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Sens Underground Forums > The "Off-Season"

"He might go to Russia if not... :("

I doubt he's been hit in the head THAT many times.
They'll get him done and he'll be kicking ass in Bingo.

"Hey, how would you like to play with Erik Karlsson?" card to entice a free agent to sign is an edge that no other teams have.

Do you think that'll be enough for the Sens to attract a Ryan Suter?

June 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterSens Dawg

"Do you think that'll be enough for the Sens to attract a Ryan Suter?"

Nope, he's practically a lock for Detroit. But there's a Garrison, Schultz... it might just make that little difference.

June 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

Nice to hear that Sens management and Karlssons management seem to agree on term, just the number (which Tim Murray's confident will be close). Link.

I'd say 4 years at 5,5 to 6 each...

June 8, 2012 at 3:08 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

Chris Kelly signs a 4 year $12M deal with Boston.

So much for Russell to top off the bank.

June 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM | Registered CommenterHomer

dammit....

June 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM | Registered CommenterResigned Russell

Haven't seen much of Chris last season, but I think it's not a bad deal for both parties.

I'm happy for us as Sens fans though. This stupid speculation can finally stop. I haven't read the Sun in a while; what are Garrioch and Brennan saying? That they were wrong or that they told you so? Dumbasses, thinking they can pull a 'Steve Jobs'....

June 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

In the 'Off Season' one could watch some soccer. So I did as a good countryman and watched Holland-Germany. I really used to like the sport but after 5 mins or so I knew again why I love hockey. What a bunch of pussies and divers. Soccer is a non contact sport but bodies will touch. Therefore the borders are very vague. Problem is the diving works. Two bodies brush against each other. The defender falls down, while the forward rushes on. The defender screams in 'pain' and rolls on the pitch. The ref's attention is gained and he blows the whistle. No penalties or anything, but the play is blown dead and a chance for the attacking team is gone. After the whistle, the 'injured' player slowly gets up and when the ref no longer watches, jumps around. Blegh. This only get's worse once a team has a comfortable lead. Since the clock isn't stopped in soccer, and there's no StooLi moves at that level, the leading team tries to slow down the game with as much stoppages in play as possible. Unwatchable.

It's hard to imagine soccer being a full contact sport though. But once you're used to watch a game that allows men to battle it out a little bit more physically, soccer seems for pussies. Witch shouldn't be the case if not for all the theatrics. It used to be just the Mediterranean countries with their theatrics and emotions. Now this sh#t has even got on in the 'down to earth' countries like Germany and The Netherlands.

There still are somethings that both sports could learn from each other. Hockey could definately use an extra official off ice and soccer could do with an extra ref on the pitch and some form of video replay. Also the idea of a penalty box where the ref can decide how severe a punishment should be. Soccer now has two ways: yellow card (I'm warning you), red card (ejection). Ejection is quite heavy, sometimes a 5 minute 11 on 10 would do. I know this is never gonna happen. Then there's the clock, once a game is stopped, stop the clock also. That would end all this stretching and delaying of the game. While the reffing in soccer also sucks sometimes, it's a lot more consistent than I know from hockey, that would be a nice change.

The Germans won by the way. Some said it was because our defense. One tweet: 'The last time we defended this bad, we lost the country for 5 years!'. Another one: 'And to think the socialists want to cut down another 1,5 bln on defense!'

June 14, 2012 at 3:55 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

Good article on SilverSevenSens about steps to take in the off season. How much Sense does it make to trade away Michalek in a deal to get another top6 forward or top4 D? Good comments too. Recommended (wait, didn't I already imply that by calling it a good article...?).

June 15, 2012 at 8:52 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

I bet you that if the Sens somehow decide to sign Kubina, we're gonna hear him called Kuba on CBC! #BobCole

June 18, 2012 at 4:09 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

Sens rookie / development camp runs June 26th - July 2nd at the Bell Sensplex, with free admission for the public. The roster (courtesy of the Ottawa Sun) includes where they played last season and I've included what round and year they were picked:

Goalies

Francois Brassard (Quebec, QMJHL, 6th-2012))
Chris Driedger (Calgary, WHL, 3rd-2012)
Robin Lehner (Binghamton, AHL, 2nd-2009)

Defencemen

Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha, NCAA, undrafted)
Ben Blood (North Dakota, NCAA; Binghamton, AHL, 4th-2007))
Mark Borowiecki (Binghamton, AHL, 5th-2008)
Timothy Boyle (Nobles and Greenough, high school, 4th-2012 )
Fredrik Claesson (Djurgardens, Sweden elite league, 5th-2011)
Cody Ceci (Ottawa, OHL, 1st-2012)
Jordan Fransoo (Brandon, WHL, 7th-2011)
Daniel New (Providence College, NCAA; Springfield, AHL, undrafted)
Michael Sdao (Princeton, AHL, 7th-2009)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire, NCAA, undrafted)
Chris Wideman (Miami, Ohio, NCAA, undrafted)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora IK (Swedish junior, 7th-2012)

Forwards

Robert Baillargeon (Indiana, USHL, 5th-2012)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame, NCAA, undrafted)
Corey Cowick (Elmira, ECHL; Binghamton, AHL, 6th-2009)
Jakub Culek (Rimouski, QMJHL, 3rd-2010)
Cameron Darcy (U.S. under-18, USHL, undrafted)
Ryan Dzingel (Ohio State, NCAA, undrafted)
David Dziurzynski (Binghamton, AHL, undrafted)
Wacey Hamilton (Elmira, ECHL; Binghamton, AHL, undrafted)
Mike Hoffman (Binghamton, AHL, 5th-2009)
Darren Kramer (Spokane, WHL, 6th-2011)
Jarrod Maidens (Owen Sound, OHL, 3rd-2012)
Max McCormick (Ohio State, NCAA, undrafted)
Stefan Noesen (Plymouth, OHL, 1st-2011)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Gatineau, QMJHL; Chicoutimi, QMJHL, 4th-2011)
Brad Peltz (Yale, NCAA, undrafted)
Shane Prince (Ottawa, OHL, 2nd-2011)
Matt Puempel (Peterborough, OHL; Binghamton, AHL, 1st-2011)
Cole Schneider (Connecticut, NCAA; Binghamton, AHL, undrafted)
Mark Stone (Brandon, WHL, 6th-2010)
Mika Zibanejad (Djurgardens, Swedish elite league; Ottawa, NHL, 1st-2011)

June 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM | Registered CommenterKardinal

"Nobles and Greenough"

i'm sorry, but i just find that really funny when i hear it.

June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM | Registered CommenterResigned Russell

Sens talking with Carkner and Winchester camps, but not Konopka

Two out of three, but I would guess that Konopka won't be at the top of many team's lists so perhaps they are waiting until the first few days of free agent frenzy die down to see where things stand. I think the article states it well, in that he was a fighter (or, more accurately, a hug-and-tugger) during the regular season but became a PP and faceoff specialist during the playoffs. If he were to play like that all year it would increase his value significantly.

June 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM | Registered CommenterKardinal

Konopka can come back as long as it is made crystal clear that his sister is never to sign the anthem again...

June 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM | Registered CommenterPortera

Posted by @67sHockeyMom (that'd be Cody Ceci's mother): Cody has ALWAYS been a Sens fan as you can see by this pic of him with Alfie.

Pic of Cody, his sister, and Alfie......when the two kids were under 10 years old.

Also, talk in media that Carkner was offered a 1 year deal but didn't accept it -- no confirmation of this though.

June 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM | Registered CommenterKardinal

Shane O'Brien re-signed with the Av's - 3 year, 6M.
I was hoping Murray could steal him away from the Av's. O'Brien is a bruiser on the backline and would have been a good addition to the Sens.

June 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM | Registered CommenterSens Dawg

I've been a bit out of the loop, but apparently Carkner turned down a 1 year contract offer and I haven't heard anything since then. Now, with a UFA season that's pretty thin on talent and Wideman getting 5yr/$26.25M contract (Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.), I'm getting a bit concerned as to what our blueline could look like next year.

Karlsson / ?
Gonchar / Cowan (worked well last season)
Phillips / ?

Borowiecki can quite possibly fill one of those spots, and the other *might* be Gryba or Wiercioch, but after that we're a bit thin down on the farm. With Kuba walking and Gilroy getting the boot, and Gonchar gone after this season, there's a need for at least one other veteran. I'm not seeing a UFA that'll not get wildly overpaid like Commodore did and I don't want the Sens in a bidding war for overpaying a player. Bryan, buddy, SIGN CARKS. PLEASE. He's serviceable, he's got the deterrent factor this team needs to have in the arsenal, and we know he's popular with the rest of the team.

June 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM | Registered CommenterKardinal

i think there are big concerns about Carks' knee and both side know it. the sens want to go short term because of it and Carks wants security because he may not last the season. just my suspicions.

June 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM | Registered CommenterResigned Russell

Time for:

Cowen - Karlsson
Gonch - Wiercioch
Phillips - Boro / Gryba

What better time than now to start playing the young guys, especially Cowen and Karlsson together?

BUT, I doubt it'll happen. Murray will sign a vet D. I just hope it's not Kuba.

June 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM | Registered CommenterSens Dawg

Well you were right in the end... seems more like time for:

Methot - Karlsson
Gonchar - Cowen
Phillips - Boro / Lundin

I don't know how to feel about this yet. Since I don't think we're making the PlayOffs this year (because there's no merit in finishing 8th) I would have loved to have a young guy like Schultz added to the blue line. Not having Carks back sucks a little, but you can't blame the guy for taking the deal from the Islanders. All I hope for is the new guys fitting well in the group and being good in the dressing room. A little chemistry wouldn't hurt either because that's something even a good coach can't fix. But what do I know, I trust Murray more than myself with hockey business. Can't wait to see them in action!

July 2, 2012 at 5:01 AM | Registered Commenterdisappointed labru

Just for a good ole flashback to one of the things that got us through the tough years of bening a Sens fan, found this little kitten-oriented link that can be used to "kitten" up any website you like ... kind of made me think of an old video link that got us through some tough times ...

... now, we just need to figure out a ... (ahem) "ta-ta" content provider to 'flesh' out any website you want and we'll be set for any type of season our Sens throw at us ...

July 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM | Registered CommenterPuddleduck

i don't think there are any sites on the interweb that provide ta-tas content. its really lacking.

July 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Registered CommenterResigned Russell

Report from the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan (via Twitter) that the Senators and Chris Neil have a verbal agreement for a 3 year contract extension worth $5.75M, which is expected to be signed by the end of the week. This will make Neil a Senator until he is 37.

July 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM | Registered CommenterKardinal

Well, at least he has a track record of staying healthy...Except when trade talks heated up in 2011 and he skated into the boards by himself and broke his own ribs....

He'd take a discount to stay..That's a good price. If Alfie retires I'd have to think Neil could wear any A.

July 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Registered CommenterPesky Jones

Swear to God it seems he just signed that other 3 year contract doesn't it??? I remember the boys on the podcast hating that signing or at least one or two did or just one did..... I can't remember exactly. I like this signing though they have the money.

July 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM | Registered Commentertjlincoln

Good for Chris. He deserves it. For many years he has been more important to this team than people give him credit for. Other teams do not like to play against him. And yes I do remember a few forum members who were all for dumping him when he signed his last contract. Can you imagine that. Someone on the site being WRONG.

July 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Registered CommenterSunburned Senior