The last edition of this was so successful that I decided to do a similar exercise for today's Nuggets, just with a different, but very pertinent issue.
Here's the question: If you could only have either competent management (hockey operations staff), coaching staff, or ownership, which would you pick? The key here for our thought exercise is that the two areas that you don't choose would be inept. The NHL team would be bad at trading/drafting/signing talent, use their personnel ineffectively or have bad systems, or always be a cap floor team.
For the Senators
- competent management despite an inept coaching staff and ownership would mean that despite usage and budget, Bryan Murray and co. are drafting useful players and are valuing the right skills. Trading for Kyle Turris, signing Clarke MacArthur, drafting Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone are all things that come out of a competent hockey operations department.
- competent coaching staff would mean utilizing your talent in the right roles. Not giving Erik Karlsson PK minutes, playing Kyle Turris the most of the Senators centremen, playing the skilled players like Hoffman, Stone, and Zibanejad more than your veterans if they've been trending in the right direction.
- competent ownership would mean having the ability to re-sign players that you've drafted or to sign marquee free agents to put your team over the time; being able to take on bad contracts to get a tangible asset in return (full use of asset management); take off the pressure from your management and coaching staff so that you can build a team properly for long-term contention rather than needing short term results
- The Senators dominated the Hurricanes, but lost on Sunday. No way they can keep up a pace of 40+ scoring chances a game, but Erik Karlsson could've had multiple hat-tricks!!! [Silver Seven, Rank the Performances, Ottawa Citizen, WTYKY, SensChirp, SenShot]
- Chris Neil is returning tonight against the Rangers. Mark Borowiecki will still be out until the all-star break. [Ottawa Citizen]
- A lot of the following pieces will come as reaction to a Bryan Murray interview yesterday. Here's the audio, the Citizen piece that recaps the entire segment, and Nichols transcript + thoughts. [TSN1200, Ottawa Citizen, 6th Sens]
- After Bryan Murray hinted that he'd be open to a "Bobby Ryan" type trade, Richard wrote a pertinent fanpost on a potential target: Ryan O'Reilly. [Silver Seven Fanpost]
- Bryan Murray also touched on how he's giving Colin Greening's agent a green light to seek a trade after the all-star break. Afterwards, it's waivers for the big forward. He's been passed by too many players on the depth chart, but I wish him all the best in finding a new NHL home. [6th Sens, SenShot]
- A tooooooon of reaction regarding Phillips comments in this Citizen piece. Chirp has a recap on it, Tra Mike has his take on the news. [Ottawa Citizen, SensChirp, Bonk's Mullet]
- NKB finished up our look at 2015 RFA's with a piece on Jean-Gabriel Pageau. [Silver Seven]
- Steve talks about the noise at the CTC... and budget?? [Bonk's Mullet]
- NKB was also on Ups and Downs duty this week. Click through to see his rankings. [Silver Seven]
- The BSens played three games since the last Nuggets, so make sure to check out Ian's prospect update for recaps. [Silver Seven]
- Jeff also has recaps of the BSens three games, with thoughts at the end which I always make sure to read. Also of note, Chris Wideman is the BSens lone representative to the AHL All Star game. I thought Shane Prince might've had a shot but oh well. [SenShot - vs. Syracuse, vs. Lehigh Valley, vs. Springfield, All-Star game]
- With some more BSens news, Todd Bertuzzi suffered a knee injury over the weekend and went back home to re-evaluate where he's at. [SenShot]
- An absolutely fantastic piece by Varada on the Senators prospects and development system. [WTYKY]
- Mark Stone has been showing his worth to the Senators since he was drafted with a 6th round pick in 2010. Here's a column on his play so far. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Trevor discusses Milan Michalek, who is often forgotten by many fans (myself included). [SenShot]
- I always like to end the Nuggets with something to listen to, and I can't think of a better way than Episode 9 of WTYKY's Scotchcast. [WTYKY]