On Wednesday afternoon Bruce Garrioch made an appearance on Tim & Sid, and in the midst of a general discussion of the team's struggles, there was this exchange:
John Shannon: "How patient will Bryan be?"
Garrioch: "He's willing to be...if you were talking to me today, and they had lost last night, I'd tell you he's trying to make a deal today. I think he would of made a change for change sake. And I think that's he's willing to...he likes this group, he thinks they should be better, these are the discussions I've had with him. He likes this group, he thinks they should be better, he needs more from Jared Cowen, he needs more from Patrick Wiercioch, he needs more consistency from those guys, they need Colin Greening to start being Colin Greening again - he's got 1 point in 15 games or whatever it is this season. So they need more from him, but I do think though that if they had lost last night and we were sitting here talking, that he'd be on the verge of trying to do something, cause I don't think they would have sat still much longer if they'd lost last night."
Tim Micallef: "Would that move for the sake of a move involve one of the goaltenders?"
Garrioch: "I don't think so at this juncture. They don't have a lot of depth in goal. They don't have Ben Bishop anymore. I know that people want them to move a goalie, but I think they'll be with these guys all year. Now I could be completely wrong, but I really do, I think that at this point that that's not something that they'll do. I think If they had made a move today it would have been a defenceman. And they did bring up Mark Borowiecki from Binghamton on the weekend cause it was getting a little ugly around here when they gave up 57 shots on Friday night against the Islanders. And Borowiecki's gone in, and to his credit he's stabilized things a little bit back there because they needed some stabilizing. There were a lot of people who felt that Jared Cowen on the weekend should have been a healthy scratch."
Interesting, very interesting.
Lots of issues right now. Greening is not skating hard, not hitting hard. Michalek is leaving the def zone way too early, or floating waiting for his chance to leave the zone. Hint Michalek, if you're standing on the off blue line waiting for the puck to catch up, you left too soon. Turris needs to be taught defenceman fundamentals if he's going to play point on the PP. That SH goal people said Karlsson was lazy backchecking? Where was Turris? Neil needs to relax and play his game, controlled agitation/aggression. Defencemen, relax, jeez, don't panic. I'm beginning to think they are holding the puck too long now, and rushing when they get fore checked. Hockey is a game of mistakes, and capitalizing on them. The biggest problem (on offence) is there is too big of a drop off from the top two lines to the bottom lines. Take the top 6 and make 3 pairings, and add a complimentary player to each line. Pair Michalek and Zibanejad, speed and skill, and add another speedy winger. Biggest problem (on defence) is that they are short a right handed shutdown defenceman (ZMichalek?) to partner with Wiercioch, and there's no room for Cowen or Phillips anymore if the team acquires one. Corvo is a one year acquisition, Gryba is depth, Borowiecki is depth.
Cowen or Phillips/Corvo or Gryba
Can we trade Garrioch, Sometimes I think the media likes to speculate a little too much. This is still a work in progress and is only in year three. Cowen does need to get more involved and certainly part of that involvement is his physical play. He also needs to think less offence more defence as he is not recognizing when the play gets turned over and goes the other way, often outnumbered attacks for the other team. As for goaltending I'll admit Anderson has not been spectacular but not many goalies are facing that many shots night after night, also add that the Senators have faced the cream of the crop in opposition since the beginning of the season with suspect officiating to boot and it's impressive they have gotten any points at all