foligno in the Bruins' victory over the Senators on Wednesday night. McQuaid was given a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct for sticking out his leg to trip Foligno late in the second period.

NHL fines Boston's McQuaid $2,500 for kneeing

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Thursday for kneeing Ottawa's Nick Foligno in the Bruins' victory over the Senators on Wednesday night.

Sports Medicine Centre fulfills therapist's vision

Daniel Alfredsson knows full well the value of athletic therapy. It is a big reason, the Ottawa Senators captain says, why he's been able to play more than 1,000 National Hockey League games — and continues to do at a high level. Reaso...

Updates from Bruins at Senators

8:14 1st period: 0-0 Tim Thomas covers on an Erik Karlsson rush. Bruins careless with the puck, which is leading to Ottawa chances. 0:36 1st period: 0-0 Huge save by Tim Thomas on Colin Greening. Cross-ice feed by Daniel Alfredsson...

Cowen nets OT winner, Senators upend Sabres

Jared Cowen scored 45 seconds into overtime, giving the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Concussions sideline several top NHL stars

The NHL's goal-scoring leader, Ottawa winger Milan Michalek, and its reigning rookie of the year, Carolina forward Jeff Skinner, have joined the swelled ranks of prominent players sidelined by concussions. Michalek, a...
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