Here are a couple of cups of morning sunshine for Ottawa hockey fans — one about the Senators, one about a former 67.
Yes, it’s piling on to the Ottawa Senators mess, but after watching Sidney Crosby do a tap-dance on the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday, the following numbers should provide some perspective on offence — and lack, thereof.
Crosby now has 26 goals and 50 points. Between them, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Alexei Kovalev — the Senators top three scorers — have a combined 21 goals and 26 assists.
It’s definitely starting to feel a lot like Christmas…Christmas of 2008, that is, when every few days brought fresh new speculation about the future of general manager Bryan Murray and then-coach Craig Hartsburg.
Now, on to that ex-67, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, who has put himself front and centre in the Calder Trophy race for top rookie.
Obviously, there’s some value of patience for Couture, who jockeyed back and forth between San Jose and Worcester of the AHL last season.
Couture now has 13 goals and 6 assists. Do you think he’s taking any pleasure in seeing that he’s outscoring John Tavares of the New York Islanders (eight goals, six assists)?
Way back when, Couture was spurned by the Oshawa Generals as the first overall draft choice in the OHL when the league relaxed its rules to allow the underage Tavares to be taken first.
As a wise hockey observer noted the other day, as a junior Couture saved his best for when he went-to-head against Tavares.