As was rumoured, Bryan Murray sent Martin Gerber down to Bingo Thursday on a "conditioning stint" which means that Gerbs doesn't have to go on waivers for two weeks.
Barring an injury during that time, Gerber has likely played his last game as a Senator.
And what a wild 3 years it was with the Swiss netminder.
During one lengthy stretch last season, Gerber was the most popular player on the Ottawa Senators.
The fans were in such a self-righteous uproar over Ray Emery that they started getting behind Gerber in a way that only Daniel Alfredsson has enjoyed in the past.
The thinking was if Emery was so bad and unprofessional, then Gerber must be the exact opposite.
Then the baloney started.
For the past two years, all we have heard is how great a guy Gerber is. How professional he is. He might not be able to stop a puck but boy, is he a "great person" (let's forget about the fact that he demanded a trade before last year and wore a black mask with no Sens logo because of that).
And they're right of course. Gerber is a good guy. A real professional.
But so is everyone else on the Senators.
Why did Gerber get accolades for just being a normal NHL player doing the same routine that everyone else did? He showed up to practices and worked hard. So did the majority of players on the Senators. And the majority of players in the NHL.
Why was Gerber so much more "professional" than the others? Because Emery was immature? What does that have to do with Gerber?
His status as the exalted professional actually masked his horrific goaltending for the better part of two seasons until the fans finally abandoned him early this year when not even the most well-crafted Ottawa Citizen propaganda could prop up Gerbs any longer.
I'm not trying to dance on his grave but let's get real.
Working hard in practice and not complaining to the media is not a Martin Gerber invention. That code is practiced by 99 percent of NHL players. He should be judged on his goaltending and that verdict is not a positive one.
The team is better without him on the roster and that's that. I'm not going to get teary eyed because the great professional lost his job.
Judging by the reader comments from my previous post, people are getting way too bent out of shape by Pierre McGuire's minor criticisms of Brian Elliott.
All McGuire said is that Elliott needs some work on his rebound control, something that is completely normal for an NHL rookie. He wasn't saying that Elliott had a fatal flaw. All young goalies have to work at their craft and Elliott will be no exception.
People may not like McGuire's hyper personality but you cannot question his hockey credentials. You'd be hard pressed to find any other member of the hockey media who is as knowledgeable and sought after for his opinions.
When McGuire says something, it's worth taking seriously.
Elliott will be fine. There's no sense in getting all riled up because of a false assumption that Elliott is going to start his career as a perfect goalie. McGuire just told it like it is.
Not surprisingly, Bryan Murray is already musing about World Junior standout Erik Karlsson being on the Senators roster next season.
"He's better than a longshot," Murray said. "He's not big enough to push around NHL players and defend properly, but he's so good with the puck that he can help the team."
At least that quote shows that Murray is serious about finding a puck mover for his blueline.
A good balance for next season would be the typical three and three - 3 puck movers and 3 physical stay at home types.
Ottawa already has 3 of the latter in Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov and Jason Smith who should all be retained going forward.
Brian Lee is taking good steps towards solidifying his presence on this roster for next year but that still leaves two openings for an offensive type.
Filip Kuba is as good as gone, either at the trade deadline or as an unrestricted free agent this summer. I still don't know what to think of Alexandre Picard. He's been marginally better as of late but he doesn't really leave you thinking that he has great potential for the future. I'd love to be wrong.
So in my mind, there's still two big holes to fill on that blueline. Can Karlsson be the guy to fill one of them?
That's why they pay Murray the big bucks. To see into the future.
Too bad he was wearing shades this past summer.