Can you skate? Know how to hold a hockey stick? The Ottawa Senators want YOU to play defence for them.
This is getting to be re-goddamn-diculous.
Forget about the clean, christian-like, penalty-free performance by the Bruins, complete with late
pesky goal nut punch by Dennis Seidenberg to seal the home team loss. A loss that snapped the Sens three-game winning streak and extended the Bruins winning streak on SBP ice, all the way back to the Dany Heatley era. Forget about all that.
Yet another defenceman was lost to injury in the process – assist-streak, record-breaking, Ginch Gonchar. After a nondescript shift in the back half of the third frame, Gonchar left the match with some unknown ailment. MacLean promises to reveal the mystery at some point today. If you’re counting at home, there are now FOUR gaping holes on the Sens back-end (and how!) – Karlsson, Cowen, Methot, and Gonchar. The remaining healthy guys – Wiercioch, Benoit, Phillips, Gryba, and Lundin (who stepped in from concussion-land just yesterday). It doesn’t get much uglier than that (no disrespect to the “chosen ones” who have evaded the icy floors of the infirmary and done an admirable job under the circumstances).
Bryan Murray has to be wracking his brain for short-term solutions. Call up Brett Lebda from Bingo – he has NHL experience. Outside help – trade, waivers? A guy like Dan Boyle, who’s name has been tossed around, could be a thing. Ottawa fellow, pretty great at defence, expensive, but..?
Classified advertisement, baby.
Can you point at people (forwards), indicating where you want them to go? Can you prevent people from standing in front of other people? Would you describe your personality as “shutdown charm” or “offensive wit”? Are you able to take a hit to make a play? Can you…