Craig Anderson saved 27 shots to lead Ottawa to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets to kickoff the Senators’ season. He’s the clear starter for the team, but remains to be seen who his understudy will be.
The Ottawa Senators entered the season with young netminders Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner in addition to Anderson.
Lehner in particular has plenty of promise and was superb in the AHL during the lockout. However, Lehner is on a two-way contract while Ben Bishop is not.
At this point it looks like the Senators will either trade Bishop or return Lehner to the minors, according to the Ottawa Sun. The Edmonton Oilers might be a potential training partner, especially with Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve list.
“I’ve had calls. Oh yeah, I’m talking,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said. “I don’t know what we’re doing at this point. I just want to see what the interest level is, but yeah we have to be open-minded.”
It is believed that the Senators are hoping to get a top-four defenseman in return.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?