Iím not boycotting anything. Iíve got my season tickets and I will be there for the Sens 1st home game of 2013 and their last as well. Alfie deserves that (if he playsÖif there is a season). Boycotting proves nothing except that you are a bitter man who holds onto grudges. Focus on positives. Haha.
I wasnít surprised by the acquisition of Bishop last season, just happy. Lehner (my favorite prospect) was the opposite of a professional in 2011-12. Canít say I blame him; but he was, and is, better than that in all aspects, on and off the ice. It is fairly well known amongst hardcore Sens fans that the glaring weakness on their depth chart was in net. GM Murray addressed those needs and you are seeing the fruits of his labor.
Your assessment is right in my opinion. Lehner is looking like a professional now. He always had the ability to stop the puck, but approached the game wrong mentally and physically last season. If it wasnít for Lehner (and Bishop), this season would have been lost 15 games in. They have both carried the Bingo Sens on their backs and now the team is responding by scoring some goals. The Baby Sens are truly that, they are the youngest team in the league and have the best winning % in the AHL thus far. Rookie Coach Luke Richardson will get the nod behind the bench for the All-Star game because of that and the players couldnít be happier for him.
Back to Lehner, you say he seems ready for another shot in the show (NHL), and I agree, but that wonít happen quite yet. Bishop is the forgotten man in all of this. It is Bishop that will start the year in the NHL and probably split duties with Anderson 50/50 until Anderson can get in game shape. From there, results dictate who plays between Anderson and Bishop. Give Craig the edge 65 to 35 for now.
Lehnerís job is to remain professional and lead the Bingo Sens as far as he can - and he will do that with a smile on his face. Why? Lehner has matured into that pro that we talked about earlier. Iím sure he will get a few call-ups here and there, but the AHL is his full time spot this season.
Cowen, thatís a tough one. Who knows how his recovery is going, but Iím not expecting him to help our severely under-manned defence this season (if there is one).