Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Senators Gameday

Nick Foligno is back with the big team and you can be sure he appreciates the chance he was given earlier in the season a little more now, as Ken Warren notes.

"Well, the bus is definitely different .... I was spoiled when I was up here before."

Look for Foligno to be a little better during this stint. He'll be thinking of those long bus rides and hustling his butt off for GM Bryan Murray and coach John Paddock.

Mike Fisher is starting to receive a little criticism for his play and hasn't scored a goal in 10 games, as Chris Stevenson points out.

There's also a few other players who need to react strongly for the Sens to break out of their first slump of the season. Antoine Vermette has gone cold and Randy Robitaille has almost completely disappeared. Unfortunately, Robitaille is starting to live up to his reputation as a player who tiptoes through the tulips when the games get physical. He is now competing against Nick Foligno for a roster spot when the team gets healthy again.

Perhaps Murray might want to replace Robitaille with the likes of a Mark Recchi, who seems to be on his way out of Pittsburgh after being a scratch 4 of the last 5 games. He'd be a better fit than Robitaille and would add some much needed experience to the top lines.

Around the League:

Toronto loses a tough game against the Habs after Jason Blake claimed before the puck dropped that the contest would "define us as a team." Blake must be cursing the day he left the confines of the Island for the circus in Canada.

The New York Rangers still can't score goals and it's almost December. Scott Gomez is getting some of the blame.


One of the more interesting sights last night was Darren McCarty at the Red Wings-Flames tilt in Detroit. According to Rob Parker of the Detroit News, McCarty wants to make a comeback and he'd love to do it with the Wings after surviving bankruptcy, a divorce, and a goalless season in Calgary.

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