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Head coach Guy Boucher is on the hot seat
14-12-2017, 01:59 AM
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Head coach Guy Boucher is on the hot seat
It was just 263 days ago that the Ottawa Senators were playing for a chance to advance to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, coming up an overtime goal and victory short against the Pittsburgh Penguins from advancing to the NHL s final two.

For some reason, it seems like much longer than 263 days. Losing, and losing, and drama will age a team.


The Ottawa Senators have one win in their past 10 games 1 8 1 , a futile stretch that took a particularly ugly turn Tuesday night when Ottawa dropped a 3 2 loss against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. When Ottawa acquired all star forward Matt Duchene five weeks ago , the message was clear We re focused on the here and now. And the very early returns were good enough, two victories against the Colorado Avalanche team Ottawa pried Duchene away from in the NHL s Global Series in Sweden.

But since the pair of wins against a bad Avalanche team sans its best player, the Senators have gone 1 10 2, meaning they re 3 10 2 in the Duchene era. That type of losing breeds ugly rumors, the latest featuring Ottawa asking captain and all world Erik Karlsson to submit a list of 12 teams he would not accept a trade to . Head coach Guy Boucher is on the hot seat, and goaltender Craig Anderson, in his age 36 season, has seen his save percentage drop from .926 to .895 year to year.

It can t get any worse in Ottawa, can it?
In some ways, the Senators set themselves and their supporters up for disappointment this offseason. It was a very quiet summer in Ottawa Craig Anderson Jersey, with the Senators declaring the pieces that drove the bus to that 2017 Eastern Conference Final enough to replicate that success.

We all want to come back next season and prove that we’re a good team again, said forward Jean Gabriel Pageau after re signing with the team in July , one of the few moves Ottawa made. We’re not lucky, that we really deserve to be there, and we want to show it again.

And that was kind of the message from the Ottawa brass In spite of what many analysts said and what the numbers portended, the Senators were in fact as good as their finish indicated.

We proved a lot of people wrong last year, general manager Pierre Dorion said. Not many had us going into the playoffs.

And yet here we are, 263 days removed from that Game 7 defeat against the Penguins, and the idea of the Senators making the playoffs seems hard to envision, if not asinine.

In reality, those numbers caught up to Ottawa. The 22nd ranked team in score adjusted Corsi for and a club who had a negative five on five goal differential was in fact not the Eastern Conference finalist it was in practice. And not even a blockbuster, in season deal to acquire a player of Duchene s caliber has been a sufficient Band aid to throw over the issues that plague this team.

Fast forward to Dec. 13, 2017 https://www.ottsenatorsfans.com/nate-tho...-c-11.html, and the Senators, the 24th ranked team in the NHL by score adjusted Corsi, with worse possession numbers than last year, are getting the requisite win loss results. Though the bender they ve been on as late is especially bad — unsustainably so — shooting 4.83 percent at 5 on 5 over this 13 game, 1 10 2 stretch, the results are finally catching up to or slowing down for the process. The slide has seen Ottawa fall to 15th in the Eastern Conference, with only the Sabres dwelling deeper in the cellar than the Sens.

These are the stretches and trying times when emotions are run high, and the byproduct is what s happening with Karlsson. Two years from what would be free agency, Karlsson made a pretty harmless comment that when it s his time to get paid, he ll get what he s due. For a player who signed his last contract in 2012 under a drastically different cap climate, a seven year deal that wildly underpays him at 6.5 million annually, the expectation that he ll simply be paid what he s worth should have been a given.

Karlsson didn t saw he was going to bleed the Senators owners dry, or that he wanted to be the highest paid defenseman on the planet. He verbatim said, When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going.”

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enough to ruffle the feathers of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk as Sportsnet s Elliotte Friedman reported, perhaps it s fair to assume the water was already boiling given where the Senators are versus where they expected themselves to be. But man, getting into a staring contest with arguably the best player in the NHL seems like risky business. And while Karlsson shrugged the no trade list request off as a formality, RDS later reported that forward Derick Brassard was not asked to submit his no trade list.

One would assume cooler heads will prevail when it comes to Karlsson, and if the Senators decide to punt on this season, and recoup some future assets, they ll hold on to No. 65 for dear life.

Wheeling and dealing in a place of frustration and desperation is a good way to land a big ole franchise altering mistake. Trading Karlsson would constitute that, and if you re Ottawa, you have to hope that what you see right now is the worst of what you get That Andersson starts to make a few more saves https://www.ottsenatorsfans.com/zack-smi...-c-13.html, and that pucks start to bounce their way a bit more at 5 on 5, and that Karlsson has a short memory with respect to both this losing stretch and the however realistic idea of Ottawa trading him.
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