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It's causing a bit of buzz right now, so I figured I'd draw attention to it: Erik Karlsson and Peter Regin did not attend practice today. Brent Wallace from TSN just tweeted that they are sick, which is almost certainly true. However, a lot of fans looking at the schedule have realized that this is quite convenient timing, so I'll explain why.
Speculation is running rampant with Karlsson missing practice because he has now played 9 games. If he is sent down to Binghamton or back to Sweden, then this year does not count as a year on his entry-level contract. Therefore, sending Karlsson down makes very good cap management sense for the Ottawa Senators, because it means that they could have a better Erik Karlsson next year (and the two years following) for the same price he's at currently. ~ Darren M., Silver Seven Sens
I did some digging around and found out that Don Brennan was discussing Karlsson on OTP. Here's what he had to say...
Have to admit, after Saturday's game against Boston I thought the Senators would be keeping Erik Karlsson around.
Now I don't.
Nobody has said anything, no decision will be announced until Tuesday or Wednesday, probably. But just by the way coach Cory Clouston was talking after practice this morning, I think they're going to ask their prized teenage prospect to go back to Sweden for another year of development.
They'd prefer to put Karlsson in Binghamton. Get him used to the North American lifestyle, the rink sizes and such. But by doing so, it would count as a year on his contract. I think they'd rather have that year when he was 22 rather than 19.
Karlsson has been the team's fifth or sixth best defenceman (depending on your thoughts about Chris Campoli) since Filip Kuba has been out. With Kuba almost ready to return, something has to give.
I'm betting Karlsson is heading back to Sweden and the Senators go to Brian Lee, who's playing in Binghamton, when they need another defenceman.
As Darren mentioned, it's convenient timing. Convenient timing indeed. But maybe not for the reasons outlined by the likes of Darren and Brennan.
If you had not noticed, the city of Ottawa is in a bit of a lull. The Senators hasn't played since Saturday night and their next game is on Wednesday. News has been sparse, although this has provided perfect timing for that 42-year old, Hep-C ridden, rock star porking Baywatch skank to get some headlines with some promotional work in the Byward Market.
Part of the problem has been that Cory Clouston compounded the problem by giving his players the day off following Saturday night's loss to the Bruins. Without the media providing a lifeline to what's going on, fans are starving for any kind of information -- be it line combinations, mundane player quotes, or which players are displaying flu-like symptoms.
Are fans reading too much into Karlsson's absence? Possibly.
And why would I think that? Because that's what Bryan Murray said.
"Whether he's here for every game or whatever this year, I don't know that, but 10 games won't be the trigger point. 10 games is not going to be the measure of Erik Karlsson."
Okay, so even if Karlsson does get sent back to the SEL, Bryan Murray technically wasn't lying -- 10 games wasn't the trigger point. Nine was/is/could be?
But in the meantime, couldn't we just analyse and dwell on the other shit that's going on? Or is it already tiresome to discuss Spezza and Cheechoo's inability to score? Or maybe it's boring to synonymously use the word enigma when referencing Kovalev's play? Or maybe fans feel content to just let Bruce Garrioch discuss the negative aspects of the season thus far.
Brian Campbell to Ottawa?
I was kind of shocked to see his name today in my emails and texts from sources. I will add some more possible destinations shortly, but the one aspect of all these sources that seems to be converging is that the Blackhawks are up to something bigger and trying to land a big-time scorer.
I am told that it is a pending UFA, so we may be talking about Savard or Frolov...however, Campbell is not the direct trade...he would go some place else...
As I am writing this, the first two possible teams that came through were Ottawa and the Islanders...
I am off to return some calls.
Word to the wise. If you get the swine flu, don't rush yourself back to normalcy. I am paying for that.
more to come . ~ Eklund
All I'm getting out of this is that Eklund has swine flu. (E5) The rest of it however, doesn't make any sense. Why would Bryan Murray ruin his team's depth and payroll structure to take on Brian Campbell?
Eugene Melnyk Launches Fundraising Initiative For Alpine Canada
The plan offers 3,000 special Alpine Canada memberships available via the website win2010.ca at a price of $100, which includes a two-year subscription to SRC (Ski Racing Canada) Magazine.
Members are also eligible to win one of over 700 prizes with a total value of more than $250,000, highlighted by an all-inclusive trip to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Melnyk, the Canadian businessman and Ottawa Senators owner, bought the first 300 memberships for his family and friends.
All proceeds go directly to fund costs of national ski team athletes competing in Vancouver. ~ CTV Olympics