This seems to be the case recently, but I stumbled onto a really interesting conversation on Twitter this morning. There's lots of talk about topics that have become commonplace for Sens fans the past few years: budget, asset management, and personnel usage. I'm not going to get into this really packed discussion today, but as the title of this post suggests, the conversation got me wondering what you, the fanbase, would be happy with the season.
We all want the Ottawa Senators to win the Stanley Cup - no question - but what I'm really interested in is what you'd be "happy" or satisfied with as a result of this season. Would you be happier with a top-5 pick or a top-10 pick? Or would you rather see this team try night-in night-out to make the playoffs but fall short? Does this team have to make the playoffs for you to be satisfied with 2014-15? Or are you more interested in the development of the young players on the roster?
I'm going to have some of these as poll options, and also include 'other' for options that I didn't suggest above. I'd love to hear your rationale for why you selected an option, and I'll play with some of these thoughts in Friday's Nuggets.
- The Senators played two games since our last nuggets and obtained points in both of them! First, their win (and Dave Cameron's first as a head coach) against the Bruins. [Silver Seven, Rank the Performances, SensChirp, SenShot, 6th Sens]
- Now here's your recaps from last night's shootout loss to the Sabres. [Silver Seven, Rank the Performances, Ottawa Citizen, SensChirp]
- The Senators also play two more games this week. Check out your week ahead from B_T, and the weekly preview from the folks over at Bonk's Mullet. [Silver Seven - Week Ahead, Bonk's Mullet]
- May we see Pageaaaaaau Pageau Pageau Pageauuuuuu this week? In case you're wondering why the young centre is up, it's because Zack Smith has been put in the IR with a (gruesome sounding) wrist dislocation [Silver Seven, 6th Sens, SenShot, SensChirp, Ottawa Citizen]
- Two other injury updates: Marc Methot is back on the IR, and Chris Neil is week-to-week with a knee injury. Honestly think that Methot should get corrective surgery soon and hopefully end the year strong, but I'm sure he's thinking of playing until the offseason as he is entering free agency for the first time. [Ottawa Citizen - Neil, Ottawa Citizen - Methot]
- Lots of stuff on Chris Phillips being a healthy scratch for the first time in 15 years. [6th Sens, Ottawa Citizen]
- Nichols has coverage of the relevant Sens-thoughts that were included in Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts column. Worth a read! [6th Sens]
- Mrs. O also has a terrific and pertinent weekly question on the challenges that Dave Cameron may face as a head coach. [Silver Seven - Weekly Question]
- Last week there was a bunch of news on the Sens possibly pursuing a downtown arena location. Nichols transcribed Eugene Melnyk's media availability after his awesome annual Skate for Kids charity event. [6th Sens]
- Wonder what happened to Nick Foligno? Well he's having a fantastic year in Columbus and is due for a big raise [SenShot]
- NKB has your Ups and Downs for Week 10. Hopefully there's some more positives after this week's set of games. [Silver Seven - Ups and Downs]
- Ian with your weekly prospect update! Binghamton also plays a bunch this week so it'll be interesting to see who gets increased minutes with their #1 centre in Ottawa. [Silver Seven]
- Jeff also has recaps of the BSens games this week. [SenShot - vs. Lehigh Valley, SenShot - vs. Hershey]
- A really good article on athletic development and how focusing on skill at a young age is a very good thing. [USA Hockey]
- A fantastic mountain biking video I came across that's beautifully filmed and incredibly risky. [TSN]
- In back-to-back games, teams should maximize rivalry points when choosing their goaltender. [Sportsnet]
- The KHL is in financial turmoil, and some players aren't being paid. [The Score]