Senators 2, Red Wings 3
Even though the Red Wings haven’t had an exemplary record of late (2-4-4 in last 10), I’m going to give them the nod because of their strong record at home and the fact that Ottawa will dress a lineup featuring three fresh faces (Smith, Lee, Cullen).
Here are tonight's lines: Michalek-Spezza-Shannon; Regin-Cullen-Kovalev; Kelly-Fisher-Alfredsson; Ruutu-Winchester-Neil. Brian Elliott gets the nod between the pipes and Derek Smith and Lee will replace Picard and Campoli on the blueline. If you're wondering about the defensive pairings, Lee will assume Campoli's spot with Kuba and Smith will be paired with his former partner in Bingo, Matt Carkner.
"There's no chance of acquiring a player that makes any amount of money, so (the media) can have a break on that day - you won't have to worry about calling my office."
"Maybe somebody will call me and I don't know what they offer me, who knows? At this point in time I'm not anticipating very much." ~ Bryan Murray, National Post
The aforementioned quote came on January 27th. Whether Bryan Murray's trade landscape truly changed or whether he just plays his cards close to his vest, Murray's apparently not done dealing.
"I'm investigating other defencemen. I've talked to some teams already (Friday) about other getting another defenceman, but (other teams) will be shopping, too. Everybody gets the best price they can. Those are the things that happen when it snowballs." ~ Bryan Murray via Ottawa Citizen
I guess this means that Chris Campoli, Brian Lee and Ryan Shannon are officially on notice.
What you thought Cheechoo was going to get claimed on waivers? Get real. If you did, you were probably following Bruce Garrioch on Twitter and were fooled into believing that the Leafs had put in a claim on the overpaid winger. (Ed. note: It turned out that a league executive was playing a cruel joke on Bruce.)
Now that he has cleared, Cheechoo has been reassigned to the Binghamton Senators where he will play in tomorrow afternoon's game against the Rochester Amerks and likely bide his time until he's bought out later this offseason.