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Saying Goodbye for now

Saying Goodbye for now

After almost 3 years at Silver Seven Sens, Trevor Shackles is leaving the site for a new opportunity It’s been about four and a half years since I first began writing about hockey. I have also been at Silver Seven Sens since August 2015, and I’ve loved every single day of it. As a Senators fan who lives out in Richmond, British Columbia, I haven’t interacted with that many Senators fans in person, besides a few that I had met at Canucks games. For most of my life, I felt like I had been the only person cheering for this team, but that changed when I began writing about them. Since...
May 16, 2018
Senators Should Explore Trading Down in the Draft

Senators Should Explore Trading Down in the Draft

With a lack of draft picks in recent years, the Ottawa Senators should look to move down from either one of their first round picks in order to get better quantity The 4th spot in the 2018 NHL Draft is the highest that the Ottawa Senators have selected a player since they took Jason Spezza 2nd overall in 2001. Although they missed out on the top-3, it still represents a great opportunity for the Senators to get back on track. And while I have argued for years that they need to get a true top-end player in the top-5 of the draft, I believe that the smart move for this year would be to look...
May 16, 2018
CBC saying Marchessault wrong as Bob Cole tribute

CBC saying Marchessault wrong as Bob Cole tribute

Turns out their pronunciation struggles are a deliberate homage As Game 2 between the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights wore on, most viewers were struck by a recurring theme: Jonathan Marchessault’s name was being mispronounced repeatedly by play-by-play commentator Jim Hughson. The mispronunciation varied, but was generally a variation on “Mar-shar-sho”. As it continued, astute viewers noticed that colour commentator Craig Simpson joined in the excessive ‘sh’ sounds in Marchessault’s last name. Kelly Hrudey kept this up during his commentary in the second intermission....
May 14, 2018
Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 4

Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 4

Our final look back at our incorrect predictions We finish our look back at our predictions, looking at what we thought the team’s record would be. The Senators finished 28-43-11, the 67 points being good enough for 30th in the league. Needless to say, none of us predicted the team to be that bad. Also below, check out the final tally for our predictions on the season. Q: 6/8 of us had the Sens making the playoffs, but even Trevor predicted the Sens would get 88 points and just barely miss. Nobody saw this 67-point season coming (though Colin did comment the Sens could finish top of the...
May 12, 2018
Playoff Bracket: Round 2 Results

Playoff Bracket: Round 2 Results

Who were the biggest risers this round? With another round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up, we move on to our next exciting moment: the reveal of the updated standings in our playoff bracket! Could ottawabob hold on to his lead after Round 1? Check it out below: An impressive rise for Clara SJ, fueled by getting all four conference finalists right. The next three all went three-for-four on those finalists. All of them still have their Cup winner still alive too, so there’s a real opportunity for anyone to emerge victorious. Unfortunately for ottawabob, his Cup pick, the Pittsburgh...
May 12, 2018
Weekly Question: What content would you like to see this summer?

Weekly Question: What content would you like to see this summer?

Silver Seven Sens writers are always looking for new and different ideas. In the off-season we can experiment with things, so I ask: what sort of content would you like to see this summer? The off-season is a fun time to be a writer, because we get to talk about hypothetical signings, trades, and draft picks, and there’s usually a lot of optimism about things that could happen. At the same time though, when your team doesn’t make the playoffs, the off-season can be excruciatingly long. I love the time around mid-June to early July when the hotstove is turned back on, and we get to...
May 10, 2018
Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 3

Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 3

Looking back on the lead point-getter and the first trade Moving on with our preseason prediction review, this time we look at who were thought would lead the team in points and who would be the first to be traded. Q: The writers were unanimous in picking Erik Karlsson to lead the team in points, and in a way they were right, though Mark Stone had as many points in 13 fewer games. What do you think it says about this team that both of its top point-getters missed more than 10 games? Was it a surprise for Mark Stone to lead this team in points? Trevor: I wouldn’t say it was a total...
May 9, 2018
Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 2

Sterling Predictions Re-Visited: Part 2

Looking back at Bobby Ryan’s point totals Continuing revisiting our Sterling Predictions, today we look at two: predicting Bobby Ryan’s point totals (over/under at 40), and who would lead the team in goals. In that vein, we look back on our predictions. Q: We asked if Bobby Ryan would hit 40 points, and 5/8 were correct by saying he wouldn’t. However, even noted pessimist Trevor overpredicted at 34 points -- Bobby only hit 33. However, he was on pace for 44 points if finger injuries hadn’t kept coming back. Do you think Ryan would’ve hit 40 points if healthy? Do you think he still...
May 7, 2018
Revisiting all the times we’ve been wrong

Revisiting all the times we’ve been wrong

The Vegas Golden Knights have made a lot of people look stupid. Let’s revisit some times that I have looked stupid in regards to Senators players, and I encourage everyone to play along! The Vegas “we stole your 8th best forward or 4th best defenseman” Golden Knights are heading to the Conference Finals. Nobody thought they’d be this good, and even those who were optimistic on their chances didn’t think they’d be in the final four. This entire season they’ve essentially laughed at everyone who said how bad they were going to be. I was certainly part of that group, and if you...
May 2, 2018
Sterling Predictions Re-visited: Part 1

Sterling Predictions Re-visited: Part 1

In Part 1 of the series, the Silver Seven Sens staff re-visit their pre-season predictions Part of learning from your mistakes is looking back on the choices you’ve made to try to understand your reasoning at the time. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll improve yourself for the next time through the knowledge you’ve gained. In our case, we like to re-visit our Sterling Predictions as a shameful reminder of just how wrong we are about basically everything. It’s important to be humbled from time to time. No one ever knows anything. For Part 1 of this series, we look back on our...
May 2, 2018
With Senators Coaches Returning, Look for Changes on the Roster

With Senators Coaches Returning, Look for Changes on the Roster

Pierre Dorion and the whole Senators coaching staff will be returning next season, which leaves only one place for sweeping changes to be made: on the roster itself The 2017-18 Ottawa Senators followed up a tremendous season with almost the worst possible outcome: finishing second last in the entire league. With that, one would expect there to be some changes made, even if the front office believed in most of the people in the organization. Considering Pierre Dorion has been the GM for just two years, it didn’t seem like he was going to be fired by Eugene Melnyk just yet. However, Guy...
May 1, 2018
Entire Sens coaching staff back for 2018-19

Entire Sens coaching staff back for 2018-19

Biggest change is Cookson, Raymond swapping spots After two polar-opposite seasons (at least in terms of results) for the Ottawa Senators, most fans weren’t sure what to expect when it came to coaches for next season. We finally have an answer, with Pierre Dorion revealing his plans on TSN 1200: Pierre Dorion tells @TSN1200 that Guy Boucher and his staff will return in 2018-19 season.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 1, 2018 Dorion says Guy Boucher will run the power play next season. Rob Cookson will go behind the bench as an assistant coach, while Martin Raymond becomes the "eye...
Apr 28, 2018
Sens drop two spots; will pick 4th in 2018 Draft

Sens drop two spots; will pick 4th in 2018 Draft

Luck isn’t in Ottawa’s favour tonight as Carolina and Montreal move up. Coming into the draft with the second-best odds at landing Rasmus Dahlin, luck wasn’t in the Senators favour tonight. At the second intermission of the Sharks - Golden Knights game, we’ll find out whether Ottawa will have to face another number one overall pick in their division (Buffalo, Montreal). If you’re like me, you’re hoping that Carolina — who also won a top-three pick — grabs the top selection. Here’s how it played out: It’ll be an nervous couple of hours as we await whether the top pick...
Apr 28, 2018
Draft lottery info and open thread

Draft lottery info and open thread

When/how/why to watch, so you can be prepared for maximum anger! Since the season ended, fans of the Ottawa Senators have had one postseason date in the backs of their minds: the draft lottery. Well now we know that the lottery runs tonight! Here’s everything you need to know: Where: CBC, NBC, TVASWhen: 7:30 pm EST - picks 4-15 will be unveiled; second intermission of Knights/Sharks (around 9:45 p.m.) - picks 1-3 will be unveiled That’s right, the picks will be released in two waves. During the evening pre-game, we’ll find out everyone who didn’t win the lottery. Then during the...
Apr 28, 2018
Playoff Bracket: Round 1 Results

Playoff Bracket: Round 1 Results

How did you do after one round? So with the second round now underway (unless you’re the Sharks or Pekka Rinne), it’s time to look back on how the S7S playoff bracket is going. How were your picks after Round 1? Check out the standings below: So congrats to ottawabob, whose 20 points have him solely in first place. He went 8/8, and got all the length of all four Eastern Conference series correct. That’s pretty amazing. For the record though, it’s still anyone’s bracket, depending on what happens next. All four of my picks to win in Round 2 are still alive, so I’m pretty bullish...