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It’s Ottawa Senators day on PHT

Jul 29, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we continue with the Ottawa Senators.

After just about everyone predicted them to finish in the Eastern Conference’s cellar, the Ottawa Senators instead managed a spirited playoff run. They even gave the New York Rangers a scare.

One could attribute that surprise turnaround to a number of factors, although the top three probably include some combination of Paul MacLean’s fine coaching, Erik Karlsson‘s Norris season and Jason Spezza‘s redemption.

Aside from re-signing Karlsson, the Sens’ biggest offseason question remains unanswered as Daniel Alfredssson is still undecided about retirement.

After being rebuffed by Rick Nash, it’s clear that the Sens’ biggest strides will be made from within.

Perhaps MacLean can also ween a bit more out of Kyle Turris and help Guillaume Latendresse rebound this season like Milan Michalek did in 2011-12?

We’ll examine Ottawa’s biggest questions at PHT today, so stick around.

  1. zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    If soupcan comments he likes men!

    • soupcanarmygeneral - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      like that would stop soup can. soup can loves men, I thought you realized that.
      soupcan doesnt want alfie to retire, he is a big part of the league, besides soupcan he is the best captain in the league

      • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Soupcan gay count – 1

      • soupcanarmygeneral - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        so just because I say that the entire soup can army loves men means im gay??

      • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Soupcan gay count: 3

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Why isn’t all this deleted and both posters banned?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        So why is it Craig C on the baseball side of the blog can perma -ban Bicepts yet we have to read daily garbage from this guy pretending to be a Pens fan?

        Why isn’t every post of his deleted every time at the least?

        Why is it acceptable to have some idiot using the word gay as an insult?
        I guess it’s ok to use terminology like black as a negative too?
        Or Jew

        Patrick Kane is always getting in trouble he must have BLACKS in his family
        Look at how much money Parise required to sign a contract he must be a Jewish

        PHT this has been a joke for far too long. Learn to use the tools on the site and start banning and deleting and stay on top of it.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        I apologize for my comments but i will not stand for this nonsense anymore. I am not the hero pht needs, i am the one it deserves !

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        why dont you get banned for being happy players broke other players necks on purpose?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        And nice job on comparing a single punch with a glove on, to a head with a helmet on, to a gun shot to the face.

        Let me guess
        you voted for Barry didn’t you?
        Oh wait
        Gotta be of voting age and that excluded you.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Bert broke his neck on purpose now everybody. Congrats on that gem McKnowknowing

        Amazing
        Bravo

  2. wingsfan40 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Lol

  3. wingsfan40 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Guess soup can likes likes men

    • paledevil - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      My first clue of gayness was the characterture of a “tank penis” being piloted by a little guy.. But heck give him credit takes a lots of balls to wear that shirt in public… unless your in San Fran

      “so just because I say that the entire soup can army loves men means im gay??” Yea thats an affirmitive

  4. wingsfan40 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    And no the best captain in the league was lidstrom

    • soupcanarmygeneral - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      not sure if you got the memo WINGFAN, but Lids retired. I said IS, maybe you should learn to read.
      STAY GIRTHY

      • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Soupcan gay count : 2
        STAY OFF DRUGS

  5. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    soup can army day on pro crosby talk again! wow i love this site. only thing better would be if philthadelphia got nuked off the map. WE LOVE SOUP CANS BLOATED JOCK. http://thickarmy.tumblr.com/

    • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      soupcan gay count: 4

  6. GenosGirthRod - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    It’s obvious that the world can’t get enough of The Almighty Soupcan. Almost feel bad for needle thick teams like the Sens. The Franchise has the best players in the universe. They are the standard that all teams try to mimic. Stay Wide

  7. broadstbully33 - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Don’t forget, send ur cans to melon to support the penguins. Don’t let them go bankrupt 3 times. Forwarding address Kansas City

  8. quonce - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Yawn

  9. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    follow us on twitter @SoupCanArmy and hear the latest murder and rape charges in philthi

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