Tag: Chris Tierney

Ottawa Senators; Trouble in Paradise as Uber driver releases video of players bashing team

 

Here is the unofficial video that was released late Monday night. The players in the car are Thomas Cabot, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Chris Wideman and Colin White. The video goes on for about two minutes and ranges from the players ripping on their teams powerplay, penalty kill, forecheck, systems and a whole lot more I am sure.

Anyways, to start this Uber driver is an absolute scumbag for recording these guys without them even knowing they were being recorded. At least be like “hey guys by the way I record all my rides so just a heads up you are on video right now.” Now it would have been one thing if he said that and they still did it but I am sure they would not have said anything and saved it for after the ride.

Second, I understand there is definitely concern for the things said in this video and it shows the commitment of the players, but I also do think friendly banter and joking around is not a big deal. There is no chance these guys are just going into every game saying “oh f*ck it. Who cares” sure they are not a great team and they know it but they are competitors who still compete every game. Also, this video was in Arizona right after they got shelled 7-1 in Arizona so instead of making the loss a big deal they decided to poke some fun at it. I mean they are going to have to get used to this or else it is going to be a stressful year for the team. While yes, this is not the best way to deal with a loss but keeping things loose and fun instead of having Mr. serious and stick up your ass type of guys around the room all day, everyday this is how they decided to deal with the loss.

Third, the concern is obviously is high for the Senators front office since guys like Chabot, Tierney, DeMelo, Duchene, White, Formenton are all relatively new or entirely new to the team therefore it shows that their commitment is not so high and when you have young players and new players like this making jokes and not taking their jobs serious is not great. Tensions will start to fly in the front office now and it will be pretty uneasy to be in that locker room. I see both sides of this the young guys are trying to make the most of the situation they have and poke some fun, the new players are doing the same, they do not want their life to be hell just because they are on a team that is rebuilding and going to be struggling for a couple years.

Lastly, they have come out and apologized as they collectively said:

“We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29th. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team and focusing on growing. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience and we will do better.”

Sure the apology has to come out and sound like that but I do believe the guys still care abut the team and how they perform like I said, bad loss and wanted to make light of the situation instead of being a bunch of sticklers about how they played. Weird way to deal with it probably and we all may not agree but that’s how young guys deal with loses and stuff in this league nowadays.

Guy Boucher came out after their apology and said:

“Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players apology. We are now treating this as a team matter and will be making no further comment to the media.”

Not a good look for Ottawa but the team is 5-6-3 on the year with five more road games left in the month. Probably no more Uber rides for these guys on the road. Be interesting to see if the players try and get in touch with the Uber driver.

Fantasy Hockey impact after Karlsson and Pacioretty trade: Does this downgrade Karlsson’s or Burns value?

As we all know there were two BIG trades the other day. One that involved Max Pacioretty and Erik Karlsson. But in that trade their were some other players that moving into their new role with their new team may also provide some fantasy impact.

But as you can tell by the title does this downgrade Erik Karlsson fantasy value? Well what do you think. I mean let’s be serious here. Karlsson thrived because he was the guy in Ottawa there was no one else to steal his fire power and he was able to play his game on his terms. Now obviously Karlsson will not be paired with Brent Burns still allowing him to play his game on either line one or two d-pairing but when it comes to power play time who is going to be the guy? Burns or Karlsson? What happens now? Karlsson usually logs around 20-30 power play points and Burns usually logs around the same. It will not be possible for Burns and Karlsson to have 25+ power play points each playing on the same power play. Which is why I ask, does this degrade Karlsson’s value? Or does it downgrade Burns value? This is obviously great for the Sharks but for us fantasy owners, what do you do?

Here is my take on this and predictions for Burns and Karlsson: 

Karlsson plays a full 82 game season, logging d-pair two minutes, playing power play one time I think he comes in at about 70 points, possibly more but not much. He’ll have to rely a lot on 5 on 5 points. Same for Burns, Burns usually has a lot of success on the power play therefore it can be wary for Burns owners this year. Either way Burns can come in hotter out the gate this year and perhaps slow down a little but I think Burns comes in at around 60-65 points, he’ll have a similar year like last year, nothing to crazy. He won’t be having a ton pleasure on the power play with Karlsson but still he will be a solid 60-65 point defenseman.

The value of Pacioretty now…

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Max Pacioretty due for a 35+ goal season?

Max Pacioretty, well the guy has scored 30 goals four-times in his career and all with Montreal. His highest point total of 67 points coming in 2014-15. Pacioretty will be around that same mark, he will be with a veteran center in Paul Statsny an electric young forward in Alex Tuch. Playing around 17+ minutes a game as well on the first power play, probably being the “guy” offsetting William Karlsson. I have to say this will be a great year for Pacioretty and he will benefit greatly from this trade and at 29-years-old he is at the perfect age for a 38 goal, 23 assist year.

Tomas Tartar, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo predictions

I think this is provides major upside for DeMelo and Tartar. For two reasons, one Tartar will be the guy on that second line in Montreal he has proven to be a 20+ goal scorer in the same scenario with Detroit and now he is going to Montreal with the same situation at hand. Not a lot of weapons around him but just him being the main scorer. Tartar could very well benefit from this, I think we can expect 27 goals, 17 assists from Tartar this year. Think about it, he thrived in Detroit when he was in this situation, coming out of Vegas where he did not fit well to be a veteran goal scorer on a young Montreal team it could be beneficial. He’ll play power play two(as of now) and be paired with Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen on line two. A top six forward again, power play time and logging 20 minutes, Tartar may excel.

Dylan DeMelo
Dylan DeMelo potential in Ottawa upwards of 25 points?

For DeMelo this is provides major upside because now he will be logging major minutes in Ottawa on the second pair and possibly power play two. I don’t think we see major production from DeMelo but we can expect an uptick in numbers from him. If I had to say numbers wise form DeMelo he tallies 8 goals, 20 assists, not bad numbers but better than his last year.

For Tierney this may be good or bad. He showed some positive signs last year and seemed to be really enjoying his time in San Jose to be ripped out of that and thrown into a dumpster fire like Ottawa it may not be great for the up and coming young forward. Or it can play the other way where Tierney thrives off the move and enjoys his time in Ottawa, which I doubt. Either way I see Tierney producing around 15 goals, 18 assists. This is off the contingency now with Jean Gabriel Pageau out for the first 4-6 weeks, this gives Tierney the opportunity to play on the second line with Brady Tkachuk and Ryan Dzingel the only way Tierney is somewhat relevant next year is if he is in this top six, if not he’ll be a bottom six forward and producing at around 20 points next year.