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Blackhawks name Maciver assistant GM

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The Chicago Blackhawks knew they’d need a replacement after ex-assistant GM Marc Bergevin took the reins in Montreal.

It didn’t take long to find their guy.

Today, the ‘Hawks announced Director of Player Personnel Norm Maciver has been promoted to serve as GM Stan Bowman’s right-hand man. Maciver, 47, has been with the ‘Hawks for the last five years — prior to working with Chicago, he’d served as the assistant coach in Boston under bench boss Mike Sullivan.

“Norm has proven to be a valuable asset to our hockey operations over the past five years, so we are excited to be able to elevate him to this role,” Bowman said in a statement posted on the team website. “He has an excellent handle on the players within our organization, from recent draft picks to veterans, and a great eye for talent evaluating.”

A journeyman NHL blueliner (stops in New York, Hartford, Edmonton, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Phoenix), Maciver promises to have his hands full this summer.

The draft is just over a month away and the ‘Hawks have a number of free agent decisions to make. A number of veteran UFAs — Andrew Brunette, Brendan Morrison, Jamal Mayers, Sean O’Donnell, Sami Lepisto and Johnny Oduya — could be retained on the cheap or be jettisoned in favor of younger players on entry-level deals.

PHT Morning Skate: Ducks-Blue Jackets sure was nasty last night

Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

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.

First off, J.F. Jacques could be getting a call from Brendan Shanahan for delivering a head shot on R.J. Umberger. (Sportsnet)

Then there was this little bit of ugliness courtesy of Thomas Kubalik hitting Bobby Ryan from behind. (The Score)

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we might suggest that fighting Jared Boll is a bad idea, something Sheldon Brookbank might want to rethink next time around. (Hockey Fights)

And even through all that, the fans even got busy mixing it up with the Blue Jackets players. (Puck Daddy)

Ty Conklin getting the win last night could be huge for his confidence as a backup. (Detroit Free Press)

Lanny McDonald is happy to welcome Jarome Iginla to the 500 goal club. (Calgary Sun)

Guess what? The Sabres have been bad since getting beat down by the Bruins. It’s just open season on the Sabres apparently. (Buffalo News)

Sorry Jets fans, you can forget about getting Teemu Selanne or Ryan Getzlaf. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Oilers might stink, but Taylor Hall is playing his face off these days. (Edmonton Journal)

Erik Karlsson is doing great things in Ottawa. So good, in fact, he’s looking to take down… Norm Maciver’s team records? Oh, Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)

Alex Ovechkin the enforcer? Maybe not, but how about him just doing his thing as a captain instead. (CSNWashington.com)

Finally, Senators coach Paul MacLean isn’t exactly the biggest fan of Danny Briere especially after going after Kyle Turris on Saturday. (Ottawa Sun)

Senators celebrate 20th anniversary by bringing back one of NHL’s all-time worst teams for opening night

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It might be hard for some of you to believe, but this upcoming season marks the Ottawa Senators’ 20th in the NHL. Let that sink in so some of you can now dwell on how old that makes you feel.

The Sens have big plans to help commemorate the season including wearing a special heritage jersey (which will look like the one seen at Icethetics) on opening night against the Minnesota Wild. Getting a hockey team back in Ottawa was a big deal for everyone involved and while the Sens have just one Stanley Cup finals appearance back in 2007 to hang their hat on and an avoided bankruptcy thanks to the big money of Eugene Melnyk buying the team, the Sens are doing something else on opening night that’s rather curious.

When Ottawa holds their home opener on October 11 against Minnesota, they’ll introduce the players that suited up in the team’s inaugural game. As the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch points out, it’ll be a special night for the Sens.

All the players from the roster of the franchise’s inaugural game are being invited back to be introduced before the home opener, Oct. 11 against the Minnesota Wild. That should also cut down on the boos directed Dany Heatley’s way.

It seems like only yesterday that captain Laurie Boschman and his new teammates scored a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 8, 1992 at the Civic Centre.

“It does bring back a lot of memories,” said Boschman. “The important thing is that going into their 20th year, this team has been — if you take away the last couple of years — their record has been equal to anybody in the NHL.

“It’s been wonderful to be a hockey fan here and to raise three boys that are Senators fans. That’s what’s really neat.”

In that first game, the newly born Senators beat Montreal 5-3 on the strength of two goals from Doug Smail along with goals each from Neil Brady, Ken Hammond, and Sylvain Turgeon. Getting the win for the Sens that night in goal was Peter Sidorkiewicz while coach Rick Bowness led the way on the bench.

The win would indeed be special because they wouldn’t win another game until late November. That Senators team finished the year with a 10-70-4 record. Defenseman Norm Maciver led the team in points with 63 while Turgeon led the team in goals with 25. Poor Peter Sidorkiewicz would end the season going 8-46-3 with a 4.43 goals against average and .856 save percentage. While that Sens team wasn’t the worst team of all-time, they rank in the top five as one of the worst in NHL history. Hey, at least Mike Peluso was in the top five in the league in penalty minutes with 318. Yeah, he was just fifth that year.

Things have gotten better for Ottawa in recent years as they’ve been able to make the playoffs more often than not, but after a brutal season last year the fans are feeling a bit down. Captain Daniel Alfredsson is at least on the quick road to recovery to start the year, but if Sens fans can take solace in anything, it’s that no matter what, the current Senators can never be as bad as the original team.

At least they’d better hope not.