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Silver Nuggets: Kovalev backlash continues, Yzerman's eyes on Fisher?

Here's some Ottawa Senators stories to tide you over until tomorrow's game:

  • Headline of the year? "I'm sorry, but Kovalev stinks." The whole article is full of gems. My favourite? "Fans even talk about getting to the game early so as not to miss his stickhandling prowess during the warm-up. Maybe after he retires he can join the circus." (Your Nepean)
  • Nichols tries to break down "L'Enigma." Easier said than done. (6th Sens)
  • Jason Spezza practiced with the team today. Word is he's still not ready to play tomorrow. (Twitter)
  • Forward prospect Derek Grant was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Month for October. He had four goals and six assists, tying him for first in rookie scoring. (BCHL)
  • Bruce "Malkin to the Kings" Garrioch suggests that Mike Fisher is on the radar of Steve Yzerman and Team Canada after his great start as a possible 4th liner. Garrioch got this tip from "an NHL executive." I'm guessing that means GM Bryan Murray. (Slam)
  • Jesse Winchester finishes his two-week conditioning stint with Binghamton tonight. He's played great for Bingo, but the problem remains: where does he fit into the line-up, considering Ryan Shannon just had his best game, and the Donovan-Kelly-Ruutu line has been one of the team's best? (Citizen)
  • Don Campbell figures as many as four Senators prospects could be on Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He claims Jakob Silfverberg, André Petersson, and (obviously) Erik Karlsson are locks, while Robin Lehner will get a long look as well. (Citizen)
  • It's been said before, but now here's a whole article on it: the Senators are the worst team in the shootout since the lockout. (Metro