Now that the Senators official Twitter account has informed me that the Senators beat writers are back at work, it might be a good time to take a magical tour through the Internet to see what the masses are working on these days. Without further ado…
It’s unfortunate to hear that Shean Donovan’s plans of playing hockey this year have hit a road block. According to Bruce Garrioch, Donovan reportedly accepted a deal to play in Finland, but was told that the contract has been put on hold. Here’s hoping that Donovan lands on his feet somewhere. I’d hate to a classy, team-oriented player like Chummy retire under these circumstances.
Here’s a small bit of jersey related news that was reported today by the Ottawa Citizen’s Allen Panzeri (via Twitter). Panzeri, who was at a Senators scrimmage today in Kanata, revealed that Zach Smith has elected to be the first player since Dany Heatley to wear 15. It might take some time getting accustomed to seeing that number working hard in the defensive zone. Panzeri also confirmed Sens Chirp’s claim last week that Peter Regin has switched his number from 43 to 13. And provided that Jared Cowen actually breaks camp with the big club, he’ll likely be wearing the number 2.
In yet another bit of Senators-related news that comes from the land of Twitter, CBC Ottawa video journalist, Dan Seguin Tweeted that he was hearing that Doc Chow is showing progress. Hand movement, eye blinking. Things that have his doctors cautiously optomistic. Hopefully this isn’t another erroneous media report but it’s great news for the Senators family if true.
On the right hand side of this page, you may have noticed a new poll concerning Alexei Kovalev. We’ve heard how Murray feels about Kovalev in a complimentary role and we’ve heard how the media thinks of Kovalev, but I’d like for you readers to weigh your thoughts. Is or was Alexei Kovalev ever a star hockey player?
Over at the Senators’ website, there’s an article discussing the hard work that gets put in by the players at the gym. If you’re into fitness and learning about the preparation that players do before the season, it’s a good read. If not, I recommend checking it out anyways. The article features Chris Neil working out the kinks of the Chris Neil Penalty Face.
At Silver Seven, their correspondents are participating in a mock NHL expansion draft that sees two new teams — Winnipeg and Quebec — enter the league. As part of the process, the guys were required to create a protection list for the Senators organization and decide which players they would make available for the expansion franchises to select. Today, they revealed their protected forward list that oddly enough, didn’t include Chris Kelly. Personally, I would have kept the player with Mensa hockey IQ over Jarkko Ruutu. An easily replaceable player who they’re likely to let walk away via free agency after this season anyways.
It’s not Senators-related but the Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have signed Carey Price to a 2-year deal worth $5.5 million in value. You can buy a lot of cigarettes with that money.