Questions Remain For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, In the Senators perfect world, Spezza would have been dealt at the NHL draft for a package of players and prospects that the organization could sell as the next stage for the franchise. But when a possible deal with Nashville fell through because the Predators were on Spezza’s 10-team no trade list, the Senators are in limbo. As a...
Via Kukla's Korner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Murray loving the playoffs!

The last couple of posts have been about the St. Louis early exit in the playoffs and trading Craig Anderson.  Murray has got to be loving the playoffs this year and how some of the teams have performed and the potential collapses.  With some more potential upsets and teams not reaching expectations, it just makes this off season even more interesting for the Senators. Here is...
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Summer Sweeps: The Calgary Flames

Welcome back to the Puck Rant: Summer Sweeps series.  Following our in depth look at possible trade acquisitions for the greatest team in the history of sports, we move on to look at the worst team in the history of sports*, the Calgary Flames.    Following a disappointing start to the lockout shortened season, and the crushing realization that the team was going to lose captain...
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues exit could be good for the Sens

Well, I called the early elimination of the St. Louis Blues. I can't see Ken Hitchcock being fired as the coach; I do see Ken wanting to get a more offensive player on the roster.  This will be interesting for their goal situation as well, especially since Ryan Miller was brought in to take this team to the Cup.  With the early exit, and a lot of short side goals, were the...
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Now is time for Ottawa Senators to trade Andy

The list of teams looking for a No. 1 goalie this summer will be short, but if the Senators can somehow find the right match they really should deal Craig Anderson. Potentially, they could answer some roster needs or stock up on their draft picks, plus solve a problem of their own that's soon to be brewing. This is not to lay blame for a disastrous season on Anderson, who was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ottawa Senators knock off Leafs in final Battle

The Senators at least bid their faithful a fond farewell. Playing their final home game of this terrible season at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators sent the sea of blue home in sadness with a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did the Senators ensure they’ll finish ahead of the Leafs in the standings in front of a packed house of 20,500, Ottawa extend its...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Spezza, Anderson lead Senators past Maple Leafs

OTTAWA (AP) Jason Spezza scored the game's only goal and Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 Saturday night.
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Sens beats Canes for 3rd straight win

Alive, but barely. This is no April Fool’s joke, the Senators moved to within four points of the final wild card spot in the East with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night. Winger Ales Hemsky scored the winner in the skills competion as the Senators won three straight for the only the second time this season and for the first time since Jan. 2. While...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ottawa Senators down Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 5-3

The Senators beat the best Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. At least, Paul MacLean thinks so. The Senators’ coach told reporters he believes the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are the NHL’s top team, but Ottawa put them in their place with a 5-3 victory. Opening a five-game homestand, the Senators sent the 18,922 home happy by ending a 0-4-1 losing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Anderson lifts Senators over Blackhawks 5-3

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Craig Anderson had 46 saves and Clarke MacArthur had a goal and two assists and the Ottawa Senators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Friday night.
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators goalie Robin Lehner battled through struggles like a No. 1

If there was any good to come out of the injury to Craig Anderson during a critical stretch for the Senators, it's that his backup was able to be himself again. And for Robin Lehner, being himself means not being a backup. Lehner has never played second fiddle to another goalie on the same team in his life, but this season, his first full season in the NHL, he had to assume...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators at Panthers game preview

With their top goal scorer out and their No. 1 goaltender limited to a reserve role, the Ottawa Senators managed to give their faint playoff hopes a much-needed boost in their most recent game. Bobby Ryan is also expected to sit out Tuesday night, and Craig Anderson will likely serve as a backup netminder again for the Senators' visit to the Florida Panthers. Needing a significant...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Most disappointing NHL players of the season

Being that hockey is such a team game, it tough to pin the blame on just one player. That said, one player can make a huge difference in the grand scheme of a team’s makeup. In the following list, you’ll see most of the teams of the chosen player are having an equally subpar season. Maybe 10 more goals here, or a few more saves there and their team is in the playoffs. Here is...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators lead in staying healthy

Another reason the Senators have to be disappointed in their season - they are blowing an opportunity presented by fate. Heading into Tuesday, they had lost just 48 man-games to injury, by far the fewest in the league. Next luckiest was the Los Angeles Kings, who had lost 91. At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburgh Penguins had lost a league-leading 413 man-games to injury...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators' aching Andy still not ready

Recovering from a shoulder issue, Craig Anderson could have stayed home Wednesday night. Instead, he showed what kind of a teammate he is by standing beside the bench and supporting his fellow Senators in the skills competition. That, however, could be as close as Anderson gets to the ice for another couple of days. After Thursday's practice, coach Paul MacLean conceded the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators hope to have their walking wounded back

After five games against Western Conference teams that damaged their playoff chances as well as their overall health, the Senators are hopeful of having all their walking wounded back for their return to the East, where winning is the only acceptable option. Goalie Craig Anderson, who left Monday’s tilt in the third period with what is being called a shoulder “stinger,” should...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Enemy: Predators vs Senators Preview

  Monday night the Nashville Predators (26-28-10) will hit the road to play the Ottawa Senators (28-25-11) in their second and final meeting of the regular season.   Ottawa comes in desperately needing points to stay in contention in the Eastern Conference playoff race.  They currently sit just 4 points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 8th and final playoff spot...
Via Fang Faction
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ottawa Senators power out a 5-3 victory over Winnipeg Jets

Ales Hemsky put on a chemistry lesson Saturday afternoon. And, Craig Anderson saved the day. Picked up from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline, the Czech winger paid immediate dividends with three assists in the club’s 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. The victory - which included Mike Hoffman’s first - NHL goal allowed the Senators to close out this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ty Anderson: Seven's Deadly vs. Sens

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask wanted to start today’s game, but the B’s said no, opting to give the franchise netminder a breather before Sochi. It proved to be the right move as the Bruins didn’t need in net to rip Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators a new one this afternoon, ending their pre-Olympic season on a high note by way of a 7-2 beatdown. For...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Late goal leads Senators to 3-2 win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left and Stephane Da Costa had two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Craig Anderson had 34 saves for the Senators, who had lost two in a row and four of five. Cam Atkinson and James Wisniewski had power-play goals for the Blue Jackets, who...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Anderson wants to get rid of the shootout

You can add Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to the growing list of players who want to abolish the shootout in the NHL. Anderson's comments about the shootout came after his team fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout Thursday night.  Following the game, Anderson opened up and offered a rather blunt view on the NHL's method of deciding tied games: ...
Via Bloguin Best
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Anderson wants to get rid of the shootout

You can add Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to the growing list of players who want to abolish the shootout in the NHL. Anderson's comments about the shootout came after his team fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout Thursday night.  Following the game, Anderson opened up and offered a rather blunt view on the NHL's method of deciding tied games: ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Chicago Blackhawks Goalies of the 2000′s

Chicago Blackhawks Hockey - Whenever things go wrong for the Chicago Blackhawks (which is rare these days) the first person most fans look to is the goalie. The Blackhawks have had their ups and downs between the pipes in the last 14 years and have also served as the launch pad for goalies who went on to have good careers for other teams. Here is the list of the top 10 Chicago Blackhawks...
Via Sports Mockery
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Anderson Loses Again, Blames Shootouts For His Mediocrity

Craig Anderson (3 GA, 35 SV, L) lost again last night and does that surprise anyone? He helped the Sens stay with it through the shootout but came out on the losing end with the Bolts’ Ben Bishop standing tall for another win. During the post game interviews Anderson was a bit cranky about his recent performance and who wouldn’t be? I mean, if I was Craig Anderson, I’d feel...
Via Razzball Hockey
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators goalie Anderson: Get rid of shootouts, flip a coin instead

NHL goalies don’t tend to like the shootout in general, but they really can’t stand the game-deciding event when they come up on the losing end. Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson was the loser Thursday night against Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The loss put Anderson on tilt a little bit after the game, especially when he started to comment on the shootout itself...
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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