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"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can't find it within yourself to stan...
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform!" - Captain Picard According to Captain Picard - the only freshman to ever win the academy marathon - there is no such thing as sporting truth. That's good news for the Ottawa Senators who have spent the calendar year providing inconsistent, misleading, or outright false information about player health and organizational strategy. The question remains, does it matter? Obviously as a hockey blogger and Sens fan, I would love to have accurate information on injuries. As someone who loves the team, I would love to get to the bottom of what happened with Alfie or hear an accurate articulation of why Mika Zibanejad was sent down. Despite the fact that I want to know these details, keeping me in the loop is not integral to running the Senators. What is important is that there are open lines of communication between management and the players. I want to know why Mika got sent down, but what's most important is that Mika knows why he was sent down. Thankfully, Paul MacLean excels at communication. During a critical juncture of the 2012 playoff push, he held a meeting with team veterans and spent the session listening to his players. According to Erik Karlsson, "He's got a good feeling for when to talk to you and when not to, and what to say at certain points". I suspect not much is going to change with the way the team communicates in public, but as long as they keep those lines of communication open behind closed doors, the team will be fine. Sens Links: Nichols provides Sens Panic Power Rankings [6th Sens] Sens vs. Kings: game preview [SenShot] [Inside the Senate] Will Jason Spezza play? [Senators Extra] Mark wonders if Mika Zibanejad should sue the Ottawa Senators [Silver Seven] and urges us not to panic about Jason Spezza [Silver Seven] Bobby Ryan isn't like Dany Heatley according to Ian Mendes [Senators Extra] He's under the microscope [Le Droit] He's coming in lukewarm? [SensNation] Travis Yost looks at high event hockey [Yost] Stephane Da Costa hopes to stick, Craig Anderson sympathizes with Jonathan Quick [Senators Extra] Jean-Gabriel Pageau on his first trip to California [Le Droit] NHL/Hockey Links: Fantastic read on the Patrice Bergeron's career path [New England Hockey Journal] Dan Saraceni with a wonderful piece about the Flyers naming Slyvester "Hockey Balboa" Stallone head coach [Lighthouse Hockey] Don't like Eugene Melnyk? It could be much worse, Ed Snider could own your favourite team [Broad Street Hockey] Jose Lile talks Dallas' unorthodox tactics [Defending Big D] Cam Charron's take on the Jake Gardiner trade speculation [The Leafs Nation] Examining Washington's defensive breakdowns [Japers' Rink] With Detroit no longer in the same division as Chicago, Greg Boysen looks at the Blackhawks' new/old rivalry with the Blues [Second City Hockey] An examination of Winnipeg's faceoff struggles [Arctic Ice Hockey] Something for each team to worry about after the first week of play [The Hockey Writers] Mike Stromberg tells Devils fans not to panic yet [In Lou We Trust] Q&A with former Sens prospect Stefan Noesen [The Hockey Writers] An early take on the Oilers up and down start to the season [Copper & Blue] Cam Charron tackles Tortorella and shot blocking [Canucks Army] Canucks win in Cory Schneider's return [Nucks Misconduct] J.J. from Kansas continues "Getting to Know the CBA" with a look at Articles 24 & 25: international hockey, endorsements, sponsorships, and licensing [Winging It In Motown] Um so Tomas Hertl is kind of a big deal [Fear the Fin] [Puck Daddy] He scored a goal of the year candidate last night [Puck Daddy] [Backhand Shelf] Don't worry, the "No Fun" po
about 3 hours ago
Well, here we go. I hoped that the return of hockey would simmer Ottawa Senators fans down, and save us from the vitriol and infighting that the summer brought us with Daniel Alfredsson's departure, speculation about Eugene Melnyk's fina...
Well, here we go. I hoped that the return of hockey would simmer Ottawa Senators fans down, and save us from the vitriol and infighting that the summer brought us with Daniel Alfredsson's departure, speculation about Eugene Melnyk's finances, and Mika Zibanejad's AHL stint, among other things. Sadly, that's clearly not to be. We're just two games in and already some are questioning Bobby Ryan, and are now ready to panic over Jason Spezza. Is this what it means to be a sports fan in the 21st century? Am I the only one left who actually enjoys, you know, watching hockey? Is all that we have left to do now just seize on any tidbit of information and extrapolate it out to the worst-case scenario like we have any clue what the situation is? What's the benefit of that level of negativity? "But Mark," you say. "The Senators haven't been forthright about injuries in the past. Why should we believe them this time when last year they told us they were managing Spezza's back one day and then he was having surgery a few days later?" Well, obviously I don't have more information than you do in this case, but I do have Occam's Razor: The simplest theory is more likely to be true. Was there a secret conspiracy to hide the severity of Spezza's back injury from fans last year, even though they'd find out anyway once he had surgery? Or is it more likely that the team wasn't sure of the severity, did further tests, and then Spezza and his doctors took a few days to determine the best course of treatment, deciding on surgery when he didn't improve? It's one thing to worry about Spezza's groin. There's no doubt that he's hurt--that's not in dispute. The question is how we react to that news. Do we lock in on words from head coach Paul MacLean like "questionable" and "chronic" and assume the worst? Or do we recognize that we are not doctors, nor is MacLean a doctor--but that having a fully healthy Spezza aligns with his own interests? Here's what we know about groin injuries: They're more common in sports like hockey, have absolutely nothing to do with a player's conditioning level, and are best treated with rest. ESPN goes into more depth on those subjects with Dr. Andrew Parker, team doctor for the Colorado Avalanche. Which activities seem to be most affected by groin pulls? Dr. Parker: The sports that seem to have the highest incidence of groin injuries are sports where there is cutting side to side, quick accelerations and decelerations and sudden directional changes. You occasionally hear about sprinters with groin pulls, but the typical person we see is not the straight-ahead athlete as much as the side-to-side player in sports such as soccer, hockey and basketball. The thought is that you have a tremendous mass in the upper body and the upper body is going in one direction and the legs are directing the body to do something different either stop, start or turn. What is the treatment for groin pulls and how long does it take to recover? Dr. Parker: For the typical muscle strain or pull, including groin injuries, the treatment is always conservative. We use rest and ice, then proceed to a gradual stretching and strengthening program followed with a return to athletics. This works well for the "weekend warrior" up through to the professional athlete. Anti-inflammatory medication and ice help with the swelling, but time is what cures groin pulls more than anything. In higher levels of competition, treatments such as muscle stimulators and ultrasound can help with the healing process. For all the similarities, every groin pull is different, as are the athletes that have them. The recovery depends on a lot of factors. Age, level of fitness, severity of the injury and a diligence with respect to rehabilitation all contribute to recovery times. Peter Nelson, a former hockey player and strength and conditioning intern with Pennsylvania State University Men’s Ice Hockey Team, wrote an excellent article explaining exactly why
about 6 hours ago
The Ottawa Senators are in Los Angeles to take on Jonathan Quick and the Kings. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.
The Ottawa Senators are in Los Angeles to take on Jonathan Quick and the Kings. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.
about 6 hours ago
This dismaying story came out of my hometown recently, and any kind of preamble wouldn't do it justice, so I'm just going to quote it: The family of a former Webster Thomas hockey player has sued the school district and hockey coach f...
This dismaying story came out of my hometown recently, and any kind of preamble wouldn't do it justice, so I'm just going to quote it: The family of a former Webster Thomas hockey player has sued the school district and hockey coach for keeping him at the junior varsity level for four years "in spite of his advanced skills." [The player] made the varsity team as a freshman in the 2008-09 season, according to the lawsuit, but was demoted to junior varsity after a period of academic ineligibility. For most of the next three years, he participated in the team's off-season activities, attended extra practices and "dominated" at junior varsity but was kept at the lower level by Evans, who allegedly told him, "We see you from the outside in." Is the same thing not happening to Mika Zibanejad right now? The youngster is already dominating at the AHL level, but the team clearly told him he's on the outside while Stephane Da Costa and Jean-Gabriel Pageau are on the inside. The era of Trustache is dead. If the Ottawa Senators are too blind to see the truth, Zibanejad must sue to get his way. In fact, now that I think of it, more than a few players have grounds to sue the team: Bobby Ryan - Emotional damages, due to the team not adequately preparing him for the media scrutiny. Craig Anderson - Failure to provide adequate food forced him to attempt cooking on his own, leading to a hand injury. Matt Kassian - Team has not provided skating lessons, keeping him from playing to his full ability. Milan Michalek - Team is unwilling to hire an interpreter, and everyone just smiles and nods whenever he talks. Cory Conacher - Head coach Paul MacLean does not take his medical condition seriously and continues to attempt to motivate him with doughnuts. Stephane Da Costa - Team will not provide a helmet that fits properly. Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Teammates continue to harass him in the locker room. Jason Spezza - Undocumented laughing gas leak in his locker. Robin Lehner - Politics in the workplace. I'm sure there are many more. Maybe you have some suggestions? Just remember: When life hands you lemons... sue.
about 9 hours ago
Thanks to @bringbacklee for this amazing GIF. Tired of the Ottawa media misrepresenting what truly bothers you? Well, you can now rest assured that those days are over. We at The 6th Sens are proud to introduce our newest fe...
Thanks to @bringbacklee for this amazing GIF. Tired of the Ottawa media misrepresenting what truly bothers you? Well, you can now rest assured that those days are over. We at The 6th Sens are proud to introduce our newest feature: monthly Sens Panic Power Rankings, wherein in each month, we'll unveil our list of the top ten things that worry and bother Sens fans. Want to have a say in what should be listed in the rankings? Email us at the6thsens@live.com and tells us what should be ranked and why and we'll be sure to include it in our next monthly edition. Now on to October's rankings: 10) Should have picked Sean Couturier. 9) Jakub Silfverberg has more points than Bobby Ryan. Man, I liked that guy. 8) It feels like we’ll be stuck with these home and away jerseys forever. 7) It seems like the only battles Bobby Ryan is winning are the ones on Twitter with Leafs fans (here and here). 6) Bobby Ryan does kind of look like Scarlett Johansson. Thanks for ruining this for all of us Bobby. 5) Kyle Turris hasn’t posted a photo of his dog on Twitter this week. 4) The Leafs got more national coverage this week. 3) We’ll be stuck with these home and away jerseys forever. 2) We’re over budget. I just found out yesterday. 1) Spezza’s groin injury, which may or may not be a groin injury.
about 13 hours ago
Stephane DaCosta is hoping for a little more than a couple of cross-country flights and a nice dinner this time around.
Stephane DaCosta is hoping for a little more than a couple of cross-country flights and a nice dinner this time around.
about 19 hours ago
The story is all about Jason Spezza's lingering groin strain and the Ottawa Senators seemingless endless losing streak in these parts.
The story is all about Jason Spezza's lingering groin strain and the Ottawa Senators seemingless endless losing streak in these parts.
about 19 hours ago
The last time the Ottawa Senators acquired a player as prolific as Bobby Ryan was before the 2005-2006 season in Dany Heatley. Heatley would find instant chemistry with Jason Spezza, recording a point in his first 22 games as a Senator. ...
The last time the Ottawa Senators acquired a player as prolific as Bobby Ryan was before the 2005-2006 season in Dany Heatley. Heatley would find instant chemistry with Jason Spezza, recording a point in his first 22 games as a Senator. He would also register back to back 50 goal seasons and become one of the catalysts that lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006-07. Even in his last miserable season in Ottawa he managed to record 39 goals. Obviously expectations were going to be high on Bobby Ryan.Ryan comes to Ottawa as a four time 30 goal scorer. His primary linemates for those four seasons (2008-2012) in Anaheim were Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both stars in their own rights. However, last season his production slipped despite playing with similar teammates. Pro-rated over an 82 game season, he would have only notched 19 goals. This would be his lowest since 2007-08, his rookie year. It's almost like this is a reverse Heatley, where in this case we're the Sharks who will watch as Ryan becomes a shadow of his former self.Was there a reason that Anaheim targeted Ryan as the one to trade? Taking a look at his Relative Corsi (his Corsi relative to the rest of his team) over the past five seasons, there is a noticeable downwards trend. 2008-09: 16.5 2009-10: 16.8 2010-11: 14.2 2011-12: 5.9 2012-13: 4.5 Could this be the reason they were so willing to part with one of their most reliable goal scorers? After all, advanced stats never lie! Especially with this being Teemu Selanne's last season, you would have thought that Anaheim would have wanted to keep Ryan around. Even more puzzling is the fact that Ryan is only 26 years old and thus entering what are usually a player's prime years. Why would Anaheim be willing to dump him at this point in time?Regardless of Anaheim's intentions, Ottawa couldn't have been more excited about the news of the acquisition. With Daniel Alfredsson leaving the team, Ottawa needed another star player to help carry the team. The fact Ryan is a noted goal scorer was even better. If Jason Spezza could make Milan Michalek a 30 goal scorer, what could he make Ryan? 40 goals? Maybe even 50?Fans in Ottawa couldn't wait for the preseason to watch Ottawa's top line featuring their new captain surrounded by two 30 goal scorers. Unfortunately, the line never seemed to click during the preseason. Ryan did notch two goals, but they were more individual efforts on his part. Fans didn't seem worried. After all it was preseason and Ryan was new to the team. The line likely needed a few more practices to develop some chemistry.Fast forward to the regular season and the top line hasn't produced as expected. Through two games, Ryan has a single assist to show. Worse is the fact that the top line's chemistry looks arguably worse than they did in the preseason. Spezza's game doesn't appear to mesh well with Ryan's. This could be attributed to the fact that Ryan played in the much more physical Western Conference where his large frame was advantageous. However, in the Eastern Conference his lack of skating ability appears to be holding him back. He always seems to be one step behind the play. This wasn't how it was supposed to happen. Expectations were for him and Spezza to click like Spezza had with Heatley. Right now it doesn't look like that's ever going to happen. Maybe the Sens would have been better off promoting Mark Stone who looked great with Spezza during his playoff game against the Rangers.Even more worrisome for Sens fans should be the fact that Ryan is a free agent in just two years time. Will he re-sign in Ottawa? He's said all the right things on social media and in interviews, noting that he sees no reason it won't happen. Yet, there's an interesting section from his interview with Sportsnet: He says that he likes to go to his place in Idaho because he’s "anonymous" there and "never recognized" and can relax with his girlfriend with the mountains in the background. A desire j
about 20 hours ago
Two games into the season, Ryan has yet to score a goal, and it would be a stretch to suggest he had any Grade-A scoring chances in those road contests at Buffalo and Toronto
Two games into the season, Ryan has yet to score a goal, and it would be a stretch to suggest he had any Grade-A scoring chances in those road contests at Buffalo and Toronto
about 24 hours ago
The Ottawa Senators have only played two games and all the rage yesterday in the newspapers was the story or non-story of what kind of shape Bobby Ryan was in. Now I’m not really sure what has provoked all of this fitness questioni...
The Ottawa Senators have only played two games and all the rage yesterday in the newspapers was the story or non-story of what kind of shape Bobby Ryan was in. Now I’m not really sure what has provoked all of this fitness questioning. In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch mentioned some negative comments during HNIC. Unless I missed something more scathing, I believe the following exchange is what Garrioch was alluding to: Glenn Healy: Well, sometimes the reason a goal gets scored it’s 200 feet from your net or from the other team’s net. Here’s the play behind the net with Ryan and Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson does a real good job just to hold on a little bit, ‘Okay, there Bobby Ryan,’ now good luck getting back in the play. And we’ll have another look at the Methot pinch but Bobby Ryan doesn’t get back in the play because of what happened 200 feet away. Jim Hughson: But he had a pretty good view of the goal. Healy: And you know, you think about it. The shift before, what happened 200 feet away from Ottawa’s net? An enormous save by Jonathan Bernier. Pretty tame stuff. For the Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor wrote: “There is panic in the air – not to mention in that largely anonymous Nervous Nellie creation called the Twitterverse: What’s wrong with Bobby Ryan?” Even Wayne Scanlan touched upon the negativity in a recent piece for SenatorsExtra. I haven’t seen much, if any, negative feedback on Twitter. Mind you, I try and follow smart, witty, and funny fans. Nevertheless, I’m sure it was out there. Having endured hours of listening to post-game show calls whenever I’d attend a game when I was younger, I know how thick some Sens fans can be. So I browsed Twitter and found… nothing. And I'm not sure a podcast tease making light of oneself counts: In latest SN podcast we express concern about bottom 6 & I have an unreasonable panic attack about Bobby Ryan. http://t.co/Jeb18lZJgf — SensNation (@SensNation) October 7, 2013 So if the fans aren’t saying it, and the bad men at HNIC weren’t saying it, where the hell is it coming from? To me, it seems like a media fabrication, a narrative designed to reaffirm how calm people should be. Fortunately, judging by his appearance on The Drive yesterday, there’s one member of the Ottawa media who is pushing back on this silliness. Check out the following exchange, or better yet, listen: Ian Mendes: Brent, when you look at the number one story that seemed to come out of today, or at least the largest media scrum… Brent Wallace: *snicker* Mendes: Was around Bobby Ryan. Wallace: *sigh* Mendes: And hey, look, he has played two games and hasn’t scored a goal... Shawn Simpson: Brent has been stirring that up since the kid arrived in town. Wallace: (sarcastically) Yeah, well I’m gone. I think he is no good. Simpson: Your boy Turris is good though. Wallace: Hahaha. Oh yeah, here we go. I don’t understand the Bobby Ryan situation. It’s been two games. Why are we all worked up about two games? We can say all we want about how he didn’t get back on the play and how Glenn Healy likes to find fault with every guy who skates in any jersey that isn’t blue and white. It’s two games. The guy has got seven shots. If he had one goal, we would not have one peep. If he had one glorious scoring chance, we probably would not be saying a word. Can we just hang on a sec? His centerman can’t really skate because he’s got a bum groin, like let’s just wait a sec. Simpson: Wally, it has nothing to do with the stats. I’ve watched the guy for ten years and optically, he’s not the same player and there’s no reason not to… Wallace: WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE’S NOT THE SAME (PLAYER)?!?! IT’S BEEN TW
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