Jared Cowen Autographed Jersey T-Shirt Contest Continued...
With Milan Michalek set to return either Tuesday night against the Panthers or Thursday night against the Lightning, all questions pertaining to the health of the Senators roster are now directed to the ailing Filip Kuba.
It's not like Kuba hasn't been the subject of intense scrutiny. From questions about his production to the mainstream media questioning whether or not he has a uterus, Kuba's 2009-10 campaign can only be categorized as an unmitigated disaster for the Senators defenceman.
To hear Cory Clouston reveal that Kuba's back hasn't progressed as well as the organization would like and that the injury may cause him to miss the rest of the season, is just the icing on the cake. These days, the only thing progressing worse than Filip Kuba's back is the defenceman's trade value. It's enough to have Don Brennan make this face... (Ed. note: Any excuse I can have to publish this Brennan picture is good enough for me.)
According to the Ottawa Sun's Off the Posts blog, Andy Sutton told New York reporters Saturday he'd consider re-signing with the Isles in the off-season. "I love the direction the team is going," said Sutton,. "I love the guys, and it's a great organization, so I definitely wouldn't rule that out. They're not very far off."
Whether or not he's just paying lip service to the Islanders fans, his comments can't be encouraging for Senators fans. If anything, it's a humble reminder that there are no assurances that Sutton won't test the market on July 1st.
The Mainstream Media Discusses a Struggling Forward Not Named L'Enigma
It's hard to believe, isn't it? But somehow Allen Panzeri managed to devote a whole article to a player not named Alexei Kovalev. As shocking as it was to find out that Kovalev wasn't the featured subject, it's almost twice as shocking to hear that Foligno is having a hard time producing while playing alongside Jesse Winchester and Ryan Shannon. (Ed. note: Just ask Peter Regin how hard it is.)
Like Regin however, it looks as though Foligno's going to get an opportunity to escape by playing with Mike Fisher and the aforementioned Kovalev.
All In, All Red
In an email last week, it appeared as thought the Senators did leak their playoff slogan when they announced the playoff ticket sale and said that the first 200 fans in line for tickets (at SBP) will receive Senators car flags, while all persons in attendance will receive a free All In, All Red window cling courtesy of Scotiabank.
Then I received this email from the Senators today that confirmed that this is in fact the unimaginative and uninspiring mantra that the team is going to go by for the rest of the season...
Show Us Your RED Contest
Show Us Your RED for the playoffs!
Put on your best RED Sens gear from head to toe, grab your digital camera and send us your photo. The winner will receive a suite for a Sens playoff game and more.
We want to see you ALL IN, ALL RED. For details and to enter, click here.
All in, All Red? Doesn't another Eastern Conference team already Rock the Red? Leave it to the unimaginative Senators brass to blatantly rip off another successful playoff idea:
- We've had the Woo-Hoo towels and used Blur's Song 2
- We've used the Anaheim Angels' Thundersticks
- Like the Leafs, the Senators bow out every postseason.
- For one season, the Senators mimicked the Winnipeg Jets' Whiteout idea.
Next season we'll be told to dress up like Skeletor and cheer on the rally monkey if the team has to play from behind.
Leonsis Takes Exception to Umberger's Comments
Speaking of the Washington Capitals, it's always entertaining to see that another team's owner can step into the spotlight and act like a peacock.
When asked his opinion of the Washington Capitals, RJ Umberger dropped this gem:
“I don’t think any team in the West would be overmatched by them. Because they play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float in their zone looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes. A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”
In response, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis put on the best defensive effort that his team has exhibited all season.