Far for it to be that I pose questions about hockey club that I don’t support, but what on earth is wrong with the Ottawa Senators? I mean really not only did their loss to the Leafs on Saturday cost me my proline ticket, but it also gained the Leafs 2 points in the standings that I’m not interested in them gaining at this point in their development. If I was a Sens fan I would be scratching my head right about now.
From what I can see the Senators have been an uber talented hockey squad for a number of years now. Always being at or at least in view of the top of the NHL table. They have been privvy to many of disapointments and thought perhaps that a bit of tinkering here and there would solve their ills.
First it was that they didn’t have enough sandpaper to compete with the Leafs back when the Leafs routinely whisked them away in the playoffs (coincidentally that was also a time when the Leafs made the playoffs). The Sens ended up developing players like Chris Neil and they signed or traded for the likes of Rob Ray along the way with marginal results to follow.
Secondly there’s the never ending issue of quality goaltending. Ottawa, it would appear is where goaltenders go to flounder. There’s a laundry list of goalies that have applied their trade in by-town only to have their skills erode when they are wearing the little trojan man crest on the front of their jersey. Paddy Lalime, Ronnie Tugnutt, Dom Hasek and now Marty Gerber have all fallen victim to the Ottawa goaltending curse. Even last year’s scapegoat Ray Emery, who has been vanished to Siberia, added to their goaltending woes.
All of this leads me to believes me to question the leadership being offered by their captain Daniel Alfredsson. If the Toronto Maple Leafs were to have floundered like the Ottawa Senators (believe me as a Leaf Fan I wish we could have the opportunity to do so, so in a way I’m jealous) people would be all over the fact that Mats Sundin was a timid leader and he would be skewered by everyone. Captain Alfredsson seems immune to this talk and anyone that I have ever spoken to about the Sens think he’s the cat’s cradle.
To have all this talent before you and not to have won the holy grail doesn’t make sense to me. How can a goaltender with an attitude problem like Rayzor Emery be allowed to such a divisive force on a team that started out the season 15 and 1? To me the leadership of Alfredsson must be called into question. If his leadership isn’t the problem then I would like some Ottawa Senators fans to enlighten me on what they think the problem is.