One thing that I thought about a lot during last year's disappointing season, but also last night watching Marian Hossa, is "what if?"
All NHL teams have moments that have completely altered their franchise for better or worse. The Senators have a couple: What if Jeff Friesen didn't score that Game 7 goal and the Senators went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002-03? What if John Muckler was able to trade for Gary Roberts at the deadline? What if the Senators selected Anze Kopitar or Marc Staal? What if they didn't trade Hossa for Heatley? What if they chose Chara over Redden? What if the Senators traded their 1st overall expansion pick for the Nordiques rumoured package? What if they kept Heatley, and thus the Pizza line together, and fired Cory Clouston?
There's a lot of potential questions here, so I thought that I'd get all of you to answer this in the comments: "If you could go back in time and change one moment in Senators history, which one would you change and how?
- The Senators lost to the Blackhawks in the shootout yesterday in an extremely exciting game. The game was pretty even at the end, with a ton of momentum swings that can be seen nicely here. Here are your recaps! [Silver Seven, Rank the Performances, Ottawa Citizen, SenShot, WTYKY, SensChirp, 6th Sens]
- The BSens also played one of the best AHL teams, the Utica Comets (VAN), and lost 3-2. Jeff has a recap! The two teams meet again tonight [SenShot]
- Marian Hossa was my first favourite hockey player ever and I was devastated when he was traded. Pretty poetic that he reaches 1000 points (80th player in NHL history to do so) against his first NHL club. [Ottawa Citizen]
- It's Halloween! To celebrate, our friend Capital Gains dresses up the Senators in different costumes in this hilarious piece. Which is your favourite? [Bonk's Mullet]
- One of the major storylines going into last night's game was the lack of offense from Mika Zibanejad. Mikachu responded with a goal, five shots, and helped his line end up with positive possession numbers against a great team. Nichols has a column on Zibanejad and whether we should worry about his play at this point. [6th Sens]
- Amelia has a fantastic piece that discusses issues surrounding the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour [Silver Seven]
- Manny with some great analysis on how we can apply things like zone entries, zone time, and shot attempts for/against to better quantify defensive play. [Senstats]
- Varada hypothesizes on which defensemen Ottawa can target through trade. [WTYKY]
- Ken Warren on the Senators coming up in the clutch so far this season. How long will this last? [Ottawa Citizen]
- Sheer_Craziness has five thoughts on a busy week for the Senators. [Silver Seven - Five Thoughts]
- You've probably noticed that Anderson and Lehner are playing every other game. Here, Wayne Scanlan makes a comparison to the Lalime - Tugnutt days. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Wishing congratulations to Robin + Donya Lehner on the birth of their son, Lennox! In case you were wondering, that's why Andrew Hammond was listed as the backup goaltender yesterday. [Ottawa Citizen]
- George and Matty continue the "It could be worse" posts over at RBM, this time tackling the Detroit Red Wings. [Bonk's Mullet]
- Your weekly update on the Ottawa-area junior teams from Sareon. [Silver Seven]
- An invitee to the Senators training camp who won an AHL job with Binghamton, Brad Mills, was suspended for 20 games for violating the AHL's drug policy. Yuck. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Some members of the hockey community are teaming up to fight domestic violence, which I think is fantastic. Want to help out or read more? [Humming Giraffe]
- A great article on Bill James, the father of baseball's analytics movement. [NBC]
- A hilarious interview with Alexander Ovechkin. [Washington Post]
- Jen with a strong take on how lineups should be constructed. [The Committed Indian]