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  • 8 hours YOU SAID IT: Not seeing it straight Ottawasun
    NOT SEEING IT STRAIGHT Those who oppose bars and restaurants being able to open at 9 a.m. are missing the point. The vast majority of Ottawa bars will remain shuttered until 11 a.m. It is not worth their while financially. The earlier opening hours will benefit Saturday and Sunday brunches at hotels and establishments that do open early on weekends. Also special sporting events such as the World Cup, F1, etc. There will not be a rush to queue up at a neighbourhood pub at 9 on a Tuesday morning. Get a grip. GARY CROSS OTTAWA (Thank you for ... more
  • 23 hours Ottawa 67’s ready for tough test against Oshawa Generals Ottawasun
    The Ottawa 67’s are rested and ready to shake off the rust. A week after completing their second straight four-game sweep of these playoffs, the 67’s will return to the ice against the Oshawa Generals in Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Final for the Bobby Orr Trophy in front of what could be close to full house of 9,500 in The Arena at TD Place. While the 67’s sent the Sudbury Wolves packing on April 11 with a 3-2 victory in triple-overtime, the Generals just wrapped up a 4-2 series victory over the favoured Niagara Falls Ice ... more
  • 1 day YOU SAID IT: Not safe in Ottawa Ottawasun
    NOT SAFE IN OTTAWA Re: Billings Bridge stabbing was targeted attack, police say; online edition, April 12 I am a 17-year-old female who regularly travels places around Ottawa and comes across hundreds of people in a day. I travel from east to west daily and I have recently been concerned about the number of incidents that have been happening in places that I visit every day to get to the places that I need to go. After school most days I find myself at the Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, considering it is just 10 minutes away. It makes my stomach ... more
  • 2 days Emily Deschenes chasing curling glory Ottawasun
    The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, which are recognized as Canada’s greatest show on snow and ice, just keeps on giving. Now, the young people, who were glued to their televisions and dazzled by the world’s best athletes, are starting to emerge as high-performance athletes. Curling’s Emily Deschenes of Ottawa is a perfect example. “I was watching the 2010 Olympics and said to my parents that I wanted to try that,” explained Deschenes, who was all of seven years old at the time. “Everyone (the players) was having so much fun. It was a different sport, not that well known ... more
  • 2 days The Senators won’t rush their search for a new head coach Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Senators are in no hurry to make a decision on their vacant head coaching position. It’s been just over a week since the players packed their bags and headed their separate ways for a long off-season, but general manager Pierre Dorion is only just beginning the interview process for the coaching job. It’ll be interim coach Marc Crawford who will be first in line to discuss the post and that talk will take place in the near future . After firing coach Guy Boucher on March 1, the Senators gave the 58-year-old Crawford the opportunity to show what ... more
  • 3 days Former Senators stars sitting atop the NHL playoff charts Ottawasun
    Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Robin Lehner are long gone from Ottawa, but certainly not forgotten. Not quite midway through the opening round of the NHL playoffs, the spotlight is shining brightly on the former Senators stars. While it’s now all about tomorrow and a rebuild for the Senators organization, it’s hard not to notice what the three ex-Senators have done over the past week. For Senators fans, their success is a bit like pouring salt into the wound of painful trades. more
  • 3 days Resting Ottawa 67’s sign key pieces for the future Ottawasun
    As the Ottawa 67’s await the start of the third round of the OHL playoffs – they will open the series at The Arena at TD Place Thursday and Saturday – they’ve been busy signing key pieces of the future. The 67’s announced the signings of top draft picks Jack Matier, Jack Beck and Brenden Sirizzotti. Matier, a 6-2, 174-pound defenceman chosen 21st overall in the OHL draft, scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 games with the minor midget Soo Thunderbirds in 2018-19. Beck, a left winger, netted 33 goals and 41 assists in 73 games with the ... more
  • 3 days Back to the future as Redblacks hire Joe Paopao Ottawasun
    Joe Paopao is returning to Ottawa yet again. Paopao, the former Rough Riders quarterback and head coach of the Renegades, is returning as the Ottawa Redblacks running backs coach. “We feel very fortunate to add Joe to our coaching staff,” Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell said, in a release. “His wealth of knowledge and experience coaching and playing in the CFL will be a huge asset to our offence.” Paopao was the Rough Riders quarterback in 1987 and coached the Redblacks from 2002-05. Since 2015, Paopao has acted as offensive coordinator for Simon Fraser University. ALSO IN THE NEWS ... more
  • 3 days YOU SAID IT: A thank you to the AG Ottawasun
    A THANK YOU TO THE AG Re: Phished In; City treasurer falls for email scam, sends $97Gs to phoney supplier, April 9 Thank you city auditor general Ken Hughes. Thank you for disclosing that our treasurer was somehow duped into transferring $100K to some U.S. scammer. (She couldn’t just walk over to the city manager’s office to check with him?) Thank you for disclosing city staff screwups with commercial leases “for years”. Thank you for inspecting the Stage 2 LRT procurement process. Good thing we taxpayers have you to find out what is truly happening within city walls. ALLEN CRAMM ... more
  • 3 days Gibbons: Message from Ford? Drink up Ontario; worry about health care and law enforcement later Ottawasun
    Not to be prudish here, but what’s the deal with the Ford government and its seeming obsession with booze? Why does it figure so prominently in its first budget? I don’t get it. The government claims it’s simply treating Ontarians as adults, although a lot of these measures seem more appealing to party-minded teens, like drinking in parks. Is it pandering to his base? Is this surprise Booze Agenda intended to distract us from less palatable portions of the budget? Are the measures designed to create the appearance of “listening to the people?” Or maybe it’s the consequence of some ... more
  • 4 days Belleville Senators season comes to a disappointing end Ottawasun
    There won’t be any tomorrow for the 2018-19 Belleville Senators. The Senators couldn’t book a playoff spot themselves Sunday afternoon and in what was the worst-case scenario, they had to count on their arch-rivals in the Battle of Ontario to get them a ticket to the American Hockey League’s big dance. As a result, this morning, the Senators will be on the outside looking in after being eliminated from the playoffs on the final day of the season. After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Rochester Amerks in the regular season finale at CAA Arena in Belleville, the Senators were ... more
  • 4 days Sun columnist Gibbons honoured with Ontario Newspaper Award Ottawasun
    Ottawa Sun columnist Rick Gibbons received top honours over the weekend for his columns and opinion writing. Judges praised the veteran radio executive and former newspaper publisher for his deeply felt understanding of the capital and its people, and his willingness to use his standing to challenge his audience. Other Postmedia journalists were honoured eight times Saturday at the 65th annual Ontario Newspaper Awards. The Windsor Star’s Dax Melmer was a two-time winner for feature photography and photojournalist of the year. The newspaper’s third ONA went to Dan Janisse for sports photography. Jonathan Juha of the Stratford Beacon Herald also ... more
  • 4 days You Said It: True blue budget Ottawasun
    TRUE BLUE BUDGET Re: Tory Blue Runs Red; Ford’s first budget lands with $163B thud, April 12 A true blue budget, that is what Finance Minister Vic Fedeli presented to the folks of Ontario. Yes, the PCs will not balance the budget for another five years, but they really had no choice or the cuts would have been enormous. Education and health care were basically left alone, and the other areas that were continually bloated by the previous Grit regimes deserved to be on the chopping block. Serving alcohol starting at 9 a.m. will not cause an onslaught of impaired ... more
  • 4 days Editorial: Our cops deserve good communications Ottawasun
    Mayor Jim Watson says it’s not “rocket science” to provide a proper, functioning radio system for Ottawa police and other emergency responders. He’s right. So why don’t they have one? The public still awaits an answer to that question after two professional associations representing police complained last week that a new radio system was actually putting cops in danger. According to their complaint, sometimes officers can’t even communicate with colleagues a few metres away; there are blackout zones and unreliable connections. Basic bricks and mortar can interfere with the signals. And all this is happening with an apparently new radio ... more
  • 5 days Victory in Battle of Ontario moves Belleville into tie for final playoff spot with a game to play Ottawasun
    The Belleville Senators’ season will be decided Sunday afternoon after they picked up a huge two points in the Battle of Ontario on Saturday. The Senators scored a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Marlies on the road at the Coca-Cola Centre and moved into a tie with the Cleveland Monsters for the final playoff spot in the North Division. That means if the Senators can score a victory over the Rochester Americans on Sunday afternoon in 2 p.m. start at home they’ll lock up a spot in the American Hockey League playoffs for the first time since the ... more
  • 5 days A year after losing his job, Irving gets clean sheet in return to Fury net Ottawasun
    Fury FC 2, Loudoun 0 A year and six days after losing his job as the No. 1 keeper to Max Crepeau, who is now with MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, Callum Irving was finally back in the net as a starter for the Ottawa Fury FC. And Irving may own the net for a long time to come. The patient and well-versed veteran made just two stops, but did post a clean sheet as Fury FC got back to its winning ways with a solid 2-0 win over expansion Loudoun United before a crowd of 3,232 at TD Place on a ... more
  • 5 days GARRIOCH: Blue Jackets taking nothing for granted as they head home with 2-0 lead Ottawasun
    The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to do the unthinkable by sending the No. 1-ranked Tampa Bay Lightning packing from the NHL playoffs in Round 1. But the Jackets, the No.-8 seed, know they haven’t accomplished anything yet. Coming off a 5-1 Friday victory over the Bolts to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series, the Jackets were flying high as their plane headed to Columbus Saturday morning, but they’re well aware the Lightning won’t go quietly into the night as the two teams prepare to face off in Game 3 Sunday at the Nationwide Arena. After ... more
  • 5 days Ottawa Paralympian Stuart McGregor’s long road to the Boston Marathon Ottawasun
    At some point during Stuart McGregor’s frustrating and painful 18-month recovery from the five leg surgeries he had after being hit by an SUV during a 2005 training session, the elite Paralympic middle-distance runner received some disturbing news. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Papp told the three-time Paralympic medallist from Ottawa he’d never be able to run a marathon. For the next seven years, McGregor, who is visually impaired with retinitis pigmentosa and has less than 10 per cent sight, slowly kick-started his running career on the track. Despite hundreds of rounds of physiotherapy, all the medical interventions had zapped his ... more
  • 5 days You Said It: Protest now, pay later Ottawasun
    PROTEST NOW, PAY LATER To the students who were out protesting recently, I just wanted to say that, while this is your response to minor cuts in an extremely bloated and ineffective system, the response of the taxpayer to that system was to give Doug Ford a majority. At the same time, those taxpayers reduced the authors of that pathetic system to non-party status. That is what we think of your protests. The funny thing is that the students who want all this free stuff are going to be stuck with the bill as they become the taxpayer, and there ... more
  • 6 days Condon bursting with confidence following long recovery from hip surgery Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE — Looking back at everything he has been through in the past six months, a candid, calm and confident Mike Condon says it’s all “a positive” in the big picture. “This is the first time in my career that I can finally put this injury behind me and become something that I always wanted to be,” the somewhat-forgotten Ottawa Senators goaltender said of the exhausting recovery from stem cell surgery to repair his wonky hip. Perhaps others in his situation, armed with one year and $3 million remaining on a contract with the Senators, might have walked away and ... more
  • 6 days GARRIOCH: There’s no shortage of work to do for Senators before training camp in September Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Senators are selling hope for next season. And they hope they will show improvement. It’s been a week since the Senators wrapped up their 31st-place season with a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Canadian Tire Centre, but there will be no rest for general manager Pierre Dorion and the rest of the staff in the hockey operations department as the work begins in earnest for next season. Dorion and assistant general manager Peter MacTavish held exit meetings with the players Monday, then sat down with interim coach Marc Crawford and the rest of the ... more
  • 6 days Ottawa Fury FC looks for a better result this week against expansion team Ottawasun
    A week ago, Ottawa Fury FC was looking to see how it measured up against one of the United Soccer League’s best, the MLS-bound Nashville, and found out the hard way not so well. A visit by Loudoun United FC on Saturday afternoon on The Pitch at TD Place is something completely different. The first thing people want to know about Loudoun is where the heck is it? Connecticut? No. One of the Carolinas? No. Loudoun is actually in Virginia, and for an expansion team, even one owned and operated by DC United of the MLS, the first season in ... more
  • 6 days Ottawa 67’s to enjoy another week-long break before next round of OHL playoffs Ottawasun
    67’s 3, Wolves 2 (3 OT) (67’s win best-of-seven series 4-0) It took three games for the much-anticipated all-world goaltending duel between the Ottawa 67’s Mikey DiPietro and the Sudbury Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to finally materialize, but once it did, well, it almost never ended. It was almost a repeat of the Team Canada and Team Finland overtime battle in the quarterfinal at this year’s world juniors in Vancouver. Only much longer, and it almost made Ontario Hockey League history for the longest playoff game ever, falling just short, though it did qualify as the longest playoff game in 67’s ... more
  • 6 days YOU SAID IT: Bring on the lawsuit Ottawasun
    BRING ON THE LAWSUIT PM Trudeau’s threat to sue Andrew Scheer should be seen as a positive by him, with a great opportunity to find the truth regarding the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal. The PM doesn’t seem to be intelligent enough to realize that this would lead to a legal court case that would ensure all witnesses, including the PM, be required to tell the truth. Scheer as the accused could call all witnesses, including Trudeau, and any Liberals who have been involved with continually defending the PM. A court case, which Trudeau could not control the outcome of, would be ... more
  • 7 days 67’s win triple-OT thriller to complete sweep of Wolves in Sudbury Ottawasun
    It took three games for the much-anticipated all-world goaltending duel between Ottawa 67’s Mikey DiPietro and Sudbury Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and once it did, it almost never ended. In fact, the repeat of the Team Canada and Team Finland overtime battle in the quarterfinal at this year’s world juniors in Vancouver almost made Ontario Hockey League history for the longest playoff game ever. The two best goalies in all of junior hockey went save-for-save for 110 minutes, 15 seconds (4 1/2 hours in real time) and combined for 118 saves before Tye Felhaber finally ended it 26 minutes shy of ... more
  • 7 days Batherson and company learning exactly what it takes as the playoffs draw near Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE — The Ottawa Senators’ season is long gone, but school is still in session for some of the best and brightest of the organization’s prospects. Take, for instance, highly touted winger Drake Batherson, who has found that his open space on the ice has become smaller and smaller as the Belleville Senators’ battle for a coveted American Hockey League playoff spot becomes more and more difficult. “After the trade deadline, you definitely see the league tighten up and there aren’t as many (scoring) chances as earlier in the year,” said Batherson, who registered an assist, but had no shots ... more
  • 7 days Belleville hangs on to hope of a Brown return and help from other teams Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE — Logan Brown could be back to help the Belleville Senators if the weekend’s final two regular season games mean something in the quest for the AHL playoffs. Brown, Belleville’s No. 1 centre and one of the organization’s most highly touted forward prospects, missed Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies with an undisclosed lower-body injury. He was not on the ice for Thursday’s practice. “I suspect, after it calms down, that he should hopefully be back on the ice Friday (at practice) and available for Saturday afternoon,” said Belleville coach Troy Mann. Brown, drafted 11th overall by the Senators ... more
  • 1 week YOU SAID IT: Help for gazillionaires Ottawasun
    HELP FOR GAZILLIONAIRES So Loblaws’ store refrigeration units need to be upgraded. Usually this would just be the cost of doing business, but the Weston family didn’t become gazillionaires by being stupid. Someone earned their salary by coming up with the idea that the feds could pay the expense under the “carbon footprint” guise. And gullible Catherine McKarbon fell for it. The Loblaws execs must be laughing their butts off while cashing those bonus cheques. Hey, I figure my car needs a tuneup, but I think if she gave me a new Tesla I could improve my carbon footprint, too. ... more
  • 1 week Belleville goes down to Toronto, playoff hopes hanging by a thread Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE — The shorthanded Belleville Senators were dealt a major blow in their hopes of making the American Hockey League playoffs here Wednesday. Leave it to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to deliver the damage. With top centre Logan Brown on the sidelines due to a lower body injury, Belleville couldn’t overcome a second-period rally by the Toronto Marlies, going down to a 3-2 defeat that leaves Belleville’s playoff dreams hanging by a thread. “It changed it big time,” Belleville coach Troy Mann said of losing Brown. “We were scrambling for new line combinations. I knew late in the morning ... more
  • 1 week Hogberg’s late-season run in Belleville net is promising sign for Senators organization Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE — Marcus Hogberg didn’t play his first game for the Belleville Senators until Nov. 28. By the mid-point of January, he had seen action in only eight games here. And yet, in the estimation of some close observers who have seen the Senators’ AHL affiliate night in and night out, Hogberg is the club’s most valuable player. It’s hard to argue. Hogberg, who started Wednesday’s pivotal game against the Toronto Marlies, has played in six straight games, 21 of the past 22 and 28 of the B-Sens’ last 31 contests. In that span, he had delivered a record of ... more
  • 1 week YOU SAID IT: Show your appreciation, Eugene Ottawasun
    SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION, EUGENE Re: To all of our fans, thank you; Senators advertising wrap, April 5 You want to show your appreciation, Mr. Melnyk? Here’s how: Sell the Senators to someone who can afford an NHL club, who will promptly replace the inept Pierre Dorion by a credible, bona fide GM (local boy Steve Yzerman?) and, as soon as possible, move the team to a rink that is not 25 miles out of town. Thank you for rescuing the Sens 15 years ago. Now go. Please. GLENN MCALLISTER ORLÉANS (We get it, fans are frustrated. But this young team, ... more
  • 1 week First-round exits for NHL teams with big expectations may mean more coaches getfired Ottawasun
    It didn’t take long for the NHL’s coaching carousel to start spinning. And, it may not have stopped yet. While the Florida Panthers didn’t waste any time filling their vacancy after they fired Bob Boughner on Sunday and brought in veteran coach Joel Quenneville on Monday, there’s no shortage of openings as the NHL playoffs get under way Wednesday night. Anaheim, Buffalo, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Philadelphia and St. Louis are looking for a head coach right now, but that number could grow. If there are first-round upsets in a couple of league locales then it’s quite possible there will ... more
  • 1 week 67’s taking commanding 3-0 lead after win over Wolves Ottawasun
    On his incredible run leading Finland to gold at the world juniors, no single nation could score more than four goals against Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in a game as he allowed just 11 in six games. The Ottawa 67’s, who do have players from four different countries, are having no such difficulty with the Buffalo Sabres’ top goaltending prospect, who finds himself now 60 minutes away from being one and done with the Sudbury Wolves. The 67’s continued their assault against the all-world junior goalie by putting their depth on full display with seven different 67’s scoring on Luukkonen. The 67’s ... more
  • 1 week Snapshots: Dorion has no regrets about passing up on this year’s lottery Ottawasun
    No regrets. General manager Pierre Dorion didn’t watch the National Hockey League’s draft lottery at the Hockey Night in Canada headquarters on television Tuesday night, but he did follow along on his phone to see the Colorado Avalanche slip three spots in the lottery to No. 4 after the draw was made public and the New Jersey Devils won the top pick in 2019. The Avalanche may have had the best odds to win, but Dorion told reporters Tuesday afternoon before the lottery was held that he was thrilled the club used its pick to select winger Brady Tkachuk last ... more
  • 1 week Surprise, surprise? Depth players who could shine in the post-season Ottawasun
    National Hockey League playoff history is full of players who emerge from the shadows to make significant impacts in the quest for the Stanley Cup. They’re not the players who go early — or ever — in playoff pools. They likely won’t score overtime winners. Just the same, they can make differences. GM Pierre Dorion says the "worst is behind us" for the Senators Sens GM Pierre Dorion apologizes for trade-deadline remarks Postmedia provides a snapshot of one potential secret weapon on each of the 16 playoff squads. more
  • 1 week Sens GM Pierre Dorion apologizes for trade-deadline remarks Ottawasun
    Pierre Dorion took the time to say he was sorry. The Ottawa Senators general manager told reporters on Tuesday that he knew he may have “alienated” some fans when he stated in an interview after the National Hockey League trade deadline in February that it was proudest day on the job and he clarified his comments about the trades involving Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel. more
  • 1 week GM Pierre Dorion says the “worst is behind us” for the Senators Ottawasun
    Just wait until next year. As the Ottawa Senators closed the books on the their worst season statistically since the franchise finished with 41 points in 1995-96, general manager Pierre Dorion was selling hope in his year-end news conference at the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. He expressed confidence that better days were ahead for the Senators. Sens GM Pierre Dorion apologizes for trade-deadline remarks “Of course, there were some long nights driving back to Orléans and some long nights on the road,” Dorion said. “But we feel as good as we’ve ever felt and we feel we’re ... more
  • 1 week YOU SAID IT: Maxed out Ottawasun
    MAXED OUT I nearly fell off my chair on reading that the Lottery Corporation is going to do us a favour by having two weekly draws instead of one. They used to call it Super 7 — 47 numbers for $2. Then, to give us a break, they changed it to Lotto Max … now with 49 numbers, but wait … pick up the phone and call now, and we will change it to $5. So, as of May 11, Loto Greed will increase it to 50 numbers … WOW. But wait, if you call now we will have two ... more
  • 1 week Legalization of tailgating should be toasted by Senators Ottawasun
    Through all that morning rain on the second day of another way-too-long off-season for the Senators broke an unexpected ray of light. In fact, it could turn out to be the best news the team receives in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns. In an exclusive from the Toronto Sun’s Steve (Scoop) Buffery, it was revealed that Ontario is about to finally legalize U.S.-style tailgating outside stadiums and arenas. Halle-freakin-lujah. At long last, fans in these parts will be allowed to bring their own booze and barbecues and have parking-lot parties leading up to games. Tailgating, an extremely popular tradition ... more
  • 1 week Ceci optimistic about staying with Senators Ottawasun
    After a calendar year that has included a nasty salary arbitration hearing, incessant abuse on social media and being held out of the Ottawa Senators lineup pending a potential trade, you might think Cody Ceci would want out. Not so. Ceci, whose 440 games of NHL experience makes him the team’s most seasoned defenceman, says he would welcome the opportunity to sign a long-term extension. “We’re trying to get that out of the way and hopefully we can come to an agreement a little easier this summer,” Ceci said of his conversations with general manager Pierre Dorion. “Especially after the ... more
  • 1 week Senators win even if they lose by re-signing Duclair Ottawasun
    The decision on Anthony Duclair is simple, the scenario a win-win. The Senators have to bring him back. If he finally figures out how to play without the puck, you have yourself a very good winger who had 19 goals over 74 games between Columbus and Ottawa.  If he doesn’t, well, that’s okay too. The Senators are going to be bad again next season and if Duclair’s defence makes them worse, he could improve their chances in the 2020 draft lottery.  Either way, he is definitely worth the gamble on a one-year contract.  The 23-year-old earned $650,000 this season. Making ... more
  • 1 week Two former Senators goalies on top of their game as they lead teams into NHL playoffs Ottawasun
    Not counting Curtis Lazar, Cory Conacher and Ian Cole, 11 former Senators players are on teams headed to the NHL playoffs. Two of them are coming off either an award-winning or record-setting season and, as improbable as it sounds, could face each other in the Stanley Cup final. That would be Craig Anderson’s former goaltending partners, Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop. “Its always easier when you know a guy, or several guys, to kind of pick that team, and say all right, I’d like to see them do well,” Anderson said of being relegated to watching the playoffs on TV, ... more
  • 1 week Senators hoping today’s defensive nightmare becomes tomorrow’s defensive dream Ottawasun
    Amid the countless ugly statistics that help illustrate the Ottawa Senators dreadful season is the fact they became the first NHL team in a dozen seasons to allow more than 300 goals. At the same time, though, much of tomorrow’s hope, expressed repeatedly Monday as players left Canadian Tire Centre for yet another extended summer, is about having stockpiled a group of young defencemen which could eventually be the envy of the league. It’s a tough sell for sure, asking fans to trust they can go from here to defensively sound in a relatively short period of time, but the ... more
  • 1 week SNAPSHOTS: Some Ottawa Senators have a chance to take on the world Ottawasun
    Not all the Ottawa Senators have stepped on the ice for the last time this season. While they packed their bags on locker clean out day at the Canadian Tire Centre, the organization could be well-represented at world championships next month in Slovakia if some players decide to accept their invitation. Thomas Chabot can play for Team Canada, but wants to make sure he’s completely healthy before making a decision. After his exit meeting with general manager Pierre Dorion was completed Monday, the standout defenceman was going to have an MRI on his broken toe to make sure it was ... more
  • 1 week SENS: Marc Crawford prepared to play the waiting game to find out his coaching future Ottawasun
    No promises were made when Marc Crawford took over the head coaching duties of the Ottawa Senators on an interim basis five weeks ago. And, as he met with the media Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre on wrap-up day for the 2018-19 season, there was no certainty either that he’d be back in the role when training camp rolls around next September. Yes, the 58-year-old Crawford is the leading candidate for the job after finishing with a 7-10-1 record in his 18-game trial behind the bench, but he won’t know anything further about the search process until he sits ... more
  • 1 week Senators players were pleased with what Crawford brought to the table Ottawasun
    Before heading their separate ways Monday, the Ottawa Senators’ players sat down with general manager Pierre Dorion to review this season and look ahead at next year. You have to think some of that discussion surrounded the job coach Marc Crawford did in the final five weeks of the season. No, a decision on the 58-year-old’s future isn’t made based solely on what happens in those meetings, but does give management an idea where the players are at heading into the off-season. SENS: Marc Crawford prepared to play the waiting game to find out his coaching future The ... more
  • 1 week YOU SAID IT: Minimum wage and nights out Ottawasun
    MINIMUM WAGE AND NIGHTS OUT Re: Wage hike a better deal, FAO says, April 3 The article regarding the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario and an increase in minimum wage just shows how out of touch these Social Justice Warriors really are. With the minimum wage at $14 an hour, I have already seen staff reductions in restaurants and fast food outlets. At Costco the other night, I left two items by a cash because they kept closing down cashes and I couldn’t stand any longer. I have also seen prices rise to the point where our weekly night out has ... more
  • 2 weeks 67’s DiPietro keeps posting firsts Ottawasun
    Ottawa 67’s 5, Sudbury Wolves 0 (67’s leads best-of-seven 2-0) With a Memorial Cup ring, a trip to the World Juniors, a NHL contract and his first NHL start already on his resume, it’s almost too easy to think Mikey DiPietro has done all there is to do in junior hockey. On second thought, not in the least. On the heels of earning his first Ontario Hockey League playoff series win 11 days ago in Hamilton, the best goaltender in Canada junior hockey now has his first ever post-season shutout. The biggest trade acquisition in Ottawa 67’s franchise history made ... more
  • 2 weeks 2018-19 NHL playoffs: Should be a great story but you won’t be surprised by the end Ottawasun
    Except for the exercise, and a few million bucks in home gates, the run to the playoffs was essentially a waste of time for 15 NHL teams. Oh, they’ll talk brave. They’ll have hope and, in some cases, plenty of genuine confidence.  But they also have virtually no chance of winning the Stanley Cup. The post-season tournament officially begins Wednesday, 7 p.m. (EST) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, where the Lightning will play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets a half hour before the New York Islanders entertain the Pittsburgh Penguins on opening night’s only other game. And it will ... more
  • 2 weeks Senators not happy they’re headed for an early summer Ottawasun
    There was no sense of relief as the final buzzer sounded on the Senators season Saturday night. As winger Zack Smith noted following a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Senators were still feeling disappointment after what will go down as fourth-worst season in franchise history points-wise with more than 80 games played. The Senators didn’t think they would be this bad and what can they learn from this? “Not to take it for granted,” said Smith. “Right from the start they were talking about rebuild and that was word. In the room, you never believe that and ... more
  • 2 weeks Snapshots: Marc Crawford isn’t ready to discuss his future with Senators Ottawasun
    Marc Crawford wasn’t prepared to talk about his future on the weekend. He wanted a little time to reflect on a difficult season. Installed as the interim head coach after Guy Boucher was sent packing March 1, the 58-year-old Crawford finished with a 7-10-1 record in 18 games as the Senators closed out the 2018-19 campaign in last place with a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. “That’s probably a question you can ask a little bit later,” Crawford said Saturday when asked if he had accomplished enough to have the ... more
  • 2 weeks There will be no shortage of changes as Senators head their separate ways Ottawasun
    And now the end is here for the Ottawa Senators. The Senators will gather one final time as a team at the Canadian Tire Centre Monday morning to pack up their bags and hold exit meetings with general manager Pierre Dorion before heading their separate ways for what’s going to be a long off-season following the club’s last place finish in the NHL standings. After wrapping up the year with a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday in front of 18,425 at home, the Senators will have five months before they report for training camp in September and ... more
  • 2 weeks Belleville needs a break or two to crack the AHL playoff code Ottawasun
    The road to the American Hockey League playoffs runs through Toronto and Rochester. For the Belleville Senators to pass the Cleveland Monsters for the final playoff spot in the North Division, they will need to beat the Toronto Marlies and the Rochester Americans, as well as receive help from them. At this point, Cleveland is one point ahead of Belleville and has four games remaining. Belleville has only three. Cleveland plays Rochester Monday, followed by a pair of games against Charlotte and a season finale against Toronto next Sunday. Belleville, meanwhile, closes out the season with a home and road ... more
  • 2 weeks Wolanin’s whirlwind week ends with a win Ottawasun
    BELLEVILLE – At precisely the moment Ottawa Senators players were explaining away the 53rd and final defeat in their long lost season late Saturday, Christian Wolanin emerged from the exuberant Belleville Senators dressing room. “Tired,” Wolanin responded, when asked how he was feeling after Belleville’s 3-1 win over the Cleveland Monsters, a victory that keeps AHL playoff hopes alive. “Five (games) in six (days) at the professional level is pretty self-explanatory. And with the travel, too.” Let’s recap the week that was, shall we? On Monday, Wolanin played 18:07 in Ottawa’s 5-2 loss to Tampa and was re-assigned to Belleville. ... more
  • 2 weeks Belleville Senators keep AHL playoff hopes alive Ottawasun
    Belleville 3, Cleveland 1 BELLEVILLE – There’s still some life left in the Senators season, after all. The Belleville Senators season, that is. While the big-league Ottawa Senators said goodbye to their ugly 2018-19 season against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday, the Belleville Senators delivered a pivotal 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Monsters here. Vitaly Abramov, Logan Brown and Christian Wolanin scored for Belleville, while Marcus Hogberg made 33 saves. With the win, Belleville moves to within one point of Cleveland in the fight for the fourth and final playoff spot in the American Hockey League’s North Division. The odds ... more
  • 2 weeks EDITORIAL: We can’t afford parents to be ‘vaccine hesitant’ Ottawasun
    Ottawa Public Health this past week reported the city’s first measles case since 2016. It’s good news that we’ve only seen one, but it’s also a warning that we could see more. After all, measles outbreaks have been reported recently in Canada, notably Vancouver. South of the border, in the United States, there have been more reported cases in the first quarter of 2019 than in all of 2018. The rate of immunization there has been falling, and some families have what’s politely referred to as “vaccine hesitancy.” One can sympathize with parents: There’s a lot of information on the ... more
  • 2 weeks GARRIOCH GAME REPORT: Senators end on a low note against Columbus Blue Jackets Ottawasun
    Blue Jackets 6, Senators 2 That’s all, folks. A disappointing end to a disappointing season for the Ottawa Senators. On Fan Appreciation Night, the Senators didn’t give the 18,425 on hand much to cheer about as they shut the door on 2018-19 campaign with a ho-hum 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre. For one of the few times this season, there were points where the Senators looked like a team that couldn’t wait for this to end as veteran goalie Craig Anderson was chased after giving up three goals on seven shots ... more
  • 2 weeks CHEAPSEATS: Kelly should be Senators’ coach of the future – if he wants the job Ottawasun
    Along with the promising players the Senators have in the organization, they also have a young coach capable of great success. So says Marc Crawford, who may have stood behind the Ottawa bench for the final time Saturday night. Asked earlier in the day if Chris Kelly had met expectations in his 17 games as an assistant – and if the former Senators centre has caught the coaching bug – Crawford delivered some very heady praise. Some would say he even went over the top, but whatever. “I think he’s given us more than we ever could have expected,” Crawford ... more
  • 2 weeks Ottawa 67’s Clarke ‘congratulates’ younger brother on his draft victory Ottawasun
    Ottawa 67’s standout winger Graeme Clarke couldn’t resist a little jab at little brother Brandt for upstaging him in Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League draft. Clarke and the rest of his Ottawa 67’s teammates got ready for their Saturday morning skate by watching the draft unfold, all of them knowing Clarke’s younger brother and their parents, Chris and Trish, were already at the OHL head offices in Scarborough as one of four top prospects invited to attend for the TV purposes. So it was almost anti-climatic when the Barrie Colts selected the younger Clarke fourth overall off the Don Mills Flyers, ... more
  • 2 weeks Eugene Melnyk: “Very, very confident” that Senators are going the right way Ottawasun
    Eugene Melnyk says the Ottawa Senators are headed in the right direction. Before the Senators closed out the National Hockey League season against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night, the club’s owner, speaking in a pre-taped morning radio interview with CFRA, said he was confident the rebuild was being done the right way and “I think we’re on the right track.” “I am more committed than ever,” Melnyk told the station in an interview that aired Saturday morning. “When you do a rebuild like we just did, it’s extremely rare to do what I ... more
  • 2 weeks Back-to-back Jacks for Ottawa 67’s in draft; Chiodo continues torrid pace against Wolves Ottawasun
    Jan Egert, a rising star among junior hockey executives as the assistant GM and director of scouting with the Ottawa 67’s, was quick with the quip that the 67’s “hit back-to-back jacks” with the team’s first two selections in the Ontario Hockey League priority draft. Egert, originally from that baseball hotbed Switzerland, was using some baseball parlance to suggest the 67’s had hit a pair of home runs with their picks at 21st and 31st Saturday, which is exactly what the other 19 OHL teams were saying when the draft finally ended early Saturday evening. What Egert was also alluding ... more
  • 2 weeks Powerhouse Nashville tunes up Fury FC Ottawasun
    Nashville 3, Fury FC 0 The Ottawa Fury FC were looking for an early season gauge of where they stood in the 2019 United Soccer League landscape. Well, the Nashville FC certainly provided the Fury with one, and as they skipped town back to Music City, the visitors left the Fury with much to work on. The MLS-bound Nashville side fired 16 total shots at the Fury net against just four by Ottawa and rolled to a convincing 3-0 in the Fury home opener on The Field at TD Place. A crowd of 6,532 was on hand to get a ... more
  • 2 weeks You Said It: Canada warming twice as fast? Ottawasun
    CANADA WARMING TWICE AS FAST? Re: Canada warming twice as fast as rest of the world: Report, April 2 How can Canada possibly be warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world when we have a small population and virtually no industrial base? China, India and the U.S. far outstrip us in this regard. Climate acolytes talk in generalities and simply keep repeating the mantra that we need to be an example for the world. Not one spokesperson has answered the question as to how Canada’s climate change can be double that of the rest of the ... more
  • 2 weeks Tricks a treat as 67’s outlast Wolves in surprise Game 1 goal-fest Ottawasun
    On his way to a 59-goal regular season, Tye Felhaber was the model of consistency for the Ottawa 67’s — only once going five games in a row without scoring. So, when Felhaber went the entire four games of the opening round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs without a goal, if tongues weren’t exactly wagging, the 67’s offensive catalyst was certainly being a little hard on himself. Well that’s all behind him, now. Felhaber and Lucas Chiodo each scored three times as the 67’s chased the Sudbury Wolves’ all-world goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in an 8-5 win before an old-time ... more
  • 2 weeks GARRIOCH: Blue Jackets eke out a win, leaving Senators without the chance to play spoiler Ottawasun
    Forgive the Ottawa Senators if they spent Friday night scoreboard watching. And only 48 hours after knocking off the New York Rangers on the road with a 4-1 decision, they were cheering for their opponent to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night at Madison Square. With only 60 minutes left in the season for the Senators, a Rangers victory was the only way to make Ottawa’s game against Columbus on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in the season finale meaningful. Unfortunately, they won’t get their wish. The Jackets clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory ... more
  • 2 weeks Game Day: Senators versus Blue Jackets Ottawasun
    Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators, Saturday, 7 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre. TV: SN 360, City, TVAS2 Radio: TSN 1200-AM, Unique 94,5. THE BIG MATCHUP Ryan Dzingel versus Anthony Duclair: Interesting statistics since the trade deadline deal that saw the two wingers swapped for each other. Before Friday’s pivotal game against the New York Rangers, Dzingel had scored three goals and eight assists in 19 games. Duclair, meanwhile, has scored eight goals, including one in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, and six assists in 20 games with the Senators. A long playoff run might mean the Blue Jackets ... more
  • 2 weeks The Senators send help to Belleville to assist in playoff push Ottawasun
    The Belleville Senators received reinforcements for the weekend Friday. With Belleville sitting one point out of a playoff spot with five games left as it prepared to face the Hershey Bears on Friday and host the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday at the CAA Arena, the Senators sent forward Rudolfs Balcers and defenceman Christian Wolanin to their AHL affiliate to try to help the club get to the post-season. While Ottawa doesn’t close out its season until Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at home, Balcers and Wolanin were both placed on the American Hockey League’s clear day list in ... more
  • 2 weeks SNAPSHOTS: Joey Daccord still flying high after making his NHL debut Ottawasun
    The Ottawa Senators returned from Buffalo just after midnight Friday, but hours later Joey Daccord sounded like he was still on Cloud 9. Less than 24 hours after making 35 stops in a 5-2 loss to the Sabres on Thursday night at the KeyBank Center, the only aspect the rookie goaltender didn’t enjoy about his NHL debut was the final score. Otherwise, everything was just fine. “It was a crazy night. It feels like a blur now, but I’m so incredibly grateful to the Senators organization for giving me the opportunity,” Daccord told TSN 1200 Friday afternoon. “It was an ... more
  • 2 weeks WARREN: Senators give credit where credit is due — to their fans Ottawasun
    Good on the Ottawa Senators for saying thank you to their faithful for the past support and in the hope that they’ll trust in the uncertain future. The major advertisements in newspapers, along with the radio and TV spots paying credit where credit is due in advance of Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Night in the regular season finale against Columbus do send the right message. If fans trust that the Senators will follow through on their pledge to eventually spend near the salary cap — that’s still on owner Eugene Melnyk to prove — there is still a long road ahead. ... more
  • 2 weeks FURY FC in for big test against Nashville SC in home opener Ottawasun
    If after about 90 minutes, the Ottawa Fury FC’s opponents in their 2019 home opener seem like they belong in another league, perhaps a better league, well they almost do. In less than 12 months, the Nashville SC will be challenging the MLS powerhouses as an expansion entry. They spent the past off-season building towards their promotion from the United Soccer League by spending top dollar to fill many of their roster spots with MLS-caliber players. Nashville is generally considered one of the pre-season favourites to end Louisville’s two-year USL Cup reign. Their early record of a win, loss and ... more
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