Dziurzynski, 20, recently completed his third season in the Canadian Junior Hockey League and first with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League. The Bulldogs acquired his rights in a trade from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in July 2009.
During the 2009-10 season, Dziurzynski helped Alberni Valley place first in the BCHL’s Coastal Conference, scoring 21 goals while adding 53 assists and 79 penalty minutes over 57 games. He had 26 multi-point games, six of which were three-point games, four at four points and one contest at five.
The native of Lloydminster, Alta., led the Bulldogs in playoff scoring with nine goals, 10 assists and eight penalty minutes in 13 games. Alberni Valley fell four games to three to the Powell River Kings in their first appearance in the conference final.
The 6-3, 205-pound forward played the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons for the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats. Dziurzynski scored 12 goals and added 25 assists for 37 points while also serving 185 penalty minutes in 54 games in 2008-09. He had eight goals, 12 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 52 games for Lloydminster in 2007-08.
Hopefully be back soon with an Alfie tribute. Stay tuned.
Jared Cowen Autographed Jersey T-Shirt Contest Continued...
Since I'm enjoying the recent challenge so much and seeing as how tomorrow is Daniel Alfredsson's 1000th game, keep submitting those MS Paint pictures depicting Alfie. I'll publish them all tomorrow. Email yours to
. Here is my favorite thus far...
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...
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.”
Here's your challenge for the day, since Daniel Alfredsson will be playing in his 1000th game against the Florida Panthers early this week, I'd like our readers to submit us an original Microsoft Paint picture of Alfie.
Get 'em in and hopefully we can post all the submissions for his big day.
Life in the nation's capital is pretty good right now. The hockey teams -- the Olympiques, 67's and the Senators -- are all in the playoffs, the weather has been fantastic, golf courses are open, and the Ottawa Sun's Digital Faceoff has pertinent information that goes beyond Tim Baines' VHS tape collection.
Here's a look at the bevy of information that flowed out of the Blackberries of Bruce Garrioch, Tim Baines and Don Brennan. Once I've bulleted the important stuff, I'll post my thoughts on each respective comment below:
GARRIOCH: I’m not convinced Anton wants to leave Ottawa. I always keep thinking he’ll stay here when push comes to shove. They offered him a five-year deal. I’m sure he wants to see how this team does in the playoffs.
GARRIOCH: He (Cheechoo) has worked hard down there, but it’s not going to do him any good. He might catch on with an NHL team somewhere else next year once he gets bought out at the end of the season.
BAINES: I love Kovie saying his “slump” was a media creation. I’d say if you’re paid to score goals and you don’t score any goals for a dozen games or so, you’re in a slump. I guess the guy sees things a bit differently. Can’t slag him for that.
GARRIOCH: Hard to beat Major League for baseball movies.
BRENNAN: Bobby Butler (he looked great against the ’Canes, I thought).
Getting into the semantics of Bruce's Volchenkov contract, I have to assume that Volchenkov is sitting on a 5-year deal. It's a bit of a good news/bad news situation for Senators fans. On one hand, it seems as though he has an offer that he's actually entertaining from the Senators. On the other hand, if Ottawa fizzles out in the first round against a tough playoff matchup like New Jersey or Pittsburgh, Volchenkov may test the market.
Hearing that Jonathan Cheechoo will likely get bought out is interesting from the standpoint that with a year left on his deal, Ottawa could simply leave him in Binghamton next season for the purposes of not having a buyout affect the team's cap situation. Provided that Ottawa buys out Cheechoo, here's how the situation would unfold:
Since Cheechoo is older than 26 years of age, any buyout would have to be for 2/3rds of the remaining value on his contract.
Even though his contract has an average cap hit of $3.0M, a buyout would have to be 2/3rds of the remaining $3.5M value that he is owed for next season.
His buyout would be $2.33M spread out evenly over twice the remaining years on his contract.
Consequently, his cap hit on a contract would be $1.166M for the next two seasons.
Considering that the actual real dollar savings of buying out Cheechoo would only be just over one million dollars, is it worth losing one million cap dollars for each of the next two seasons? I'm not convinced. I knew at the time that the Euge's 9 million sold BioVail shares would come in handy at some point.
Way too many people are getting caught up in this Kovalev slump circlejerk. As Tim alluded to in this week's podcast, Kovalev's being brutally honest when he says he's not in a slump and it's true. Although his production isn't there, it's not like his work ethic hasn't changed one iota during this stretch of games. It hasn't. He still resembles the player who always looks like he has much more to offer.
When I think of Kovalev, I'm reminded of Dany Heatley in the sense that the difference between a good Kovalev game and a bad Kovalev game is 1-2 goals. When either of Heatley or Kovalev aren't putting up points, their impact upon a game is small.
Complaining about the inconsistency of production from 36-year old at this stage of the season is asanine. He has arrived and played in Ottawa as advertised. As a secondary scorer who should put up 50+ plus points per season, accept it and move on. Management took a gamble hoping that this would be a guy who could catch fire in a bottle. Considering that the UFA market alternatives either didn't want to come here or required to be overcompensated by term and money (Havlat, Cammalleri, Gionta), a short term deal on a guy who can at times catch lightning in a bottle and carry a team offensively was worth the risk. In retrospect, imagine that the team never signed him. Could you try and envision how utterly depressing the season could have been with either of Ryan Shannon or Jonathan Cheechoo flanking Mike Fisher on the second line for the bulk of the season.
The panel needs some modern baseball movies to round out the list. If you're a fan of baseball movies, be sure to rent Sugar and 61.
As mentioned on the latest podcast, 'round these parts, Bobby Butler will henceforth be known as The Marlboro Man. (Ed. note: He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts.)
Since Tim is a bit of a Senators memoribilia nut, as today's challenge for the Jared Cowen autographed t-shirt contest, I want readers to scan or take pictures of their favorite or most random piece of Senators memoribilia and email it to us so that we can publish it in an upcoming feature here on the website. Get them in and send as many photos as you want.
The 6th Sens Podcast -- Episode 18
We recorded it last night. As always, you can subscribe/download/stream the episode or entire catalogue of episodes from Itunes. Or you can download the file by right-clicking and saving this file. Or you can simply stream the episode below. We hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, please leave us some feedback in the comment thread below. Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy the show.
Here's the tracklist for the podcast: Pete Townsend Rough Boys; Husker Du Turn On the News; and Interpol Not Even Jail.
Here's today's challenge: For seventeen episodes, Tim and I have been recording podcasts for the website. As part of the process, we've tried to include having a featured guest for each episode. So here's your challenge, contact an individual -- blogger/journalist/hockey player -- whom we've never had on the program. (Ed. note: The list can be found under the Podcast menu listed at the top of the website.) Send this person an email, CC us on the email, and we'll see what happens.