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04-01-2012, 08:38 PM
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Anderson, Phillips and Neil are all going to have to be huge in the playoffs. Just keep doing what they have been doing.
They will be vital to our playoff success.

I shook my head when people around here wanted to trade Phillips and to those people who said Chris Neil was over payed

You can't teach heart to players which is what these guys have. These 2 along with Spezza (I hope) will retire as Senators.

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I think Gonchar. Probably the best mentor for Karlsson/Cowen you could ask for.

Plays a great game in his own end and fits so ******* well in Maclean's system.

EDIT: Really? That's a swear?

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04-02-2012, 06:43 AM
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Either Kuba or Gonchar. Both had pretty quiet seasons but when you look at their point totals it's pretty surprising. Also I don't think either one was mentioned in a national broadcast this year besides about how much they sucked last year.

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04-02-2012, 09:44 AM
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anderson easy would not be even close to making playoffs be a lottery team pick

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04-02-2012, 10:12 AM
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They will be vital to our playoff success.

I shook my head when people around here wanted to trade Phillips and to those people who said Chris Neil was over payed

You can't teach heart to players which is what these guys have. These 2 along with Spezza (I hope) will retire as Senators.
I don't know about retiring Sens. I can see them being traded towards the end of their careers just for assets because despite being old, even when they're 36-37 someone will want them for a 2nd or 3rd rounder for playoffs/depth. Kind of what we did with Gonchar minus the UFA route.

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04-02-2012, 11:06 AM
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Bishop. He came in a pretty difficult situation and got us valuable pts.

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04-02-2012, 12:15 PM
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Kuba would be my pick, because so little was expected from him this year.

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04-02-2012, 12:46 PM
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I don't know about retiring Sens. I can see them being traded towards the end of their careers just for assets because despite being old, even when they're 36-37 someone will want them for a 2nd or 3rd rounder for playoffs/depth. Kind of what we did with Gonchar minus the UFA route.
Gonchar's situation is a bit different from Neil, Phillips and Spezz though. These 3 have been with the Senators for their entire careers.

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04-02-2012, 03:18 PM
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I would say the whole team since they were picked to finish last by so many "experts". With the exception of Butler & Regin whose season was cut short by injury almost everyone on this team have had very good season.

Of course if you don't have goaltending you usually don't do very well & Anderson has not only been winning but stealing some games for us as well. Two thumbs up for Anderson. Maclean & his coaching staff have also done a remarkable job in their first yr with this team, geez .... okay everyone again.


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04-03-2012, 10:17 AM
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I've been giving Kuba a lot of credit all year, so I'll agree with OP and say Neil, and possibly Gonchar as well.

I'll admit that I was unhappy with the Neil contract when it was signed. However, the Senators had an older lineup with a different cap structure. Heatley hadn't been traded yet, Kovalev had just been signed, Fisher, Kelly, Ruutu were still with the club on considerable contracts. The forward group was clogged with older players on UFA contracts, and since we lacked young scoring talent, it made sense to me that we should be moving out veteran bottom-6 players to make room for youth. I was also concerned that Neil was declining.

Since then, Donovan, Fisher, Kelly, Ruutu, Shannon, Kovalev, Heatley have all left, and the forward group has gotten younger overall. Thus, I think keeping Neil around as a hard-working veteran plug who bleeds black, red and gold has been a good move, and that he is a crucial part of team. You need a mix of youth and veterans throughout your lineup, and I think Neil has an important role in our present lineup. He has done his job and he has done it well pretty much all year. He is playing some of his best hockey and his aggressive but smart physical game fits well in MacLean's system.

Gonchar has quietly had a decent season and I like to think that he has been a good influence on our young D, but what do I really know.

I also think Foligno deserves a lot of credit for his improvement this season.

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04-03-2012, 10:34 AM
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MacLean and his staff deserve a ton of credit for implementing a system which compliments the strengths of the team they inherited. The players on the team have clearly defined roles this year and they know exactly what is expected of them. That has made a huge difference this season.

Obviously Gonchar, Kuba & Phillips have all enjoyed strong bounce-back campaigns. Steady play from these 3 veteran defencemen has contributed mightily to the success.

There are so many candidates to choose from - Condra/Daugavins/O'Brien have done well on the PK - Greening for contributing 17 goals and much needed grit and determination on the top line...a great season for the team and the franchise.

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04-03-2012, 12:25 PM
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3 words for you all.


Erik P. Condra

The "P" stands for Perfection.

Discuss.

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Kuba or Neil... or Anderson.

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3 words for you all.


Erik P. Condra

The "P" stands for Perfection.

Discuss.
Remember that time he missed the empty net.

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04-03-2012, 04:28 PM
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Gonchar. After that probably Foligno.

Kuba and Anderson have been getting alot of praise recently but Gonchar has been solid defensively logging solid a 20+ minutes as a middle pairing anchor all season long.

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3 words for you all.


Erik P. Condra

The "P" stands for Perfection.

Discuss.
P stands for Pressbox where he may spend some time in the playoffs.

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04-03-2012, 05:10 PM
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Jason Spezza, with the flak that guy takes from the fans we might as well call him unsung.

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04-03-2012, 05:17 PM
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Remember that time he missed the empty net.
That empty net goal would have given us a 2 goal lead against BOSTON. Condra knew that a 2 goal lead was the worst lead in hockey.

Again...ERIK. P. CONDRA.

He knows the bigger picture.

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04-03-2012, 05:27 PM
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I nominate Gonchar and Condra. Gonchar has put up good points this year and he has tightened up on D significantly from last year, although I'm not saying he doesn't make mistakes. I think Condra is a great defensive forward, and his possession numbers are proof. I wouldn't call Neil an unsung hero as everyone who follows Ottawa knows what to expect from him and what he brings to the table

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