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Bobrovsky admits he has ‘zero confidence right now’


You know how people rub it in when a highly paid goalie flops? That’s probably happening to Sergei Bobrovsky right now.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were already “off the rails” after starting the season with three straight losses, so how do you describe them after they also dropped a painful 7-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators?

/Scans “Crazy Train” lyrics to see if anything tops “off the rails”

All joking aside, the Blue Jackets are a mess right now. It’s not fair to pin the blame on Bobrovsky alone, either.

Still, this is how sports work. When a team lays a bunch of eggs, you go after the biggest name (who usually draws the largest salary).

Let’s be honest, when you’re making $7.425 million per year, people aren’t going to be happy when you allow six goals on just 25 shots.

It’s not as if this is one off night, as Bobrovsky continued a streak in which he’s allowed at least four goals in every game in this young season.

Not everyone will be as forgiving as the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline was here:

To little surprise, the team had a closed-door meeting, also according to Portzline:

So, let’s ponder this, then: how worried should Columbus be (in general and about Bobrovsky in particular)?

Sens’ MacArthur out for night thanks to lower-body injury


The Ottawa Senators have been impressive against the Columbus Blue Jackets so far tonight, but not all the news is good news.

Forward Clarke MacArthur‘s night is over thanks to a lower-body injury, according to a variety of reporters. The severity of the injury isn’t clear at the moment (beyond being serious enough to end his night early, of course).

There’s not much information about how MacArthur got hurt. Here’s the best description available so far, though:

So maybe just a tough break?

Don’t sleep on Ottawa’s top line

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When people discuss the NHL’s best scoring lines, the Ottawa Senators’ trio probably doesn’t come up that often.

That might change if they maintain their chemistry throughout the 2015-16 season, however.

The trio of Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone are off to a red-hot start so far, reminding people that for as fantastic as Erik Karlsson is, the Senators boast other talented young players.

Seriously, bask in the glory of Stone’s setup for Turris in the video above. It’s a jaw-dropper.

Coming into tonight’s contest against the desperate Columbus Blue Jackets, every member of that line had at least a point-per-game. That will remain the case if Hoffman can get on the board.

Even if he cannot, this trio might help to change playoff runs from Cinderella stories to the status quo.

Update: Hoffman got his goal, and Ottawa clobbered Columbus 7-3. Wow.

Get your Kleenex, Flyers fans: Video tribute for Timonen


There was no speech from Kimmo Timonen, but maybe that’s fitting.

A short ceremony doesn’t represent his lengthy, successful career; that said, flying a bit under the radar does.

He was an excellent defenseman for the Nashville Predators and won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, but for many, he’ll always be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The team honored him on Wednesday night, and there was some fun interplay between Timonen and Claude Giroux during the ceremonial puck drop:

Not every eye was dry, apparently:

Scott Hartnell provided a humorous, heartfelt tribute to Timonen, which you can see here.

So, what’s next for Mike Richards?


Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi casts himself as something of a victim – if not jilted lover – as far as Mike Richards goes, but the bottom line is that his team benefited from the situation.

They essentially were given a salary cap slap on the wrist.

What about Richards, though?

His contract was an albatross for all involved, to the point that it’s easy to forget that he’s just 30. Will he be back in the NHL, then?

As you can see in the video above, Bob McKenzie’s answer is yes … eventually.

Richards’ legal situation still needs to shake out, and the league must decide how to handle the next step for the veteran forward, whether that be discipline and/or admission to the substance abuse program.

Long story short, though … we may see a day in which Richards gets to play against the Kings.

/gathers popcorn in advance