It’s been said that the best way to defend is to have the puck on your stick. If that’s the case, you may be able to start engraving Erik Karlsson’s name on the Norris Trophy once again.
Karlsson, 24, is in just his sixth season in the NHL and may be on his way to his second nod as the league’s best defenseman. Some have called his defensive play a detriment, but it’s often masked by his incredible offensive game. If Sunday’s game between Karlsson’s Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks is any indication, there’s almost no stopping Karlsson. Read more
Vancouver Canucks right winger Radim Vrbata had just one goal in his past six games – after scoring 10 in the previous 19 games – heading into Sunday’s showdown against the host Ottawa Senators. But the veteran sniper showed that patience, both from game-to-game and minute-to-minute on the ice, is a virtue that eventually gets rewarded.
Vrbata, who’d found the back of the net only once since Nov. 23, took a nice pass from teammate Ryan Stanton at center ice and broke in on Sens goalie Craig Anderson with just one Ottawa defenseman between them. The 33-year-old former Coyotes mainstay could’ve passed to another Canuck, but he found that holding onto the puck, getting Anderson to bite on an attempted poke check, and deftly twisting around him and scoring the first goal of the game was a better plan: Read more
Senators fans and Daniel Alfredsson himself have been preparing themselves for Thursday’s retirement ceremony for the longtime Ottawa captain for weeks, if not longer in their minds as they could see the end was drawing near for him. But the affable star winger, retiring as he’s about to turn 42 years old next week, still found himself in tears when the moment finally arrived. And the veteran had to stay focused to make it through his pre-game goodbye speech without breaking down and revealing the depth of his affection and gratefulness for the support he’d been given in his time in Canada’s capital city.
After taking part in an early-day press conference in which he signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the team, Alfredsson stepped onto the ice in an Ottawa uniform and took part in the pre-game skate with his former Sens teammates before they took on the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre. Alfredsson, who turns 42 next Thursday, was given the spotlight for a 10-minute ceremony that was as dignified as the classy Swede was during his 18-year NHL career. Here’s the full ceremony: Read more
Whether he makes it into the Hockey Hall of Fame or not, Daniel Alfredsson will always be remembered as the face of the Ottawa Senators.
He quickly became one of the league’s stars and, nearly two decades later as he prepares to hang up his skates for a final time, Alfredsson has made countless highlight reels and been the centerpiece of many of Ottawa’s greatest moments. Here are the top ten Alfredsson moments from what was an outstanding career: Read more
After finishing October with a 5-2-2 record, the Ottawa Senators find themselves struggling to remain in playoff contention. They enter their Dec. 4 matchup against the New York Islanders with only five wins in their last 15 games. The Senators are among the NHL’s worst defensive teams and among the bottom third in scoring. However, of the Senators losses since Nov. 1, all but one was by one or two goals. They can thank their goalie tandem of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner for giving them a chance to win in those games. Read more
David Poile is asked what he remembers most about working with Bryan Murray and before answering, he looks off in the distance and grins.
Before long the grin is a full-blown smile. Poile was the general manager of the Washington Capitals when Murray coached the team.
“The thing I remember most is the almost sarcastic sense of humor he had with players,” Poile said. “It is a little bit taboo, but he was a coach who would often yell at players from the other team. That drove so many guys berserk. Other managers would come up to me and say, ‘Your coach can’t do that.’ It was almost like he was breaking the code, but he was never hesitant to do it.” Read more
When Bryan Murray came forward with his cancer diagnosis, he had one singular message: do not be afraid to get checked. Your health is worth it.
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation released a video this past week of several Ottawa youth hockey players taking part in a skate and talking about their experiences with the disease. The touching video has the kids telling Murray to keep fighting while others talk about how he has already made a positive impact in cancer awareness: Read more
According to a TSN report, longtime Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who spent last season with the Red Wings after 17 seasons in Ottawa, is expected to officially announce his retirement from the NHL Dec. 4 in the city in which he spent the grand majority of his professional hockey life. And by hanging up his skates in Ottawa, the the 41-year-old is showing his heart never really left the city despite that year in Detroit.
Alfredsson, who leaves the game with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL games with the Senators and Wings, had been skating in the hope of playing again, but a nagging back injury prevented him from following through. And despite leaving Ottawa in the summer of 2013 after a contract dispute with the team, Alfredsson’s bond with the area remains. It’s easy to see why: Read more