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Pierre Dorion Speaks: Englund/Robinson, Prospects, the Karlsson Window, Playoffs

Thanks to the combination of the Senators losing last night’s game to the Philadelphia Flyers coupled with a variety of injuries necessitating a shake-up of the roster, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion jumped onto TSN 1200’s ‘In the Box’ yesterday to discuss the latest state of affairs. I recommend that you listen to the full interview by using the embedded media player...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Puemple Pops Off on the Senators’ Coaching Staff

Following the Senators’ trade that sent Mika Zibanejad to New York for Derick Brassard, it was easy to circle November 27th on the calendar and look forward to the first opportunity for each of these players to face their former teams, but once Zibby was felled by a broken fibula, it felt like some of the air was let out of the balloon. Thankfully, the recently claimed Matt Puempel...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Guest Post by @StefanWolejszo: A Detailed Look at Ottawa’s Attendance

The Senators’ attendance issue is something that’s been tackled by a variety of news sources, but until now, this site hasn’t really discussed the sparse crowds in great detail until now. The following post was penned by the excellent @StefanWolejszo. If you’re not already, give your head a shake and give the man a follow on Twitter. Take it away, Stef.  The dramatic...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Puempel Claimed on Waivers by the Rangers

Once feted for his finish as a goal-scoring prospect, Matt Puempel’s Senators career is finished. After being placed on waivers yesterday by the club, the New York Rangers claimed Matt Puempel. Under normal circumstances, I don’t know why the New York Rangers would have that much interest in Puempel beyond his pedigree as a 2011 first round pick. Sure, he scored 30 goals in his...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Waiver Wire Notes: Hammond Clears, Puempel Awaits His Fate

After exhausting the trade market to find a suitor for Andrew Hammond, the Senators placed Andrew Hammond on waivers yesterday signalling perhaps one of the organization’s most precipitous falls from grace since Dany Heatley clashed with Cory Clouston. About 18-months since Hammond’s Cinderella’esque emergence on the NHL scene concluded, but the Senators saw enough of Hammond...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators Looking to Trade Andrew Hammond?

When the Senators acquired Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2017 fifth round pick on November 2, it was sold as a move that was necessary because the Senators’ goaltending situation was in a state of flux. Not only did the Anderson family come forward and reveal that Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with cancer,  but Andrew Hammond suffered a lower-body injury shortly...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts in Bold: Eugene Melnyk’s Letter to the Ottawa Citizen

After doing so, so, so well these past few months avoiding microphones and newspaper headlines, Eugene Melnyk is back. That’s right, Mr. Melnyk is ****ing back! For the first time in what feels like ages, the Euge has stepped back into the fray and lobbed some verbal jabs at the Ottawa Citizen for their editorial piece that endorsed the idea of the Senators playing an outdoor game...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mayor Jim Watson Speaks: Promoting Importance of 2017 Outdoor Game to Melnyk

On the heels of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s announcement that the federal government had nixed the idea of holding an outdoor game in December of 2017 on Parliament Hill, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson met with the Ottawa Senators yesterday to articulate the importance of hosting a game in 2017 to commemorate a number of anniversaries. The importance of a game obviously wouldn...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

How are the Senators getting it done?

Through the first 11 games of the Ottawa Senators’ season, the team’s 7-4-0 record belies the team’s performance. Sustained puck possession has been a problem for the Senators. Their 46.21 Corsi For percentage is the second lowest mark in the league per Corsica.Hockey and they also rank in the bottom ten of the league when it comes to the percentage of five-on-five shots for...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Niko Bonds

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Niko Bonds, son of baseball’s Home Run King Barry Bonds. In the ultimate episode of “Bonds on Bonds”, Niko shares with the boys some Dodger Stadium horror stories, talks about the worst fans in sports, why he didn’t join the family business and what gets his dad up and moving every morning. (Download The Hall of Very Good...
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November 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Senators Trade For Mike Condon, Return Thomas Chabot to Junior

In light of recent events that saw Andrew Hammond land on the LTIR with a groin injury and Nicholle Anderson’s cancer diagnosis that necessitated having her husband, Craig, taking a leave of absence from the team, the Ottawa Senators announced yesterday that they dealt a 2017 fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for goaltender Mike Condon. On the surface, it’s the kind...
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November 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Michael J. Fox congratulates Cubs on World Series win

So…didja hear the one about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series? Much to the chagrin of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, the stands at Progressive Field were (much like Wrigley Field) littered with familiar faces. On hand to watch their Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians…Bill Murray, Eddie Vedder, John Cusack and Bonnie Hunt. Not there…Michael J. Fox. That said...
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November 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Corgan Hates the Celebs at Wrigley Field

If you’ve watched any of the World Series, you know that when it comes to celebrities…the Chicago Cubs are light years ahead of the Cleveland Indians. But here’s the thing. If the seemingly never ending cutaways of John Cusack, Vince Vaughn, Jim Belushi and the like are little too much for you to handle…you’re not alone. Billy Corgan agrees. “I don’t talk to other Cubs...
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November 02, 2016  |  Discuss

What Does This Curt Schilling Tweet Mean?

Depending on who you ask, Donald Trump either did or didn’t hint at assassinating Hillary Clinton. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” The Trumpster said back in August. “Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.” Tuesday night, former big leaguer (and Trump sycophant...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Baseball Star Jose Fernandez Died With Cocaine In His Blood

Life without extreme would be bland and boring. That’s why everyone is trying to find a thing that will fill the life with joy and excitement. Some go in for sports, while others prefer casino and gambling of all sorts. In fact, it doesn’t really matter which way you choose. Whether you bet on horses or you enjoy online slot machines at websites like All Slots Casino, you continue...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence Just Won Halloween, Gang

Who says Halloween is just for the kids? Whether it’s the Chicago Cubs heading to Cleveland for Game Six of the World Series in costume or Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle channeling Kurt Cobain, it’s safe to say Major League Baseball is celebrating in style. And Monday night…Hunter Pence won the damn thing. The San Francisco Giants outfielder and his fiancé, Alexis Cozombolidis...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Unfortunate Headline Ruins Otherwise Dominant Performance

As it should be, the talk following the Chicago Cubs dramatic Game Five victory Sunday night was Aroldis Chapman’s masterful eight-out save. A big part of the closer’s dominant performance…a record 19 pitches that clocked in at over 100 miles per hour. The online Chicago Daily News decided a gun reference should accompany a picture of Chapman who, last October, was involved...
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October 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: New Chief Amateur Scout, Lazar, Chabot, etc.

  Missed this the other day, but TSN 1200 posted audio of Pierre Dorion’s media availability from Vancouver on Wednesday. Although the delivery of this post could have been more timely, there’s still a slew of information from it that doesn’t deserve to fade into digital ether. To listen to the full scrum, scroll to the bottom of this post. As always, my thoughts are in bold...
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October 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Your Annual Steve Bartman Costume Contest

The annual Steve Bartman costume contest might have gotten off to an early start when Frank Kaminsky trolled the Chicago Cubs by wearing a custom jersey to the NLCS. That said, the Charlotte Hornets forward has got nothing on these folks…even though I’m not entirely sure some of them have actually seen pictures of Bartman. BEST COSTUME: Sorry #Cubs fans, but my cousin @Ian__Murray...
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October 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Of Course There’s a Wrigley Field-Themed Cemetery

For decades, there have been stories of dead people voting in Chicago and while I’m not sure if that is true, I do know this…plenty of them are still Cubs fans. Nestled among the 122-acres headstones and memorials at Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago is the most exclusive gathering of Cubs faithful. Covered in ivy and decorated with a stained glass scoreboard, sits Beyond...
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October 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Anderson’s Wife Nicholle Diagnosed with Cancer: Dorion Updates Goaltending Situation

#Sens GM Pierre Dorion updates the media on Craig Anderson and the Sens’ current goaltender situation. pic.twitter.com/sMdqF6lt4k — Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 29, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js For an organization that has dealt with so many saddening medical episodes in recent years, the Senators and its fan base were delivered another blow when general manager...
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October 29, 2016  |  Discuss

What Hat Was Jon Hamm Really Wearing?

The Cleveland Indians might have won Game Three of the World Series…but it was Jon Hamm who really got the, um, goat of Chicago Cubs fans. Late in the game, while FOX was cycling through its cutaways of celebrities at the game, the “Mad Men” star popped up wearing a simple white cap with red lettering. Immediate thought was that Hamm, a St. Louis native, was repping his Cardinals...
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October 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Doc Brown and Marty McFly Showed Up Outside Wrigley Field

About a year after you thought you had heard the last of “Back to the Future II” predicting a Chicago Cubs World Series championship…there’s this. Perhaps wearing the worst costumes in the history of ever, two dudes showed up at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland outside Wrigley Field in full Doc Brown and Marty McFly cosplay. @FOXSports @MLB @Cubs my boys @James_Tremmel...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco Gets a New Head of Hair

From bloody fingers to reversing curses, this year’s postseason has had its fair share of storylines. And forget the return of Kyle Schwarber, it’s all about the return of Jose Canseco’s hairline. Go #BehindTheScenes with Dr. Mohebi & @JoseCanseco and experience Jose's #hairtransplant journey this week. https://t.co/1NdVUvKzdY #MLB pic.twitter.com/xHxjP6nye8 — Dr. Mohebi...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Paul Sianis

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Paul Sianis, co-owner of Chicago’s famed Billy Goat Tavern. Founded in 1934 and still going strong today, Paul tells the boys the history of his family’s restaurant, being immortalized by “Saturday Night Live” and, of course, a certain curse from 1945. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Curse...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss
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