Sens Practice Jan 23

Big news off the ice today as Eugene Melynk finally spoke about the team’s current situation with the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.  In the story, Melynk says that he is not going to make any coaching or management changes before the end of the season and rather, run the season out.  He also mentions that he has “a plan” but will reveal the details at a later date. 

Here’s the link to the article.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2011/01/22/16997466.html

Here’s Cory Clouston’s reaction, as well as Chris Phillips & Daniel Alfredsson.

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Later on in the day, the Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor wrote on the Sens rebuild and included more details on Melynk’s “plan.” Apparently, once the season is over, Bryan Murray will move to a senior advisory role while Cory Clouston will be let go.  The team is looking to “sell-off” players assests, most notably Alex Kovalev & Sergei Gonchar but not excluding Daniel Alfredsson & Chris Phillips. 

Here’s the link to the article.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/sens-move-into-rebuilding-mode/article1880105/

Also, here’s Alfredsson’s response when asked what they have to play for during the remainder of the season.

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On the ice, only Daniel Alfredsson & Jarkko Ruutu were absent from practice.  Alfredsson was a maintenance day, while Ruutu will be out a week with a lower body injury.  Chris Neil seemed to be fine after suffering  a high-stick to the eye on Friday night, while Matt Carkner has recovered from a lower body injury.  A callup will be announced on Monday to take Ruutu’s spot in the lineup.

Pascal Leclaire was also on the ice before practice this morning, doing light exercises with the coaches.  There is still no timetable for his return, which is unfortunate as goaltending is a major issue with this club.  Brian Elliott & Mike Brodeur are struggling to regain their form, while Robin Lehner isn’t quite ready for the spotlight of the NHL.  Here’s Cory Clouston on the state of the team’s goaltending.

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Finally, here’s who Daniel Alfredsson is hoping will meet in the Superbowl this year.

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