Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Talk

Two different writers, two different perspectives on what Bryan Murray will talk about with Jason Spezza.

Take resident shit-disturber Booboo Garrioch: His article today discusses Spezza's unhappiness with being booed and the speculation that he requested a trade. Of course, nobody else in hockey has mentioned this mysterious trade request. Furthermore, Garrioch penned a random piece last week that said there is simply no trade market for Spezza, even though Murray has shown no indication of shopping him. There is no trade market for Alfie or Phillips, either, if you are using the logic of availability.

Then the slightly more sensible Stevenson throws down an article today about how the conversation that Murray wants to have has nothing to do with trading him, but rather about including him in the veteran panel on how to shape the team next year. Murray says that Spezza is now in that group that takes on leadership responsibilities and Murray wants to talk with him about what they need, who is leaving, and how the team will look in the Fall. Quite a different angle than his colleague at the Sun, no?

I don't mind journalists uncovering player unhappiness and printing it. In fact, it is usually Murray that tells them about the player's emotions - Corvo requesting a trade, Schaeffer requesting a trade, etc. But to randomly print that Kovalev is untradeable, Spezza is untradeable, that is just amateur hour stuff that is best suited for half-witted blogs. It still shocks me that some of those guys get paid to travel with the team to write smut like that.

As for Spezza, of course he isn't going to be traded. I'll admit, when I read the comments from Murray in Garrioch's rendition (I know, I should have known better), it sounded like the possibility was opened that he'd be available at the draft. Now after seeing the entire set of comments, it is clear that we still have our #1 centre locked and loaded and probably a bit pissed off. Would anybody be upset if Spezza came back with a chip on his shoulder in the Fall? Not a Yashin chip, but just a bit of surliness to get back to the 90 point mark?

It is clear that this team is in a holding pattern for one more year, too. We just have so many big contracts on this team right now that our hands will be tied when it comes to UFA day. We'll hopefully have a competitive year in the Fall with Pascal playing well and Karlsson and Regin continuing to improve. After next season, we lose the Kovalev, Cheechoo, and Pascal contracts and can really start to shape this thing out properly. In the meantime, Murray will need to get Cullen back in the fold and somebody, anybody, to pair up with Phillips on the blue line.

And Garrioch - I'm not asking you to be a superfan and just blow smoke up their ass, but don't get lazy out there. You get these awards for breaking the Hasek signing and covering the Heatley saga, but don't just sit back and think you're work is done. Go find a real Sens story this summer.


Rink Rant said...

UGH. I've been saying this for a couple of years now that the Ottawa Sun is one of the most negative influences on the Senators locker room. I agree with you, these guys have a job to do but it's the way that Garrioch and Brennan carry it out that is such a joke. Such circus clowns. I felt the Brennan challenging Georges Laraque to a fight or whatever a couple of years back was where they really jumped the shark. Thats where I just couldnt accept that, as was pointed out, these guys get to travel with the team and get paid to do what they do. They need a good Tortarella Vs. Brooks style talking to. As for Spezza, unless we're getting Pavel Datsyuk (the perfect hockey player) we need to keep Spezza. I was at that game he got booed was once at the very end. Dude was trying way too hard and was getting too fancy. Some players grip their sticks too tight when they are in a jam I think Spezz starts gripping his too loose when the pressures on. Its frustrating to watch. People at that game were frustrated and took it out on the guy who's late season point streak helped get us into the playoffs. What we dont need now is any help from tabloid writers fanning the flames of running our point per game regular season/ point per game post-season 27 year old centre out of town.

Anonymous said...

the three guys on the radio are sure to drive spezza out of town. This morning they had a recording of a Spezza giggle. Very disappointing ..

Rink Rant said...

Ahhhhhhh TGOR, Never did I think I would be so addicted to such terrible radio. Oh, I know because I am even more addicted to hearing about/talking about the Sens. Hence, why I am still trolling Sens blogs in June. Yeah, it was really annoying this morning when one of the guys The Barracuda or The Dirty Dan the Garbage Man or whatever TGOR personality was like “Now, I don’t want to speculate on this vague comment from Spezza but…” then speculated on it for the rest of my drive to work. DOUFUSES!

duff said...

Forgot about TGOR. Great entertainment! Where are we when Mendes is the only semi-credible Sens media?

The Dutch Treat said...

What pisses me off is that Murray leaked out a private convo between him and Spezza and essentially fueled the flames of this trade fire.

Stand up and back your players Murray. I'm sick of the lame way you defend Spezza's play. Tell Garrioch and Brennan that this team needs Spezza and you two can f#ck yourselves.

F#CK am I getting sick of the Murray regime. 1 more year and we can move on.

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