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Senators Trade Jonathan Dahlen for Alex Burrows

I’m not angry, I’m despondent. Making sense of yesterday’s swap that featured the Ottawa Senators acquiring Alex Burrows in exchange for 2016 second round pick (42nd overall) Jonathan Dahlen is easy when you view it through the prism that this is simply extension of the same team-building philosophy that has plagued this organization since Bryan Murray inherited the general...
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1 day ago

Ton Anselmi Speaks: Outdoor Game, LeBreton Flats, More Resources for Dorion

You know Tom Anselmi’s hit the big time when he’s getting the MS Paint red phone treatment on this blog. The Senators’ new president and COO appeared Thursday morning on TSN 1200’s ‘TGOR’ to talk about his first week on the job. Anselmi’s fresh to the job, so inevitably there was going a lot of non-answers, corporate spin and pumping of tires, but beyond the vanilla...
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18 days ago

Pronman Reveals Midseason Prospect Rankings and Three Senators Crack List

As the Senators’ road trip continues in Columbus tonight, here’s a little prospect porn to get you through the work day. ESPN Insider’s Corey Pronman published his midseason rankings of the ‘Top 50 drafted NHL prospects’. (Note: Like everything else published on ESPN Insider, accessing the full rankings requires a paid subscription, but if you’re wavering on whether or...
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January 19, 2017

The Week that Was: Alfredsson Jersey Retirement, Karlsson’s Legacy and Fan Apathy

From Daniel Alfredsson’s magical retirement ceremony to the team’s recent three-game losing streak to the performance of the team’s prospects at the World Junior Championships, it was quite the up and down week for Senators fans. As a franchise that takes its share of grief from fans who bemoan the organization’s penchant for their disregard or tradition or for bungling what...
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January 04, 2017

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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November 22, 2016

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

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

Heartbreaker for Ravens— Giants 27, Baltimore 23…

Maybe I should have tipped off the Ravens that I have followed Marty Mornhinweg’s career for many years, and that he seems to struggle with calling the right plays in 4th-and-goal short yardage situations… But I didn’t want to jinx Marty or the Ravens…. To no avail. The Ravens offense blew a golden opportunity at the Giants’ goal line and walked away with no points—and...
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October 16, 2016

Neither Ravens or Giants are at full strength—but gut-check time for both…

RAVENS AT GIANTS Sunday, October 16 | 1:00 pm ESTMetLife Stadium CBS/WJZ-TV (Ch. 13) 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM   The matchups are enticing and should be entertaining—such as Joe Flacco’s struggling offense vs. a Giants defense that is depleted at safety and cornerback and hasn’t had much of a pass rush lately…or Eli Manning’s having three top-quality receivers to unleash...
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October 13, 2016

Ravens pull the old coordinator switcharoo trick out of the hat again…

When in doubt about the Ravens offense, switch in mid-season to a new coordinator! It just happened again. John Harbaugh made the decision Sunday night that it was time to change offensive coordinators, firing Marc Trestman and promoting Marty Mornhinweg. Harbaugh didn’t consult quarterback Joe Flacco, and he informed Owner Steve Bisciotti and General Manager Ozzie Newsome of...
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October 10, 2016

Ravens stumble, bumble and fumble away a home game to the Redskins—Washington 16, Ravens 10

It’s not characteristic for the Ravens to physically dominate a game and then blow it with mechanical errors  which cost them the outcome. But it happened on Sunday in the windy confines of M&T Bank Stadium. The Washington Redskins abandoned their usual formula for victory — the passing of Kirk Cousins — to extend their winning streak to three. Washington used an 85-yard...
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October 09, 2016

Ravens and Redskins struggling with some injury issues…

REDSKINS VS. RAVENS Sunday, October 9 | 1:00 pm ESTM&T Bank Stadium FOX/WBFF-TV (Ch. 45) 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM It’s a pretty big deal when the Redskins play their regional neighbors in Baltimore, but it’s not a true rivalry. Joe Flacco will explain that later on in the article. Meanwhile, both teams have major health concerns. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) has...
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October 06, 2016

Reluctant farewell to Ravens from a fine player and a better human being…

Personally I believe Justin Forsett still has the burst of a younger running back and would have eventually been a key contributor for the Ravens over the course of a long season in 2016. Maybe he can’t move the pile the way bigger and younger running backs can, but he more than made up for that with cutback vision, pass receiving and pass protection skills. But Forsett did not...
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October 04, 2016

Ravens lose to Oakland, 28-27, learn a lot about missed opportunities…

The Ravens faced two opponents on Sunday— the inspired Oakland Raiders (3-1)—and themselves. You can’t keep giving the competitive edge away to a young and hungry team like the Raiders and expect to win a game like this. Over 100 yards in penalties, an offensive line which had trouble in pass protection all day long, and a couple of key dropped passes ended up killing the Ravens...
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October 02, 2016

Ravens will have to improve offense against the Raiders…

The Oakland Raiders (2-1) come to play Baltimore on Sunday. This Raiders team is a mixed bag of timely defense but which gives up a lot of yards, and an offense that is still seeking its big-play potential. Here’s the rub—Baltimore is ranked 25th in league in yards per game (324.3) and 24th in points per game (19). The Ravens have scored just four touchdowns in three games. No...
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September 27, 2016

Flacco, Tucker shine in the clutch as Ravens squeak by Jaguars…

This was not exactly a signature game for the Ravens, but they will take it—and I should add, Gus Bradley’s Jaguars came to play for him on Sunday and probably solidified Bradley’s tenure as head coach in Jacksonville —for now… Justin Tucker kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on...
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September 25, 2016

Ravens are a test for Gus Bradley and the Jaguars in more ways than one…

RAVENS AT JAGUARS Sunday, September 25 | 1:00 pm ESTEverBank Field CBS/WJZ-TV (Ch. 13) 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM The rumor is Gus Bradley is coaching for his job with the Jaguars on Sunday. That may be true in the sense Jacksonville ownership wants to see a win or at least a very close game against the Ravens.  The concern is that Bradley’s players may have quit giving full effort...
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September 22, 2016

Ravens exhale after ugly win…

The Jacksonville Jaguars are up next for the Ravens (2-0) coming off a dramatic if not exactly pretty win over Cleveland. As Ryan Mink wrote for the team’s website: “As John Harbaugh said Monday, the Ravens have long been “ugly.” While Monday morning quarterbacks take style points away for that, the Ravens acknowledge there is still work to be done to improve, but that a...
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September 20, 2016

Ravens escape Cleveland with “lucky” 25-20 win…

I told you ’bout the Fool on the Hill….I tell you man he’s livin’ there still…. Josh McCown almost did it to the Ravens again—and would have except for some crazy calls that went against the Browns in the end. The Ravens came out flat and confused to start the game in Cleveland. They were dominated at the point of attack, McCown and the play-calls of Hue Jackson made...
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September 18, 2016

Ravens at Browns—two teams with a lot more to prove…

RAVENS AT BROWNS Sunday, September 18 | 1:00 pm ESTFirstEnergy Stadium CBS/WJZ-TV (Ch. 13) 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM They say it’s “just” the Cleveland Browns and a sure win for the Ravens—but NFL football doesn’t play into that script. The Browns have a lot of incentive to play well on Sunday behind their new head coach Hue Jackson who has deep ties to the Ravens organization...
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September 16, 2016

Ravens defense is poised for comeback year…

Cornerback Shareece Wright logged a team-high 11 tackles. And those aren’t the bad kind of tackles for a defensive back that indicate that a cornerback gave up a lot of receptions. Wright had three tackles for loss in the game, including two on the defense’s momentum-starting first drive. The Ravens are doing some solid tackling, coverage, pass pressure and communicating on...
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September 13, 2016

Ravens defense and QB appear to be back in 13-7 win over Bills…

A very good opening day process and result for the Ravens…. Joe Flacco is immobile but can still sling it off that knee brace…Mike Wallace showed up….and the defense? Well, it looked—decent! The Baltimore Ravens played defense in a fashion Rex Ryan could surely appreciate — even if the performance came at his team’s expense. Baltimore used a touchdown pass by Joe Flacco...
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September 11, 2016

Ravens may start an all-rookie left side of line against Bills…

BILLS VS. RAVENS Sunday, September 11 | 1:00 pm ESTM&T Bank Stadium CBS/WJZ-TV (Ch. 13) 98 Rock | WBAL-1090 AM   The Ravens are going into the season opener without one of their top pass rushers. Veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was officially ruled out of the matchup after a “minor setback” recovering from an offseason “foot-area” procedure. The Ravens also...
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September 10, 2016

Rex Ryan and the Bills want to steal the spotlight from Ravens in home opener…

Hey, before I get started on my rant, here’s a cool ticket giveaway for Ravens fans—Anyone who uses the hashtag #EXTRGameDay on Twitter or Facebook will be entered to win the tickets. Anyway, Joe Pinzone, my good friend from Buffalo Wins, sent me this questionnaire today regarding the upcoming home opener for the Ravens against the Bills, and here is how I responded: 1) How...
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September 07, 2016

Win Tickets to This Weekend’s Opening Game with Extreme Networks!

There is nothing quite like being in the stadium on Sunday to catch an NFL game.  Seeing the action live right in front of your eyes and experiencing the roar of the crowd is an experience second to none.  However, watching the game live does come at a cost (and I’m not talking about high ticket prices).  For those NFL fans who are deep into fantasy football and love the excitement...
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September 07, 2016
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