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Hernia surgery ends the season of Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan

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By Allan Muir

The immutable laws of math assure us that the Senators remain in contention for a playoff berth in the East.

Bobby Ryan’s health tells us otherwise.

The veteran winger will undergo hernia surgery today in Montreal, ending his season and snipping whatever thin filament of postseason hope the team’s diehards still grasped.

“Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • GIFS: Ottawa players show frustration, anger after Montreal’s OT game-winner

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    (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    The Canadiens scored three goals in less than four minutes to send the game to OT. (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    It just kept getting louder and louder in Montreal as the Canadiens rallied from down three goals to the Senators with less than four minutes left to play, tying the game and forcing overtime. The last two goals were hotly disputed by Ottawa.

    Senators goalie Robin Lehner complained that Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban was in his crease when David Desharnais scored the tying goal in the final second. When Habs blueliner Francis Bouillion tallied the OT winner after the play arguably could have been blown dead, the Senators boiled over.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • Top Line: Team Canada Sochi talk; NHL trade rumors; more links

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    Roberto Luongo

    Has Roberto Luongo done enough to be Canada’s starter between the pipes? (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Eric Francis said an early-season foot injury derailed the chances of Mark Giordano to make Team Canada. I’m not so sure. At this point, no one would be shocked if he was left off, but I get the sense that he’s still a legitimate option for the No. 8 defenseman role.

    • Roberto Luongo will certainly be one of three goalies named to Canada’s roster on Tuesday, but has he done enough to start the tournament as the team’s No. 1?

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  • Published On Jan 05, 2014
  • Top Line: The challenges of Team Canada’s roster, more links

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    Taylor Hall stands a good chance to make Team Canada, but he is far from a guarantee. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

    Taylor Hall stands a good chance to make Team Canada, but he is far from a guarantee to be included. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Eric Duhatschek has a terrific interview with Ken Hitchcock, who shares what he’s learned about the challenges of Olympic hockey over the course of three stints behind the Team Canada bench. Some fascinating stuff here.

    • When Globe & Mail staffers got together to assemble the perfect Canadian squad, the exercise only highlighted how tough it will be for team management to finalize their roster.

    • Team Canada officials are keeping their lips zipped about their selection process, but they have revealed when they’ll reveal their roster.

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  • Published On Jan 04, 2014
  • Team USA’s GM tries apology to Bobby Ryan, deserves blame for Burke mess

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    Team USA GM David Poile is trying to apologize to Bobby Ryan for harsh comments made by Brian Burke.

    David Poile is in the blunt assessment business, so why is he shocked by what Brian Burke said? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Hockey smart, but media-savvy? Hardly.

    How else to characterize USA Hockey officials, and Team USA general manager David Poile in particular, in the wake of a Friday morning press conference that exposed just how little thought was given to a plan that allowed media access to the group’s Olympic roster selection meetings?

    That access blew up in their faces when Brian Burke’s blunt assessments of Senators forward Bobby Ryan became a bigger story than the makeup of the team itself.

    “The problem, and the communication breakdown that we had, was we thought this was similar to the HBO 24/7 situation where we [would have] editorial review on what was going to be [printed],” Poile explained. “It caught all of us off guard.

    “That’s on us. It’s a little bit of a breakdown.”

    A little bit of a breakdown. As far as explanations go, that’s pretty Costanza-esque.

    MUIR: USA’s All-Snubbed Team | Ryan calls Burke “gutless” for remarks

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  • Published On Jan 03, 2014
  • Top Line: Ovechkin, Malkin on Sochi superline; Subban shines; more links

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    Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin

    Old buddies Ovi and Evgeni won some hardware together at the 2012 World Championship. (AFP/GettyImages)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Are the Russians planning on icing a superline in Sochi? Evgeni Malkin believes his long-time national team running buddy Nikolai Kulemin will be replaced by Alex Ovechkin, and that the Great 8 will be playing left wing on the unit. Scary … or a disaster waiting to happen?

    • You gotta love how Kyle Okposo dealt with his Team USA snub. He handled the media’s questions with class, then went out and scored the game winner against the Blackhawks in OT. You have to think that if the Americans lose a forward to injury between now and Sochi, it’ll come down to Okposo or Chicago’s Brandon Saad to fill the open spot.

    • These are Ryan Miller’s numbers for December while playing for the worst team in hockey: 5-2-1 with a 1.82 GAA and a .949 save percentage. How is there any debate over the starting job for Team USA in Sochi?

    • Maybe the American talent pool isn’t quite as deep as we thought.

    • You say you don’t like P.K. Subban as a member of Team Canada? Well, if you’d watched him tear apart the Stars’ defense in a mesmerizing one-goal, three-assist performance on Thursday night, you’d pay for his plane fare to Sochi. He made a couple of nice defensive plays, too, including a show of strength against possible Team Russia forward Val Nichushkin. Just a terrific performance. Check out this goal:

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  • Published On Jan 03, 2014
  • Bobby Ryan: Team USA’s Brian Burke “gutless” after Sochi Olympics snub

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    Brian Burke of Team USA was called gutless by Bobby Ryan.

    The famously blunt Brian Burke has reached out to Bobby Ryan, but not heard back. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Bobby Ryan says that he felt all along that there wasn’t a place for him on Team USA for the Sochi Games, and that he believed he’d be the odd man out when the roster was announced after Wednesday’s Winter Classic.

    What he didn’t expect was to be humiliated, essentially in public, by his old boss.

    Brian Burke, Team USA’s director of player personnel, and the man who drafted Ryan with the No. 2 pick in 2005, was quoted extensively in Scott Burnside’s piece detailing the process that went into selecting the American roster. The debates that were captured over various players were honest, and not always flattering, and Burke was particularly frank in his assessment of Ryan’s shortcomings.

    MUIR:  Why Team USA’s GM deserves blame for the Ryan snub mess

    He apparently made it clear early on that he could not support selecting Ryan, a player he’d chosen four years earlier to represent the U.S.A. in Vancouver. Among his choice arguments against selecting the Senators sniper:

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  • Published On Jan 02, 2014
  • The USA Sochi Olympics all-snubbed hockey team

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    Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson was left off the 2014 USA Olympic hockey team.

    Blueliner Jack Johnson’s fire will likely be missed in big games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A look at the worthy players who were left out when the roster for Team USA was announced today in Ann Arbor:

    MUIR: Cuts show depth, potential of Team USA

    Goaltender

    Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning): No American has more wins or a better save percentage than the 27-year-old, but his lack of experience hurt. He would have been slotted at No. 3 at best, so he was unlikely to have seen action in any case.

    Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils): A real talent and a big-game player, but he’s never really got his feet under him since his trade to the Devils.

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  • Published On Jan 01, 2014
  • The 13 biggest, most notable NHL team impact moves of 2013

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    Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope to the Colorado Avalanche in 2013.

    Trio Grande: Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope in Colorado. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Change, for lack of a better word, is good. It brings focus to an organization. Keeps a room fresh. Creates competition. Brings a team closer to its goal. Gives the fans reason to believe … if not now, then next year.

    Here’s our list of the 13 most noteworthy, impactful changes that were made during the course of 2013.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful |

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  • Published On Dec 27, 2013
  • Ryan Miller to St. Louis Blues and the likelihood of other rumored NHL trades

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    The St. Louis Blues could swing a trade for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

    As the Blues storm to Cup contender status, a trade for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller would be key. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With the salary cap strangling most of the league — 11 teams have no space, and another nine have less than $2 million to play with — the trade market has been sluggish, but intriguing rumors keep bubbling. Twelve scouts attended Buffalo’s game on Tuesday night–not surprising considering the yard sale the Sabres are setting up–but the team that might be watching them the closest was at the other end of the ice.

    No matter how well Jaroslav Halak has played for St. Louis (and to be fair, he was great on Thursday night in Boston), there’s a sense that he’s more like long relief than the closer. Ryan Miller, arguably the best goalie in the league this year, might be the guy who can get the Blues over the hump.

    Now you have to think the Sabres have made/will make an effort to convince Miller to stick around now that there’s new management in place. If that fails–and assume it will because it’s hard to imagine him wanting to stick around for a rebuild at his age (33)–the Blues make some sense.

    St. Louis does have a couple of intriguing prospects in Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie, and one of them could be key to getting a deal done. The trick for the Blues will be the cap. St. Louis is only $396,859 under the ceiling. Miller’s hit is $6.25 million, so even if the Blues included Halak and his expiring $3.75 million hit, they still wouldn’t have enough room. That means the Sabres would have to be willing to eat some money as they did in the deal that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders last month, and for the right prospect/package, they might.

    Then we have the Rangers and Stars. I noticed that there were no scouts in attendance on Thursday night when Dallas hosted the New York, and that seemed kind of odd. First, because the Stars have been regularly bird-dogged this season, with three-to-five interested observers on hand for most of their games. And second, because both teams have a player who appears to be up for grabs.

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  • Published On Nov 22, 2013


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