The Florida Panthers are in Ottawa tonight for their final match-up with the Senators before they return home to finish the regular season against Carolina. The Cats have little to play for other than pride at this point, having clinched the Atlantic Division crown Tuesday night in Montreal.
The Senators were a team that went on a magical run at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season to make the NHL playoffs, where they pushed the Canadiens hard in the first round before ultimately bowing out. Unfortunately for Sens fans, the "Hamburglar's" heroics were not to be repeated, and they have been eliminated from postseason play this year. With coaching issues and an owner spending a lot of time in the news, it seemed like a messy season in Ottawa from afar. We wanted to check in with our friend Ross and get the facts.
Ross: I think Andy has been well-loved, especially because Ottawa had a reputation for a long time as a goaltending graveyard. There's a strong argument to be made for him as the best goaltender in Ottawa history, since he's just 21 wins behind Patrick Lalime for the most in franchise history, and has better overall career stats. Watching him steal a playoff series against the Canadiens (and almost steal another one last year) has won people over. People weren't sure about him at first, but he's managed to prove himself as probably the best goalie in franchise history. (Dominik Hasek and his wonky adductor muscle not considered.)
We'd like to thank Ross for stopping by and chatting with us. If there is a Canadian franchise that shares any of the Panthers "kicked mutt" type of persona in the NHL media, it is Ottawa, so we wish them well and that they may eternally beat Montreal and Toronto. Stop by Silver Seven for my responses to Ross' questions, and give him a follow on Twitter as well at @Sheer_Rossyness.