Originally written on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 9/7/12

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Jonathan Cheechoo #41 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 25, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won the game 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
As the clock counts down to the NHL’s September 15th drop dead lockout date, there haven’t been this many hockey fans looking at the calendar since Jonathan Cheechoo’s buyout was coming off the books. With most of our attention being squarely focused on the possibility of a work stoppage, the past two days of Senators news has been a welcomed reprieve from the intricacies, public opinion, media portrayals and analysis of the CBA negotiations. Yesterday’s Zack Smith news was like a breath of fresh air and served to give us a fleeting moment of normalcy. Even the local beat writers, have returned to the Kanata rinks and are churning out items like it is business as usual. Senators Extra for example, posted a brief and edited video of Bryan Murray speaking to reporters. The GM did not seem too concerned with the prospect of a lockout because the organization has prepared itself for any event. “We’re planning if there is a delay and if there is not, so we will have to have things i...
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