Erik Karlsson stays put with Ottawa Senators

Looks like Erik Karlsson is staying in Ottawa with the Ottawa Senators.  At least for now.  His contract is not up until next year, so we may go through all of this stress again then.

I must admit I have mixed emotions about the possibility of trading him.  On one hand, I realize the financial shenanigans (reasons) may make sense to the bottom line of the Senators’ budget.  On the other hand, however, why would you get rid of a franchise player, arguably the best defenseman ever, in hopes of acquiring another good defensive player with a few bonus players thrown in?

Many teams (apparently) lined up to make their offers of what (who) they thought Erik Karlsson is worth to them, but (again apparently) none of them were willing to add as many bonuses we thought he is worth.

It is true that this season has not been Karlsson’s best (by far) This can be explained and even expected by the fact that he was not able to attend full summer training with the team due to his foot/ankle injury.  It probably did not help that he played on the injured foot during last year’s playoffs where the Senators were as close as an overtime loss in game seven to making the Stanley Cup finals.  I’m sure the Pittsburgh Penguins led by Sidney Crosby were sweating big time (extremely worried) that game.

The Senators are not expected to make the playoffs this season.  So hopefully Erik Karlsson can recuperate (heal) properly and be back to his former glory next season.  I for one am glad to see him stick around.  His skill level is awesome to watch on the ice and he is a charismatic leader on and off the ice within our community.


NHL Intentional Injuries Rule

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I believe that a new NHL rule should be implemented to reduce intentional injuries in hockey.  The rule would apply to those players that viciously injure their opponents putting them out of the game and possibly several games.  The offending player should be suspended for as many games as the injured player is out. Simple. Effective. Fair. Justice.

There are far too many whacks with the hockey sticks (slashing in hockey lingo) injuring players.  I am not talking about incidental nips, I am referring to the intentional injuries in the form of slashes at a player’s hand.

Two years ago P.K. Subban of the (then) Montreal Canadiens put Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators out for the season with a fractured wrist from a slash to the hand.

It should not matter if the victim or the offender is the best player in the league or a fourth-liner; the rule should be consistent to make it effective.  The quality of the player is another can of worms that needs to be opened. In short, many believe Sidney Crosby (arguably the best player in the NHL) gets away with much more than the average player because of his elevated status in the game.

Did you see the whack (slash) on Marc Methot’s hand compliments of the great Sidney Crosby last night as the Ottawa Senators played (beat) the Pittsburgh Penguins? Maybe not the slash, because apparently, the referees did not see that either.  Although it was displayed on the scoreboard for the Ottawa fans at the game to see.   We (viewers at home too) all saw Methot’s bloody finger with the nail and skin hanging off the end.  So bad was the injury that it required ten stitches to reattach the severed finger.

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We all saw Crosby skate off with a bored (no remorse there) look on his face too. No apology was issued either.   Word is if the hit had been higher on the hand, Methot may have lost his finger.

Another funny (not really) fact is that high sticks, regardless of whether they are intentional injuries or not, are always penalized.  In fact, the victim tries very hard to produce blood to get an additional two minutes added to the penalty.   The referee even checks the victim over for the presence of blood before deciding to give the perpetrator two or four minutes in the sin bin.

The blood was pretty evident at the end of Methot’s finger, for all to see.  No penalty call from the refs though.  Was that because Sidney Crosby was the offender? It sure looked that way…

Methot is out for several weeks; Crosby is playing again tonight.  Where is the justice in that?  A new NHL injury rule might help, certainly wouldn’t hurt!

Welcome to Kanata, Ontario, Canada

This post is in response to a challenge from Opinionated Man for bloggers to talk about their hometowns…

Kanata has a population of approximately 102,000 people.  It is the western suburb of Ottawa which is Canada’s capital city. Ottawa has a population of approximately 885,000 people, including those in Kanata. The name Kanata means village or settlement in the Iroquois language.  The name Canada is derived from the word Kanata.  Apparently settlers first heard the word Kanata and misspelled it when naming Canada.

Kanata is a great place to live as it is relatively quiet without the hustle and bustle of downtown Ottawa, but still close enough (20 minute drive) to the big city to enjoy it when and if you wish to.  Kanata is well known in the technology sector, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the north.

Kanata residents are proud to be the home of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL)  Ottawa is definitely a hockey town, with thousands of minor and junior hockey teams on the ice from September to April.  Curling is also a popular winter sport here in Canada, especially amongst my family members.  In the summer months residents enjoy playing soccer, tennis, golf, baseball, lacrosse and more.  As the mother of three boys, my life does seem to revolve around sports.

We have four seasons here in Ottawa, each lasting three months on the calendar, but blending together much more gradually.  For example, we had snow here and lots of it well before the calendar said it was winter and are now waiting impatiently for spring to show its face.  

I am the proud owner of a landscaping company called GARDENS4U so spend most of my time working in other peoples’ gardens. I’m sure you probably guessed my passion for gardening from the pictures I have included.  In the off season (which has been incredibly long this year) I work on the website for the company and write. My blog is the main venue for writing, but I have been dabbling in freelanced writing too this winter.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my life here in Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.