Welcome back to the WIML series! I hope you are having as much fun as I am, and I apologize for no weekend content. Fear not, we are back in full force today! On Friday we looked at the potential number of games played for two Senator forwards, Guillaume Latendresse and Mika Zibanejad. The vote started out as the tightest one yet, separated by only a couple votes, but in the end, Zibanejad was deemed more likely to play 20 games than Latendresse was to play 60. User Manny T.t.T put it best:
Now there is someone who understands the series! I try to make the questions as close as possible so that it isn't clear cut, and hopefully I am successful today.
Which is more likely? That Marc Methot leads the team in short-handed ice time OR that Milan Michalek leads the team in goals?
Methot: Though he suffered through an injury-riddled campaign last year, Methot averaged more than 2 minutes per game on the ice short-handed. The season before? 3 minutes per night, leading the Blue Jackets. Last year, the Senators were led in this department by Filip Kuba, but he is no longer here. Can Methot become the new PK leader for the Sens?
Michalek: Last season, despite playing three less games, Milan was able to score one more goal than his centre Jason Spezza. The 35 goals were a career high, as Milan had never even broken the 30 goal threshold before. On a team that will need his goals again, will Milan once more lead the team?
Both have proven their capabilities in the past, but which is MORE likely to do it this year?
Links after the jump!
- Yost takes a look at Guillaume Latendresse, and where we may expect to find him in the lineup. In my opinion? Right in Nick Foligno's spot on the second line, and right in front of the net as Turris and Alfie work their magic. [HB]
- Nichols with a story about how ESPN gave the Senators an average grade, and a 14th overall ranking for their prospect system. With the loss of David Rundblad and the graduation of Colin Greening, Bobby Butler and most of all Jared Cowen, I expect to not be rated top 3, but 14th? [6thSens]
- Kaspars Daugavins has avoided arbitration and has got himself a shiny new one-way contract worth about 635k, similar to his linemate for the season, Jim O'Brien. Looks like that is one less spot open for a prospect. [SensExtra] and our story is here [SSS]
- Good guy and hockey analyst Dan Carcillo has some insights as to why the Philadelphia Flyers lost the Stanley Cup final to the Chicago Blackhawks. Interestingly, he didn't say it was because the Blackhawks of 2009-2010 were the best team we've seen in the salary cap era, which makes him wrong. [PuckDaddy]
- While still waiting for word on the Coyotes future, Shane Doan is making the rounds, visiting both the Flyers and the Rangers. The rich getting richer. [NHL]
- Ken Holland is a guy who never gets criticized because many think he is the best GM in the league. He has helped ice a consistent contender for years. But after losing Nicklas Lidstrom this offseason, and not making a splash with all of his cap space, he's starting to take some heat. [PuckDaddy]
- Feel-good story of the day in the Nuggets, Marian Hossa has begun training again after the gutless Raffi Torres hit he received in the playoffs. Hope to see him back soon, I love that guy. [CBC]