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from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet, Let me preface this blog entry by saying I really don’t want Daniel Alfredsson to retire. He’s an absolute pleasure to deal with on a daily basis and after watching him score 27 goals this season, it’s clear that he can still play this game at a high level.
But we need to acknowledge that Thursday night could mark Daniel Alfredsson’s final regular season home game at Scotiabank Place. The fans have realized this, and once again, they are planning to chant “Alfie!, Alfie!” at the 11-minute mark of each period against the Boston Bruins.
While the prevailing hope amongst Senators fans is that their captain will return for one more season, here are five reasons why it might be a good time for Alfredsson to retire this summer:
No. 1—The Perfect Season
Nobody could have scripted this season to go any better for Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators. They’ve been one of the feel-good stories in the NHL, so wouldn’t this be a great way for Alfredsson to go out...
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It’s been a remarkable resurgence in Ottawa this season under rookie head coach Paul MacLean. The Senators, who finished 13th in the East and two points out of the conference cellar just a season ago, has rebounded in 2011-12 to have a quality season in qualifying for the playoffs.But can this team, led by veterans Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson and defensive dynamo Erik Karlsson...
One award the NHL does not offer that I think should exist is a most improved player award. If such a thing existed, I think the clear winner this year should be Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators. He is the runaway top scoring defenceman in the NHL. His defence is rapidly improving and this makes him a Norris Trophy candidate. Some see him as the frontrunner, though I...
Oh Ottawa, how's our ass taste? That's what you say to someone who is in second place right? You ask them to eat a piece of your ass and then ask how it tasted? I don't remember what we did with Montreal last year, but I'm sure it involved a buffalo, live or stuff preferably stuffed for safety's sake, and a pitching wedge. Either way the Bruins are once against...
The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Ben Blood to a two-year entry-level contract Friday.Blood recently completed his fourth and final season of college hockey with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. The 23-year-old amassed three goals and 18 assists in 42 games this season.Blood was drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2007 NHL draft.
... And the 'experts' were wrong
OTTAWA – Many of you have never seen my face before. It helps that I’ve never been featured prominently on the back of an OC Transpo Ottawa Sun sports section advertisement, so I may or may not be as stupid as I look.
Nevertheless, I appear to be smarter than most, if not all of the hockey “experts.”
I can’t find anyone...
It's safe to assume Erik Karlsson is going to post more points than any other defenseman this season. In fact, he's a remarkable 25 points up on current runner-ups Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell. The question now: where will he finish among all skaters?With 78 points on the year, Karlsson is just two shy of the all-time mark for a Swedish blueliner, set by Nicklas Lidstrom...
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Below, some quick Ottawa Senators thoughts heading into the weekend.
-- Game eighty-two will be played Saturday afternoon v. the New Jersey Devils, and believe it or not, there's plenty on the line. With a point, Ottawa wraps up the seventh-overall seed, clinching a first-round draw with the Boston Bruins.
If Ottawa loses in...
Yesterday I wrote that I think Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is the most improved player this season. Commenters quickly pointed out Brian Elliott of the St Louis Blues. While Elliott has had a huge statistical improvement in his play this season, I do not see it as a huge sustained improvement. I wouldn’t list him among the elite goalies in the NHL. There are several...
The Rangers have truly surprised everyone this season with their performance. They currently find themselves in a battle for the President's trophy and not much else..and win it comes to first round opponents they find themselves rooting hard for the Ottawa Senators this weekend against the NJ Devils.
Possible First Round Opponent
New Jersey is locked into the sixth spot for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, awaiting the winner of the Southeast Division.
The Ottawa Senators can finish seventh or eighth depending on their result Saturday against the Devils and may be content with the latter given how they match up with the other division champions.
The Senators (41-30-10) squandered an opportunity to...