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  • 2 hours Chmelevski scores five goals to lead 67’s past Battalion Ottawasun
    For Sasha Chmelevski, it was a day and a game he won’t soon forget. For the Ottawa 67’s, it was another two points and an exclamation point on how good and deep this junior hockey team is. With 44 wins and 93 points, they’re running away with first place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. The 19-year-old Chmelevski, selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks, scored five goals during Monday afternoon’s Family Day festivities at The Arena at TD Place in front of more than 5,000 fans. The 67’s beat the North Bay Battalion ... more
  • 3 hours Craig Anderson’s milestone game will have to wait Ottawasun
    CHICAGO — Craig Anderson will have to play the waiting game. The Ottawa Senators’ top goaltender wanted to suit up for his 600th career game Monday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, but an eye injury he suffered last week after taking a tennis ball in the eye in the gym hasn’t cleared up yet. Though Anderson dressed as the backup and took part in the optional morning skate, he wasn’t able to play and Anders Nilsson got the start. more
  • 1 day Andy Shields goes back to back to win Gatineau Loppet 51K Free technique Ottawasun
    Andy Shields could feel his legs burning, his body was telling him to stop. But as a cross-country skier who’s competed on a world stage, the 27-year-old with strong local roots pushed on, winning the Gatineau Loppet’s 51K Free technique race Sunday. It was his second straight win – on Saturday, he took the lead with about 30K to go and with a time of 2:35:57.8 beat Gatineau’s Dominique Moncion-Groulx by almost 40 seconds. On Sunday, he battled right to the finish line at Mont-Bleu High School – his time of 2:17:20.4 was just one second ahead of Francis Izquierdo-Bernier of ... more
  • 1 day No shortage of trade talk surrounding Matt Duchene in the Windy City Ottawasun
    CHICAGO — Matt Duchene’s days with the Ottawa Senators appear to be numbered. No place like the Windy City to get the winds of change of blowing. As the Ottawa Senators touched down here Sunday to prepare to face the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night at the United Center, there was plenty of speculation surrounding the futures of unrestricted free agents Mark Stone, Duchene and Ryan Dzingel with the NHL trade deadline only a week away. A league executive said Sunday midway through last week, the Senators quietly started making calls to see what they can get in return for Duchene ... more
  • 1 day GAMEDAY: Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks Ottawasun
    Ottawa (22-31-5) at Chicago (24-26-9) Monday, 8:30 p.m., United Center TSN5, TSN 1200, Unique 94.5 FM SPECIAL TEAMS OTT: PP 21.7% (10th); PK 77.4% (26th) CHI: PP 21.3% (13th); PK 73.6% (31st)   THE BIG MATCHUP Ryan Dzingel vs. Patrick Kane This could be Dzingel’s final game in Ottawa uniform and he might play it in his hometown. Coming off a two-point effort — including the game winning goal in overtime — Saturday in Winnipeg, Dzingel always like the chance to play in Chicago. Shutting down Kane is a key for the Senators. He’s on a 17 game point streak ... more
  • 1 day Shields, McTavish win 51K Classic races on beautiful Gatineau Loppet day Ottawasun
    Under brilliant blue skies, with wisps of clouds occasionally shielding the sun, Andy Shields made good on a strategy and won the 51K Classic race at the Gatineau Loppet Saturday. On Sunday, with the weather expected to be much the same, he’s hoping to grab a spot at the top of the podium again as he competes in the 51K Freestyle. In Saturday’s race, the 27-year-old Shields took the lead with about 30K to go and never looked back, with his time of 2:35:57.8 beating Gatineau’s Dominique Moncion-Groulx (2:36:37.3) by almost 40 seconds. Olivier Hamel of Levis, QC, was less ... more
  • 2 days EDITORIAL: Minister MacLeod, say sorry the right way Ottawasun
    Apologies aren’t all that complicated. You say something like: “I am really, really sorry.” You say it in person. And you mean it. Nine times out of 10, you’ll be quickly forgiven. Instead, it took Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, the MPP for Nepean, more than a day to tap out a rather lame tweet: “I apologize if my comments made anyone feel threatened or uncomfortable.” That’s pretty lukewarm. We know MacLeod can do better. Here’s the back story on why she should: On Wednesday, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, which includes therapists and others treating kids with autism, ... more
  • 2 days YOU SAID IT: Treatment by PM despicable Ottawasun
    TREATMENT BY PM DESPICABLE I think the treatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould by the PM has been despicable. He refuses to lift the solicitor-client restriction to allow her to defend herself and then attacks a helpless target (Wilson-Raybould) in the media nonstop. I think she should sue the PM for wrongful dismissal and then any pertinent information would be accessible. It is possible that our PM would have to reinstate her as justice minister. At the very least, he would have to explain why he fired her. This woman stands up and says no and is no longer the justice minister. Then ... more
  • 2 days PRENDERGAST: New Auxiliary Bishop Guy Desrochers to be ordained this week Ottawasun
    Next Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Finnan Cathedral in Alexandria, before more than 20 bishops from across Canada, I will ordain the Redemptorist priest, Guy Desrochers, as my Auxiliary Bishop. He will serve as a bishop in the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese — the civic counties of Glengarry and Stormont — and will assist me in bringing that diocese and the Archdiocese of Ottawa into a new episcopal entity. In preparation, he made a personal retreat to ready himself spiritually. More recently, he has been planning the liturgy and acquiring vestments, a crozier, a mitre and other episcopal accoutrements. Since the mid-twelfth ... more
  • 2 days GARRIOCH GAME REPORT: Sens’ men of the moment, Stone, Dzingel, Duchene, lead the way Ottawasun
    Senators 4, Jets 3 (OT) WINNIPEG — Mark Stone didn’t disappoint in his return to his hometown. Fans of the Winnipeg Jets hope it was a glimpse of what the future could hold. With the trade speculation at a feverish pitch with the deadline set for Feb. 25, Ryan Dzingel scored the winner in overtime to complete a two-point night while Stone and Matt Duchene also chipped in two points each as the Senators scored a 4-3 victory over the Jets at Bell MTS Place. Rudolfs Balcers also beat Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit as the Senators scored their first win here ... more
  • 2 days Don’t hold your breath waiting for another big Ottawa Redblacks signing Ottawasun
    There’s been a lot of chatter out there in RNation the past few days about the Ottawa Redblacks still having plenty of money to spend. The assumption is that, because the Redblacks chose not to/couldn’t re-sign several key players from the 2018 team that advanced to the Grey Cup — losing 27-16 to the Calgary Stampeders — they are way below the Canadian Football League salary cap, which was $5.2 million a year ago, but won’t be determined for the coming season until a new collective agreement is in place. The truth, though, may be both surprising and stinging for ... more
  • 3 days YOU SAID IT: Don’t tip them off Ottawasun
    DON’T TIP THEM OFF I couldn’t believe my ears! This week, while driving home from work, listening to my favourite Ottawa sports radio station, the news update comes on. Nothing unusual until they announced that cellphone users should be wary because the next school bus they see may have Ottawa police riding those buses in an effort to catch hands-free violators. What mental midget approved that announcement? I would file that under “obstruction of the law.” I would think our police chief would have something to say about that. These irresponsible drivers are responsible for destroying families, causing deaths and ... more
  • 3 days 67’s lay the smackdown on Bulldogs Ottawasun
    By the time the Ottawa 67’s regular season ends a month from Sunday, communications ace Alex Pilote could be working overtime doing a re-write on the 51-year-old franchise record book. The sizzling 67’s continued their assault on the single-season, franchise record 104 points set by the 1996-97 edition on the strength of a hat trick by Kyle Maksimovich to turn back the Hamilton Bulldogs 8-1 Friday night in The Arena at TD Place before a Winterlude crowd of 3,078. The win stretched the 67’s amazing run to over a full calendar month without a loss in regulation, giving the 67’s ... more
  • 3 days Ottawa 67’s continue on the amazing run, burying the Bulldogs Ottawasun
    67’s 8, Bulldogs 1 By the time the Ottawa 67’s regular season ends a month from Sunday, communications ace Alex Pilote could be working overtime doing a rewrite on the 51-year-old franchise record book. The sizzling 67’s continued their assault on the single-season franchise record 104 points set by the 1996-97 edition on the strength of a hat trick by Kyle Maksimovich to turn back the Hamilton Bulldogs 8-1 Friday night in The Arena at TD Place before a Winterlude crowd of 3,078. The win stretched the 67’s amazing run to over a full calendar month without a loss in ... more
  • 3 days Ryan Dzingel noticeable by his absence Friday, but it was minor injury, not a trade Ottawasun
    WINNIPEG — Little things mean a lot at this time of the year. As the clock ticks toward the NHL trade deadline, there was plenty of talk among the assembled media when winger Ryan Dzingel wasn’t on the ice Friday afternoon for the Ottawa Senators’ skate at Bell MTS Place. One of the club’s big three unrestricted free agents, the immediate thought was there was a trade brewing, however that wasn’t the case. No, he hadn’t been dealt, he’s just nursing a minor injury and was kept off the ice for precautionary reasons. Dzingel is expected to face the Jets ... more
  • 3 days GARRIOCH: The trade talk won’t stop as the Senators prepare for Winnipeg Ottawasun
    WINNIPEG — As if there wasn’t enough talk about the Ottawa Senators making a deal with the Winnipeg Jets, the discussions hit another level Friday. As the Ottawa Senators prepare to face the Jets on Saturday night at Bell MTS Place, there is no shortage of speculation surrounding the futures of alternate captains Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, along with Ryan Dzingel, who would also become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. With the NHL trade deadline set for Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., the trade winds were blowing even harder Friday when Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff showed up at ... more
  • 3 days Snapshots: The Senators will be without Mark Borowiecki for at least a week Ottawasun
    WINNIPEG — The Senators will have to go out without veteran defenceman Mark Borowiecki for this entire four-game trip. He stayed in Ottawa after blocking a shot Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes and tests revealed he has a deep bone bruise. The hope was he would be able to join the team on the road, but general manager Pierre Dorion told reporters Friday that won’t be the case and he won’t play before next week at home. Losing Borowiecki is a big blow for the Senators. He plays important minutes and the club is already young on the blueline. ... more
  • 3 days Dispute over signing bonus led QB Trevor Harris out of Ottawa and into Edmonton Ottawasun
    Fresh off signing a new contract that will pay him $525,000 — with a big signing bonus — to be the starting quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2019 CFL season, Trevor Harris says he would have taken less to stay with the Ottawa Redblacks. How close was the 32-year-old to staying in Ottawa? He actually had a verbal agreement in place (dating back to December 2017), but a back-and-forth disagreement over bonus money sealed his exit, with the Redblacks re-signing Dominique Davis and adding former B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathan Jennings to replace Harris. Harris, who agreed to take ... more
  • 3 days Former Carleton Ravens star Nate Behar excited to sign with Redblacks Ottawasun
    Maybe it was the fact he was returning to his home away from home, maybe it was the opportunity to tap into the potential that so many saw when he was a star receiver with the Carleton Ravens or maybe it was the recruiting phone call he got from Ottawa Redblacks coach Rick Campbell. But receiver Nate Behar makes it pretty clear in a phone conversation Friday — he’s excited to be a Redblack, signing a one-year deal. “It doesn’t really seem real yet. But it’s a thing and here we are,” said Behar, drafted fifth overall by the Edmonton ... more
  • 4 days YOU SAID IT: No need to rush LRT Ottawasun
    NO NEED TO RUSH LRT So the LRT might not be running at the end of March. Yes, it is the third delivery date change for the LRT. So? I am sure that all of us has had due date changes in our past. A new home being ready later than promised. Home repairs taking longer than predicted. A scheduled operation. A car trip being longer. Things happen along the developments. Until the delivery date of the LRT, buses are still running. We seem to be in a hurry for something that we never had. To me, it is better ... more
  • 4 days WALKER: Judgment won’t help us fight drug addiction, we need to do better Ottawasun
    I stood beside the stage at the eighth annual Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala last weekend, to support mental health, intending to take photos of a brilliant young friend who was a speaker. I knew Prab Sumra had had substance-abuse challenges in the past. She’s been clean for five years. “There’s life after addiction,” she says. “My life now is about empowering other people who are struggling. I want to work with young people who are challenged and to help them overcome their issues.” Sumra took to the stage in a stunning turquoise Indian sari, looking very confident, so full of ... more
  • 4 days WARREN GAME REPORT: Red Wings hold off Senators as road trip begins with yet another defeat Ottawasun
    Red Wings 3, Senators 2  DETROIT — The long climb out of the NHL basement continues to be an exercise in frustration for the Ottawa Senators. With trade talk continuing to circulate around the Senators’ biggest names in advance of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, the team was presented Thursday with a golden opportunity to close within two points of the Detroit Red Wings. While they had their chances and controlled lengthy portions of the game here at the Little Caesars Arena, ultimately their 3-2 loss amounted to little more than yet another road defeat — their 20th in 27 contests ... more
  • 4 days Redblacks lose two all-stars on D while not bringing home much from the market Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Redblacks had another uneven day on the free agent market Thursday. Once again, they lost much more than they brought back. As opposed to Tuesday’s purge of their top four offensive players, this time they were hit on defence.  And it wasn’t just a tap. All-star defensive back/linebacker Rico Murray was signed by the Hamilton Ticats, while all-star defensive end A.C. Leonard went back to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The bigger loss is Murray.  In one season with the Redblacks, the 31-year old native of Cincinnati was a popular teammate and a leader on defence. He was also tied for ... more
  • 5 days YOU SAID IT: Ford government needs a lesson Ottawasun
    A LESSON IN EARLY EDUCATION I suspect that our premier does not know or care about the distinction between a teacher and a special educator in his bid to eliminate Kindergarten. Before my retirement, I was a special educator in the French Public School System in Ottawa. Kindergarten is vital in preparing children for succeeding school years. A special educator with three years’ College experience does not have the expertise of a teacher with five years in evaluation techniques. The expertise of the former lies in dealing with the student in small groups, such as those who have autism, or ... more
  • 5 days 67’s keep rolling with victory against Frontenacs Ottawasun
    67’s 4, Frontenacs 2 Sasha Chmelevski had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa 67’s to a 4-2 victory against the Kingston Frontenacs in an Ontario Hockey League game at Kingston on Wednesday night. Lucas Chiodo, Austen Keating and Merrick Rippon also scored for the 67’s against Frontenacs starting netminder Marshall Frappier, who was replaced by Brendan Bonello for the last half of the contest. Together, they faced 33 shots. Will Cranley, recently recalled by the 67’s to replace Mikey DiPietro, himself called up to the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks on an emergency basis, made 19 saves ... more
  • 5 days Redblacks have the cash and the need, but don’t expect them to go big for Walker Ottawasun
    It’s very unlikely to happen as it goes against their new philosophical approach to a salary cap that has yet to be determined, but the Redblacks really should make a big splash Thursday, on Day 3 of free agency. They have the money to do so, no matter what the spending limit is. They can afford to sign a standout receiver that would help soothe the loss of Diontae Spencer to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Greg Ellingson to the Edmonton Eskimos. Hence, they should reel in Derel Walker. Just to get better. And just for the fun of it. ... more
  • 5 days Belleville to host rookie tournament featuring Senators, Jets and Canadiens Ottawasun
    The Winnipeg Jets will join the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at the 2019 rookie showcase in Belleville on Sept. 6-9. The tournament, which has in the past also included the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, has previously been played in London, Toronto and Laval. During last year’s event in Laval, Senators standouts included Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Alex Formenton, Max Lajoie and Christian Wolanin. “We are thrilled that the Senators, Canadiens and Jets have all agreed to showcase their prospects at CAA Arena in what will most certainly be a memorable weekend of hockey in the Bay of ... more
  • 5 days GAME DAY: Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings Ottawasun
    Ottawa (21-30-5) at Detroit (22-28-7) Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Little Caesars Arena. TV: TSN5. Radio: TSN 1200 AM, Unique 94.5 FM SPECIAL TEAMS OTT: PP 20.5% (15th); PK 76.8% (26th) DET: PP 16.7% (24th); PK 77.8% (24th) THE BIG MATCHUP Bobby Ryan vs. Gustav Nyquist Ryan isn’t hearing his name in trade rumours before the 2019 National Hockey League trade deadline, but he has played better this season. The Senators winger had an assist on the only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. He has 14 goals and seven assists in 41 career games against the ... more
  • 5 days Senators pick up the pieces and pack for an uncertain future Ottawasun
    Ottawa Senators players woke up like most of the people in the city Wednesday morning, facing the challenge of the onslaught that was dumped on them the night before. After yielding a third period four-spot to the Carolina Hurricanes in front of a one-third full Canadian Tire Centre, it’s time to dig out from under the mess, as they embark on a four-game road trip that begins against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday. Yet while they are trying to sing the standard tune about being professionals and putting the past behind them, they are also facing the reality that one, ... more
  • 5 days Redblacks sign ex-Lions QB Jonathon Jennings Ottawasun
    The Redblacks have wasted no time in adding another quarterback. The team announced Wednesday afternoon it has come to terms with former B.C. Lions pivot Jonathon Jennings on a one-year deal with that would see him compete for the No. 1 job with Dominique Davis. An earlier report stated that Jennings chose Ottawa over an offer from the Toronto Argos. “We are very excited to add a player of Jonathon’s pedigree to our roster,” Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins said in a statement. “His experience and ability will add depth and competition to the Redblacks QB position.” The Redblacks lost their ... more
  • 6 days You Said It: Life without living Ottawasun
    LIFE WITHOUT LIVING Montreal’s Michel Cadotte is on trial for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Jocelyne, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. It is one thing to disagree with this man ending his wife’s life by suffocating her. It’s another to not understand why he did. For 10 years, I visited my mother weekly. During those 10 years, there wasn’t one time I didn’t leave her and sit in my car looking up, asking God to take her tonight. Because “He” didn’t, for 10 years she lived without living. I think back now to my ... more
  • 6 days Teen goalie Mikey DiPietro holding his head high despite rough NHL start for Canucks Ottawasun
    WINDSOR — It was a tough situation for 19-year-old Mikey DiPietro. With the Vancouver Canucks on an emergency basis because goalie Thatcher Demko is out with a sprained knee, DiPietro found himself thrust into the role of National Hockey League starter on Monday after Jacob Markstrom experienced lower body tightness earlier in the day. “We thought (Markstrom) was going to be able to play,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “But then he felt tightness; we didn’t want to run the risk (of further injury). We need him here down the stretch.” Enter DiPietro, who was traded from the Ontario ... more
  • 6 days Senators snowed under after late Hurricane rally Ottawasun
    Hurricanes 4, Senators 1 Snow much for the brief winning streak and the extended run of superb penalty killing. On a night when the raging snowstorm outside resulted in a mostly empty Canadian Tire Centre, the end result was all about a late Hurricane rally. Warrenspiece: Goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson relishes first taste of NHL Senators defenceman Cody Ceci is focusing on playing, not on trade rumours The Carolina Hurricanes erased an Ottawa Senators lead with a four-goal third-period explosion, including a pair of power-play goals that broke open a 1-1 tie. With Thomas Chabot and Cody Ceci ... more
  • 6 days Redblacks hit hard on first day of CFL free agency, losing four offensive starters Ottawasun
    With all due respect to Brad Sinopoli, the Ottawa Redblacks lost the four best players on their offence within the opening hours of Canadian Football League free agency on Tuesday. Three of them were snatched away by the Edmonton Eskimos, whose general manager Brock Sunderland and head coach Jason Maas were Ottawa’s assistant GM (2013-2016) and offensive co-ordinator (2015) before heading west. Risky business: Redblacks taking a chance on Dominique Davis as QB The good news? After dusting off the carnage, Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins has approximately $1 million in extra money to spend, with the salary cap ... more
  • 6 days Risky business: Redblacks taking a chance on Dominique Davis as QB Ottawasun
    It’s hard to imagine there were many tears shed when the Ottawa Redblacks parted company with Trevor Harris. First of all, the team clearly did not want to re-sign its No. 1 quarterback badly enough. The Redblacks had no issue offering Harris two years, while it’s believed they also dangled a salary in the neighbourhood of $500,000.  Redblacks hit hard on first day of CFL free agency, losing four offensive starters That would have been a $75,000 raise from what Harris made last year, but still $50,000 less than the average annual haul he gets in 2019 and ... more
  • 6 days Warrenspiece: Goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson relishes first taste of NHL Ottawasun
    If, as the Ottawa Senators hope, Filip Gustavsson eventually develops into their goaltender of the future years from now, he might leave out a small detail about how and why he dressed for a National Hockey League game for the first time. It’s all about an errant tennis ball. As Gustavsson’s good luck and Craig Anderson’s bad luck would have it, the Senators’ 20-year-old goaltending prospect was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League for Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes because of another freak injury to Anderson, the winningest goaltender in franchise history. Senators defenceman Cody Ceci ... more
  • 6 days Senators defenceman Cody Ceci is focusing on playing, not on trade rumours Ottawasun
    Cody Ceci is doing his job and ignoring the distractions. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of talk surrounding the future of the Ottawa Senators defenceman going into the National Hockey League trade deadline on Feb. 25. While there has been great speculation regarding what general manager Pierre Dorion will do with potential free-agent forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, the 25-year-old Ceci is also often mentioned in the rumour mill. Warrenspiece: Goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson relishes first taste of NHL As the Senators leave Wednesday for a four-game, eight-day road trip, Ceci might want to ... more
  • 6 days Redblacks lose three key players to Eskimos as CFL free agent market opens Ottawasun
    So much for Trevor Harris’ strong desire to remain with the Redblacks. The 32-year old quarterback was quickly out the door as the CFL free agency period started Tuesday afternoon, becoming one of three prominent Redblacks to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos. Harris, wide receiver Greg Ellingson and offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers were reunited with Eskimos GM Brock Sunderland and coach Jason Maas, who were formerly an assistant GM and assistant coach with the Redblacks, respectively. “I’m excited to join the City of Champions and Edmonton Eskimos led by Brock Sunderland and Jason Maas,” Harris said in a statement on ... more
  • 7 days Senators gameday versus Hurricanes Ottawasun
    Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre. TV: TSN5, RDS. Radio: TSN 1200-AM, Unique 94,5-FM Five Keys To The Game: Climbing the standings: After impressive back-to-back wins over Anaheim and Winnipeg, the Senators are within two points of New Jersey for 30th overall. Anders goes for three in a row: Anders Nilsson, who has stopped 89 of 90 shots in the wins over the Ducks and Jets, will be in the net as the Senators aim to put a dent in the Hurricanes playoff hopes. Nine-year itch: The underdog Hurricanes won’t go away in the fight ... more
  • 7 days YOU SAID IT: Smokey’s views too funny Ottawasun
    SMOKEY’S VIEWS TOO FUNNY Re: Affordability Crisis; Ford’s dead wrong on issue, guest column, Feb. 4 I must admit that your guest columnist, Smokey Thomas, really made me laugh with his hilarious comments. Imagine someone in the public service in Ontario saying that we’ve had “25 years of austerity and deep cuts in Ontario”. This from a group that, after years of Liberal party largesse, gets paid 20 per cent more than private sector workers doing the same work, plus a generous defined benefit pension and pretty much no fear of being fired even for complete incompetence.  Some austerity! He also ... more
  • 7 days Redblacks have key holes to fill on offence as free agent market set to open Ottawasun
    By the eve of CFL free agency, Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins had cut about halfway into his off-season to-do list. He also managed to keep a complete secret his plan on offence. According to the CFL.ca official free agent tracker, Desjardins had extended 15 players but still has 16 more without a contract as Tuesday’s 12 p.m. deadline approaches. Ten of the Redblacks heading toward free agency are in their 30s. Most glaring among those unsigned are the team’s No. 1 quarterback (Trevor Harris), starting left tackle (SirVincent Rogers), top two running backs (William Powell, Mossis Madu), and best import ... more
  • 7 days It’s not about the money for Trevor Harris, the QB Redblacks can’t afford to lose Ottawasun
    If it hasn’t happened by the time you read this, just hang tight. It’s only a matter of minutes. Tens or hundreds, maybe, but minutes nonetheless. Know this: At some point before the clock strikes noon on Tuesday, the Redblacks will re-sign quarterback Trevor Harris to a multi-year extension. Fear not that they will let him hit the free agent market when it opens at 12:01 p.m. It ain’t happening … despite what you may be hearing. How can we be so sure? Because on Nov. 27, two days after coming up short in a 27-16 Grey Cup final, Harris ... more
  • 1 week Ottawa Senators bracing for the storm, on and off the ice Ottawasun
    With a winter storm and the Hurricanes coming Tuesday, the new favourite game for Ottawa Senators fans is to ask the “what next” questions. What would the roster look like when and if Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel are traded away? How could the Senators possibly plug the holes left by the departure of their three 25-goal scorers, three of their top six forwards? Would the organization take a leap of faith and open front-line spots to the suddenly red-hot Belleville stars, including Drake Batherson and Logan Brown? They are very real questions, looming on the not so ... more
  • 1 week Warrenspiece: Borowiecki stands up for Condors; Batherson and Brown take flight in Belleville; Archibald goes the extra miles Ottawasun
    Mark Borowiecki is making no apologies for using whatever voice he has to address an injustice. The rugged Ottawa Senators defenceman is livid at what he calls the “bureaucratic nonsense” that led to a pair of Capital City Condors players being banned from playing in a special needs hockey tournament in Kitchener next weekend. Tournament organizers said Tysen Lefebvre and Lucas Hooper were ineligible to play due to the fact they use a Kaye Trainer, a specialized aid that allows them to move around the ice. “That doesn’t make sense to me,” said Borowiecki, who serves as honourary captain of ... more
  • 1 week YOU SAID IT: My body, not theirs Ottawasun
    MY BODY, NOT THEIRS Re: Number of organ donors up — so’s wait, Feb. 6 The Trillium Gift of Life Network is a very worthwhile organization and has been instrumental in getting hundreds of thousands to sign donor cards. The problem is that even if I decide I want to donate any or all of my body, medical authorities still have to contact my next of kin for confirmation. That is nonsense. They have no say in what I choose to do with my corpse, so anything that can be extracted should be extracted. Ronnie Gavsie (Trillium’s president and CEO) should ... more
  • 1 week GIBBONS: It was a tough week for Transit Week Challenge Ottawasun
    Like an old diesel bus, the Transit Week Challenge wheezed to the finish line of a long, at times painful journey yesterday, a good idea made bad by crappy weather, grumpy customers and too many Twitter-addicted councillors volunteering breathless updates of their journeys home each night, as though navigating a trip to the Moon. The plan was cooked up innocently enough by some smart, well-intentioned community transit activists who wanted elected reps to spend an entire week living like regular folk — you know, standing along frozen city streets before daylight praying for buses that never seem to arrive or ... more
  • 1 week SNAPSHOTS: Anders Nilsson has stepped up for Senators Ottawasun
    The goaltending decision for the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night will suddenly be interesting. Most times this season, Craig Anderson would have been the automatic choice to face the Carolina Hurricanes as the Senators close out a three-game homestand at the Canadian Tire Centre. After Monday’s skate, coach Guy Boucher and goalie coach Pierre Groulx will have to mull over the decision on who will start because the last two times backup Anders Nilsson has played he’s secured victories and has stopped 89 of the 91 shots he’s faced in those wins. more
  • 1 week WHAT WILL DORION DO? Trade deadline looms large for Ottawa Senators Ottawasun
    The calm before the storm? All was quiet Sunday as the Ottawa Senators enjoyed a day off after a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre Saturday afternoon with a performance led by goals from unrestricted free agents Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel. With the NHL trade deadline set for Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. EST now only two weeks away, there will be clarity this week on whether the Senators are going to sign any or all three players or if general manager Pierre Dorion will begin listening to offers to see what he ... more
  • 1 week Editorial: Stop picking on the police in Ottawa’s city budget Ottawasun
    Police Chief Charles Bordeleau showed up at city council last week with a 2019 budget pitch for Ottawa’s cops that he thought was realistic. Mayor Jim Watson felt differently and delivered a rhetorical slap to the chief’s efforts. Where does that leave public safety in our city? Well, first some background. The mayor, in a move we mostly endorse, wants to keep the city’s portion of your property-tax increase to three per cent, maximum. Good; we all want fiscal responsibility. The police, however, believe they need a 5.1 per cent increase in their budget to meet the growing demands the ... more
  • 1 week You Said It: This story won’t go away Ottawasun
    THIS STORY WON’T GO AWAY Re: We need real answers; PM offers shaky denial of interference in corruption case, column, Feb. 8 This story is quickly growing legs, with even Liberal-friendly Maclean’s magazine actually advocating that an inquiry is needed to rout out the truth. Certainly SNC-Lavalin has been a consistent financial donor to the Liberal party and its CEO recently pled guilty in a super-hospital fraud case. The sudden demotion of thought-to-be Liberal “rising star” attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to a junior Veteran’s Affairs ministry raises all sorts of questions. I doubt very much whether the media or the ... more
  • 1 week Nilsson and Borowiecki to march for LGBQT cause Sunday Ottawasun
    Anders Nilsson will step out of the crease and onto the streets of Ottawa for a cause close to his family Sunday. “Hopefully, it’s going to be a really fun event,” Nilsson said of taking part in Ottawa’s Capital Pride March. Nilsson proudly wears a rainbow flag on the back of his mask in support of the LGBQT community. He and his wife have friends who are homosexual. Due to scheduling conflicts in his previous NHL homes, he has never been able to take part in a walk, but the Senators have an off day from the rink Sunday. “It’s ... more
  • 1 week WARREN: Jaros steps up to help shut down Winnipeg’s stars Ottawasun
    As hard as it is to take your eyes off the Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel trade or sign watch — the trio put on quite the show in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets — there is some other intrigue surrounding the Ottawa Senators. For those who allow themselves to look beyond the short-term for down-the-road hope, the opportunities being granted a few of the kids in the lineup are astounding. When the puck dropped Saturday afternoon against the legitimate Stanley Cup-contending Winnipeg Jets, defenceman Christian Jaros was on the ice, charged with helping shut down ... more
  • 1 week Ottawa 67’s regain winning form, close out road trip by edging Bulldogs Ottawasun
    67’s 4, Bulldogs 3 Kody Clark’s power-play goal with 6:12 remaining in third period proved to be the difference as the Ottawa 67’s edged the Bulldogs in an Ontario Hockey League game at Hamilton on Saturday. The victory improved the 67’s overall record to 40-9-5, still tops in the OHL’s overall standings, and it gave them a total of five points from a three-game road trip. They defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday, then lost 2-1 in another shootout against the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night. In his third consecutive start in net for the 67’s, ... more
  • 1 week GARRIOCH GAME REPORT: Stone, Duchene, Dzingel lead Senators to win over Jets Ottawasun
    Senators 5, Jets 2 On Hockey Day in Canada, the potential unrestricted free agents upped their games for the Ottawa Senators … and their value. Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel may face uncertain futures, but they all came through in the crunch by combining for five points Saturday, leading the Senators to a surprising 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets in front of 16,263 at the Canadian Tire Centre. Stone scored two goals, while Duchene, Dzingel and Zack Smith chipped in with one each in the Senators’ second straight win. Goaltender Anders Nilsson was solid in net, making ... more
  • 1 week You Said It: Letter writer wrong Ottawasun
    LETTER WRITER WRONG Re: More Will Become Addicted, letter, Feb. 2 (regarding legalization of marijuana) I am a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. I have not used drugs in more than 44 years now and will be sober for 34 years in a week or so. The letter writer is wrong. Using crude demographic generalizations is meaningless. How are we to distinguish, for example, between habit and addiction? Is there a difference? Using some sort of sampling frame, as the letter writer attempted to do, is without any real relevance. People still stumbled on the streets in drunken stupors when alcohol was prohibited. ... more
  • 1 week Ottawa 67’s vaunted offence sputters in Mississauga Ottawasun
    Steelheads 2, 67’s 1 (shootout) The Ottawa 67’s can be an intimidating bunch, and on Friday night they rolled in to Mississauga on a nine-game winning streak with an Ontario Hockey League-leading 231 goals scored, which translates to about 4.4 per game. But the Steelheads, who came into the game 28 points behind Ottawa in the standings, limited the visitors to a single goal through regulation time and overtime before goalie Jacob Ingham, the game’s first star, blanked the 67’s in the shootout. It was the second consecutive night Ottawa had went to a shootout, having won 4-3 in Peterborough ... more
  • 1 week WARREN: A surging penalty kill, in praise of the Jets skill, who starts in goal and what about Paajarvi? Ottawasun
    With the group of grumpy, but highly talented Winnipeg Jets coming to town Saturday afternoon, the Ottawa Senators might have preferred to keep quiet about the major turnaround in their penalty-killing record in the past month. After being shut out with the man advantage for the past two games, including allowing 53 shots to the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday’s 5-2 loss, the Jets are certainly overdue to cash in. But it is hard to overlook the recent success of the once much-maligned Senators penalty-killing teams. They’ve gone seven games without allowing a goal, shutting down opponents on their past 13 ... more
  • 1 week Redblacks re-sign Canadian defensive lineman Klassen Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Redblacks got another of their potential free agents under contract on Friday, four days before the window to sign with other clubs opens. Defensive lineman Michael Klassen has signed a two-year extension after playing his first season in Ottawa. In 2018, the Calgary native, who had previously played four years in Montreal and one in his hometown, had career-highs with 28 defensive tackles and four sacks in 17 games. The 6-5, 285-pound lineman has 86 tackles and 12 sacks in 79 career games. Klassen, signed as a free agent last off-season, helped the Redblacks considerably with their Canadian ... more
  • 1 week Before making decisions on the future, there’s history for Stone and Duchene to ponder Ottawasun
    The everyday questions pitched to Mark Stone and Matt Duchene about whether they’ll re-sign long-term extensions with the Ottawa Senators are routinely fouled off, unanswered, over and over again. “Everything I do is going to be between myself, (my agents) and the team,” Stone said again Friday when pressed about the tense negotiations with the hard deadlines closing in fast. After scoring twice in Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks, Duchene said he was “digesting” any and all background information he could, including the latest controversial comments from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. We’ll get to a refresher course on ... more
  • 1 week Senators gameday versus Jets Ottawasun
    Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators Saturday, 2 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre. TV: CBC, TVA. Radio: TSN 1200-AM, Unique 94,5-FM   Five Keys To The Game: Maintaining momentum: The Senators didn’t get down on themselves, knowing a win was close before dumping the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 Thursday. Staying positive is a primary goal in a season that will end without a playoff berth. Yesterday is gone: By the same token, the Senators can’t get too high, knowing that the Stanley Cup contending Jets will also be looking to put behind them Thursday’s ugly 5-2 loss in Montreal. Eliminating the big errors: ... more
  • 2 weeks You Said It: The human toll of policing Ottawasun
    POLICE PEOPLE, TOO The other morning, my wife and I went to breakfast, and upon arriving we noticed the parking area had quite a few police cars. We looked at each other and said we’ll be well protected today; we assumed someone was retiring. While eating, a young officer got up and said a few words to his fellow officers, but not loud enough for us to hear so we assumed retirement. After breakfast, I spoke with a young sergeant while getting into my vehicle and found out that the young man was not retiring, but fighting cancer and was ... more
  • 2 weeks WARREN GAME REPORT: Senators end losing skid, adding to Ducks’ misery Ottawasun
    Senators 4, Ducks 0 Amid all the ups and downs of the season and the uncertainty of what happens next for the Ottawa Senators, Anders Nilsson has firmly re-established his career here in the past month. Thanks largely to Nilsson’s 45-save shutout, the Senators snapped their five-game losing slide with a 4-0 victory over the fragile and goal-starved Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks lost their sixth straight and for the 18th time in their past 20 games. Offensively, Matt Duchene scored twice for the Senators, with Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk also netting goals for the Senators. But without Nilsson, who ... more
  • 2 weeks Ottawa 67’s top Petes in the shootout to earn a playoff spot Ottawasun
    67’s 4, Petes 3 (shootout) With Mikey DiPietro still in the NHL after an emergency recall by the Vancouver Canucks, Cedrick Andrée stopped 34 shots in helping the Ottawa 67’s clinch a playoff spot Thursday night with a shootout victory over the Petes at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. The victory extended the Ontario Hockey League-leading 67’s winning streak to nine games, but Peterborough, which had but two wins in its previous 10 games, didn’t go quietly. Kyle Maksimovich, who paced Ottawa with two goals, opened the scoring on the power play at 10:12 of the first period, netting his 30th ... more
  • 2 weeks Timing is everything for Eugene Melnyk and the Senators Ottawasun
    The road to respectability will be difficult for the Ottawa Senators. But they promise there are better days ahead. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk gave the fan base a glimpse of where this club is headed with a statement Wednesday night that he’ll spend to the salary cap from 2021-25 once the organization feels it has the pieces in place to return to being a contender. After hosting 200 people during a reception Tuesday night at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Senators released a statement after the first period of their 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday ... more
  • 2 weeks The Senators believe the rebuild is on track Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Senators feel they’re headed in the right direction. Senators chief operating officer Nic Ruszkowski told TSN 1200 on Thursday night the organization says the rebuild is on track and the message from owner Eugene Melnyk is consistent with the direction the club wants to take. “What’s new is Eugene Melnyk re-iterating the self discipline and the focus on the team to stick with the rebuild in spite of some of the results we’ve had this year,” Ruszkowski said. “That’s the consistent with the message we’ve been trying to carry forward to our fans and our partners since the ... more
  • 2 weeks Heavy waits for Ottawa Redblacks heading into CFL free agency Ottawasun
    It’s not like Ottawa Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins isn’t open for business. He’d love to get a few more players from the team that in 2018 advanced to the Grey Cup (losing 27-16 to the Calgary Stampeders) under contract before CFL free agency opens Feb. 12. No. 1 on that wishlist has to be quarterback Trevor Harris. Other key contributors whose contracts will soon expire include running back William Powell, receiver Greg Ellingson, offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers, defensive back Rico Murray, linebacker Chris Ackie and defensive lineman Michael Klassen. While it would sting, it wouldn’t be shocking if most, if ... more
  • 2 weeks YOU SAID IT: Trudeau’s election ‘plan’ Ottawasun
    TRUDEAU’S ELECTION ‘PLAN’ Isn’t it a little unusual that a few months before the election our prime minister has commissioned a committee to investigate foreign interference in elections? A few months left in his four-year mandate and his most important thing is foreign interference in a Canadian election. This is a top priority. Want to bet if PM Trudeau loses the election in October, it will be caused by foreign interference and the PM will declare the election invalid and retain power. You might think I am paranoid but look at his record. India visit was the result of rogue ... more
  • 2 weeks GARRIOCH GAME REPORT: Senators battle Ontario rival, but losing streak hits five games Ottawasun
    Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4 TORONTO — The Ottawa Senators battled back Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to win this round of the Battle of Ontario. While the Senators at one point erased a two-goal third-period deficit, the arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs escaped with a 5-4 victory at Scotiabank Arena as Ottawa’s losing streak was extended to five games. Winger Magnus Paajarvi led the way with a two-goal effort while Matt Duchene and Thomas Chabot also chipped in for the Senators against Frederik Andersen. Morgan Rielly, John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Andreas Johnsson and Zach Hyman were able to beat ... more
  • 2 weeks Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says he’s committed to building a winner Ottawasun
    Eugene Melnyk is determined to get the Ottawa Senators back to being a competitor. And, he’s willing to spend to the salary cap down the road. In a summary of Melnyk’s remarks released by the club last night from a corporate event at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, the Senators’ owner pledged to the people on hand that he’ll spend more on salaries when the club is closer to being in a more competitive position. “The expectation is the rebuild will take another season or two from now,” the statement said. Once general manager Pierre Dorion feels he ... more
  • 2 weeks Game Day: Anaheim Ducks at Ottawa Senators Ottawasun
    ANAHEIM (21-24-9) AT OTTAWA (19-28-5) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Canadian Tire Centre, TSN5, TSN 1200, Unique 94.5 FM SPECIAL TEAMS OTT: PP 21.1% (14th); PK 76.4% (27th) ANA: PP 14.2% (29th); PK 79.5% (18th) THE BIG MATCHUP Bobby Ryan vs. Corey Perry The Ottawa Senators winger will get the opportunity to face off against his old Anaheim teammates. Heading into the club’s game against the Leafs, Ryan had three goals in the club’s past five games and he’d been one of the more consistent performers for the team in a difficult season. Perry is suiting up for only his fourth game ... more
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