Author Archive | Allen Panzeri

The Senators will get some leeway with Jason Spezza and his salary on long-term disability, but it’s a little bit complicated. Spezza’s $7 million salary-cap hit doesn’t come off the team’s payroll. Rather, the percentage of his salary went he’s out becomes a cushion for the team. For example: if he’s out for $1 million [...]

With Mike Brodeur and Jarkko Ruutu, defenceman Filip Kuba did some extra skating under the eye of assistant coach of Rick Wamsley on Saturday morning, looking suspiciously as if he’d be scratched for the second game in a row. But in the end, it was Ruutu who was scratched for the second game in a [...]

With Pascal Leclaire still not over his lower-body injury, Mike Brodeur boomeranged back to Ottawa from Binghamton on Sunday. He figures to be doing that quite often for the next little bit. There’s no indication when Leclaire will be back, and the Senators need to keep Brodeur’s 600,000 off the salary cap. Every little bit [...]

If Ottawa fans haven’t seen this, here’s a blog posting from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, with some slaty remarks from former Avs winger turned TV analyst Mark Rycroft: “Astute watchers of the Avalanche on Altitude might have picked up on this last night. If not, I’m here to helpfully remind you: Former Avs [...]

Minnesota Wild centre Matt Cullen was hoping to stay with the Senators after his brief stint last season, but nothing could get done and he ended up coming back to his home state. “We talked to Ottawa a lot,” he said on Thursday. “But I think at the time their defensive situation was really up [...]

It’s a tough situation that Senators defenceman Brian Lee is in. He sat for the 23rd straight game on Thursday night. It has to be crushing. Even on a struggling team, he can’t get into the lineup, an indication that both general manager Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston have absolutely no faith in him. [...]

While Pascal Leclaire played well on the two-game road trip and might have been expected to play against the Rangers, Brian Elliott got the start. Leclaire is battling a little bit of the flu, said Clouston. “Brian came off a shutout (in 1-0 shootout loss to the Sabres Saturday),” said Clouston. “It’s a good situation [...]