the Sens are a much harder working bunch then they were before the lockout. the players you named are hard working guys – although i am never really sold on Alfie.
the only way they can shed that reputation is if they stop being outworked by lesser teams and they go deep in the playoffs on a more regular basis. its not really fair though because i dont think the lack of grit is the only reason for that … i seriously think that there is a very fragile psychology around this team based on past results … and the media and the fans in the city reflect that fragile mentality BIG time.
the Sens do need to be under the radar IMO, the problem is the cannot be because they are just too talented.
but like i said, despite their good record against the leafs this year … this Sens team has been outworked by the leafs in pretty much every game they played – even in the blowouts. the problem is the leafs have to work hard for each and every goal they get – the Sens just have to sit back and wait for Toronto to make a mistake (and they make many despite their effort).
this is really evident when you look at last year's Leaf team – who was outskilled AND outworked because of Quinn and the vets. now with Maurice behind the bench that doesnt happen. the leafs are harder to play against but dont have the skill the Sens have. until they outwork the lesser teams – like the leafs and caps etc. – I dont think the Sens will go far in the playoffs – in the regular season sure but not the playoffs.]]>
I don't get it, have you ever seen more than 2 games in a row where the Sens have been "Outworked", they don't have a good playoff record, but neither does Toronto, Philly, Nashville or great pre-lockout teams like Vancouver, St. Louis but everybofy says the Sens don't work hard, why is that????]]>
Not that i am criticizing the guy in a negative way. I like him and it’s normal to see certain free agents play badly, but with effort, in their first year with a new team they signed with. It happened to Kaspar too, but ever since…Kasapr’s been our better d-man. Ward will be solid next season as he should be settled by then.]]>