Sens News and Notes for the Week of September 24
The Sens roster has been trimmed down to 30 players. You can expect the next cuts by mid-week after a game against the Oilers. The four cuts this week-end were all sent to Grand Rapids.
Mathieu Chouinard He played well throughout camp but like all young goalies requires some more seasoning. For the most part it could be said management was surprised with Chouinard’s level of play in comparison to his mediocre season of junior last year. It may only be a matter of time before he’s the Sens number one goalie.
Chris Neil With the exception of Havlat no player made more of name for himself in camp then Neil; many observers are shocked Neil didn’t make it past this round of cuts. He was fearless and always eager to please his teammates. All in all, camp was a great success and you can expect to see Neil in an Ottawa jersey sometime this season.
Konstantin Gorovikov Despite the fact coach Jacques Martin constantly referred to him as Konstantinov, Gorovikov showed promise in all the exhibition games he player. The only knock against him is the Sens prodigious depth on defence.
Derek King This year the once proud Islander will find himself playing in the IHL again and will be asked to provide veteran leadership in Grand Rapids.
Notables relieved from camp include Julian Vauclair, Alexandre Giroux, Jason Maleyko, Layne Ulmer and Antoine Vermette. Vauclair was sent back to Europe while the others will most likely be playing in the CHL this year. Giroux has a shot with Grand Rapids.
John Gruden suffered a bruised tailbone but is expected to continue training camp. John has been fingered as a possibility on this years blue line. In last year’s camp Gruden was also injured. Chris Phillips suffered a minor groin pull and most likely will wait out the exhibition games.
After looking timid in the rookie camp Martin Havlat has bloomed into a budding star. This weekend against the Oilers Havlat had a spin-a-rama and a goal scorer’s missile. At this point Havlat will make the regular season roster and depending on how he performs in the first 10 games has an outside chance to stay with the big team. You should expect Havlat to be playing somewhere in the CHL this season.
In the first exhibition game of the season Chris Neil found himself on line with Alexi Yashin and dropped the gloves with Florida heavyweight Paul Laus. The former Centennial has turned more then a few heads in camp. For a team looking to add toughness Neil is just sort of player needed. Probably a mid-season call up with an outside chance of catching on. Next year is his year
Ink and more Ink
The Senators have resigned defensemen John Gruden and Shane Hnidy. Expect Gruden to play a handful of games with the big league club. Forward John Emmons was also resigned.
In a move that has most Sens fans frustrated the Sens signed David Oliver to a multi-year deal. Oliver was released from the club in the 98-99 season after an abysmal start. Oliver soon found work with the Houston Aero’s of the IHL and late last year suited up 9 times for the Phoenix Coyotes.
NHL veteran Derek King is the newest Senator. Last year King played with the Maple Leafs and Blues before bouncing around IHL.
It’s That Time of the Year Again
Originally four players filed for arbitration; Philips, York, Arvedson and Bonk. A few days later both Philips and Arvedson signed one year deals. York, as well came to terms with the team only hours before his hearing. This leaves Bonk to await his hearing in the next few weeks.
The Ottawa Senators Vs. Alexi Yashin
The hockey club (Rod Bryden) has diminished the damages being sought from hold out center Alexi Yashin. Now $900,000, the original amount was 7 million. This move further rouses the growing insurgency amongst Ottawa Fans. Only a few months past, Bryden was the savoir of the team, but now most of the public look upon him as a petulant control freak.
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