The Sens Nation Podcast
Jul 10, 2020 52 min
19: Brady Tkachuk: Pay Him Now or Pay Him Later? NHL Training Camps Begin This Week; Should the Sens Bring Back Robin Lehner?
We have actual dates for a return to hockey! But will COVID truly allow the NHL to finish what is starts? The Sens have some good prospects in goal, but no sure things. Could Robin Lehner be the answer? In 1996, the Sens obviously didn't know what they had in Pavol Demitra but Peter Stastny says he did. Or did he really..? Signing Brady Tkachuk. You can pay him now or your can pay him later. Will the freedom to sign in Europe and return for the 2020-21 season have any effect on Sens free agents? In a ranking of NHL arenas in a 31 team league, the CTC somehow finished 32nd???
Jul 03, 2020 45 min
018: Who Do You Hope Will Still be on the Board When the Sens Choose at 3?
Our best guess on what the top 5 NHL draft picks will be...most importantly which two players the Sens may get. Will the Russian goalie be in play? Historically, how have other teams done when they had 3 first-round draft picks in the same draft? Former Senator GM's Rick Dudley (Carolina) and Randy Sexton (Buffalo) both recently parted company with their organizations. Should the Sens kick the tires on hiring them? Sens alumni birthdays bring back a very special memory for Sens fans. Do-do-do-do-do you remember it?
Jun 27, 2020 38 min
017: NHL Draft Lottery System Fails Badly; Sens Get the #3 and the #5 Picks While Alexis Lafreniere Goes to UNKNOWN??!!
We Rage About the NHL Draft Lottery Process; Sens Get the #3 and the #5 Picks and Alexis Lafreniere Goes to UNKNOWN??!! WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM IS THAT? Daniel Alfredsson is overlooked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. It was shaping up to be such a good week too...
Jun 18, 2020 49 min
016: Is the Hall of Fame Finally Going to "PRAISE ALFIE?"
Is the Hall of Fame finally going to praise Alfie next week? The Buffalo Sabres blow things up, firing the GM and about 20 other employees. Things the Sens can do to win fans back. Connor brown opens up on some things about the season. That Sun story last week about Melnyk's organ donor charity? The paper has to issue corrections and an apology. An Ottawa Senator from that magical 2017 playoff run retires from hockey.
Jun 11, 2020 25 min
015: Bobby Ryan Up for the Masterton; Ryan's Hat Trick One of the Best Moments in Sens History
Bobby Ryan is up for the Masterton award. His hat trick in February was one for the ages. Chris Cuthbert called that game. He's moving from TSN to Sportsnet. He misses calling playoff games, which TSN won't have for at least 6 more years. Sens part company with the Sens Foundation, citing mediocre donation percentages. Different standards for the owner's organ donation fund which, according to the Ottawa sun, made one million dollars in 2018 and only donated $5000 of it to the charity. Graeme Nicholls joins for an interview. This week he started a crowdfunding campaign on twitter and raised more for organ donation in a few hours than Melnyk's charity raised in all of 2018. Where are they now? Brandon Boechenski named Mayor of Grand Forks North Dakota this week. Alumni birthdays and memories this week. Rob Ray 52, Jason Spezza is 37, Wade Redden 43 Sens centreman Jack Adams would have been 126 this week. Stanley Cup being the exception, should trophy names be updated after x amount of time goes by? Make the Jack Adams award the Scotty Bowman award? Make the Art Ross Trophy the Wayne Gretzky trophy? The Norris Trophy the Bobby Orr Trophy?
Jun 02, 2020 45 min
014: The Sens Finally Get Their Official Draft Lottery Rules; Tkachuk Will Eventually be Captain
The Senators season is over. The NHL draft lottery rules are out. We'll try and make sense of it, but we still have questions. We sure played a lot of hockey this year to eliminate only 23 per cent of the teams. We'll give you our must-watch playoff series. After two seasons without one, Sens head coach DJ Smith is now at least talking about naming a captain. Chris Wideman signs on in the KHL. Did his gruesome hamstring injury affect his career or was he perhaps - with a nod to Dennis Green – not what we thought he was? Josh Norris is the AHL rookie of the year. Will he be a Senator next season? Sens alumni birthdays Episode 14. Best number 14 of all time.
May 26, 2020 46 min
013: Our Chat with D.J. Smith, Boedker's Gone, Trying to Make Sense of the Hoffman Deal, Why Hogberg Will Start Next Season
NHL MEMO that went out May 24th on the instructions for moving to Phase 2. It's voluntary and a maximum of six players will be allowed in club facilities at one time. The Sens season ends with 11 games left to play in the regular season...the NHL is moving on, focused now on a 24 team playoffs. Buffalo, New Jersey, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Detroit — also will join the Sens in the beginning what could be a very long offseason. a 9 month off season? Buffalo only 3pts out Old guys not going to the playoffs struggling with long layoff? Ryan Miller, Craig anderson, ron hainsey, joe Thornton, Dustin brown Bobby Ryan almost 34...only 8 games in 13 months... Review of DJ Smith's first year in the league...25-34-12...I have a 7 minute interview with smith Belleville Senators awards. Hubert Labrie is B-Sens defenceman of the year...? What does that say about the development of Lajoie and Jaros? Will a professional 3 on 3 hockey league work? They now have coaches. Hall of famers. Kunitz's Game 7 overtime goal that ripped our hearts out was 3 years ago today... Kevin Mandolese quebec junior goalie of the year. Steve is bullish on Marcus Hogberg getting the most starts for the Sens next season...Boedker signs on in Switzerland... Reviewing the Hoffman trade... Birthdays in the past week, since we last talked... Craig Anderson Todd White Jason York Nikita Filatov Artem Anisimov Guillaume Latendresse This is episode 13...lucky number 13...greatest Senator to wear number 13? Jamie Baker, Vinny Prospal or Nick Paul?
May 19, 2020 52 min
012: Praise Alfie! It's the Anniversary of Ottawa's Only Conference Title!
According to the Hockey News, if you re-drafted the 2018 draft, Brady Tkachuk's draft ranking would be the same. Agree or disagree? Alfie scores in overtime! Today's the anniversary of the Sens' only Conference title. It also the 40th anniversary this week of Islanders' first Cup and the 25th anniversary of the final games ever played at Le Colisee and Boston Garden. 8 year UFA contracts are, more often than not, a bad idea. Mark Stone was one of the few players to become better skaters while in the NHL. Most don't. To prepare for the draft, Pierre Dorion begins player interviews with top prospects via Zoom. What's missing from the process when you don't speak in person? One NHL player wonders, if they do resume play during COVID, "What if someone gets sick and dies?" TSN rolls out another "All-Time" team. This time it's Team Canada. Eric Lindros, you're not invited. We show our insanely wide range of TV knowledge from yesterday to today, going from Emergency! to Homeland.
May 12, 2020 41 min
011: Sens All-Time Team, Will Abramov Rediscover His Junior Scoring Touch? Two of the Biggest Goals in Hockey History
Episode #11. Alfie is the best #11 of all time but can you name one of the 3 other players who wore 11 for the Sens? The Sens all-time team: Steve wasn't a fan of the selection criteria that was used. Vitaly Abramov will need to take a step forward this season. We're hoping he's not Corey Locke 2.0. Artyom Zub is seen by the Hockey News as a Russian Olympic candidate, even if the NHL return there. The 1987 Canada Cup final was televised on the weekend. We discuss that amazing tournament. Gregg was in the building that night and describes it. And why something was lost when it became the World Cup. Plus the 50th anniversary of the Cup-winning goal by Bobby Orr, who's as great a guy as he was a player. That goal is often called the greatest NHL goal ever scored. Is it really? Ontario letting its pro teams start training in small groups at club facilities, including the Sens. We'll discuss the latest we're hearing on the NHL draft and a return to play.
May 04, 2020 50 min
010: Why the Sens Draft Outlook is Now Looking Even Better; What are the Greatest Games in Sens History? Artyom Zub Officially Signs with the Sens
After weeks of speculation, Atryom Zub has officially signed on with the Ottawa Senators. What will Ottawa's blue line look like next season? This week was the 3 year anniversary of JG Pageau's 4 goal game. We submit our top 5 most memorable Sens games. Do current Senator players even care about the NHL draft? The latest on the draft: According to a new NHL memo, the league may go with a system that will see the Sens picking no worse than 3rd and 4th. We chime in on the results of a recent Ottawa Senators fan poll from The Athletic. Sens alumni birthdays this week and, here in our 10th episode, how many Senators who wore number 10 can you name?