August 24, 2016
So first thing’s first–there won’t be *daily* roundups on this site (at least until I find some other writers), but my goal is to be able to compile Ottawa’s current sports news in one place, as much as possible.
For those of you who are familiar with Andrew Stoeten’s excellent Blue Jays Nation website, I’m intending for this to be like a “Daily Duce” where I compile, briefly summarize, and offer some opinion on media reports from throughout the day.
Let’s start with the biggest news of yesterday
- Cody Ceci signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators today. The deal is worth $5.6 million over the two year term, and comes with a $2.8 million cap hit each season. In season 1 Ceci will make $2.25 million and in season 2 he’ll make $3.35 million. As B_T from Silver Seven Sens points out, the contract leaves Ceci with two years of RFA eligibility and means that the minimum qualifying offer the Sens can make is $3.35 million when his new contract expires. Again, as B_T smartly points out, this could be great for the Sens if Ceci continues improving, but could be disastrous if he falters, like Patrick Wiercioch did this season in a contract year. For those that don’t remember, the Sens didn’t even bother qualifying Wiercioch, and decided instead to wash their hands of him. Poor Kyle Turris is short a BFF!
- Again from Silver Seven Sens, Ross A shares a candid interview with Erik Karlsson that was originally published in Swedish, and translated with a little bit of help from our friends at Habs Eyes on the Prize. What did we learn from this interview? Well, Erik likes fancy clothes, and had a year-long disagreement with best bud/cool dad Daniel Alfredsson over “talent development and skill.” It’s likely just imprecise translation, but part of me wonders what they actually disagree about. There’s no question Karlsson is a unique physical specimen, but remember last year the outrage that arose when King Karl essentially admitted he hadn’t focused on training last summer? I wonder if it had something to do with that. Another fun fact: one of Erik Karlsson’s favourite pizzas is the “Sweden Special” from his hometown of Landsbro. It’s topped with raw onions and kebab sauce. I’ll just leave it at that.
- Even if Alfie & Karlsson’s year-long “argument” had something to do with the current Sens captain’s conditioning, it appears to be a non-issue this season. Ken Warren of the Ottawa CitiSun reports that Karlsson showed up to Sweden’s World Cup of Hockey training camp in top shape. This is obviously great news for Sens fans, and should give us hope that Karlsson is set to have another incredible season. Thankfully, the World Cup will serve as a fun little preview, and I can’t wait to see our captain take the ice for Sweden.
That’s it from Sens land for now–stay tuned for more, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any hot takes, suggestions for me–whatever. I’m fairly new to this so I’ll try to take all feedback constructively!