Chris Tierney is sharing with Thomas Chabot first in the ranking of the best markers of the Senators. Nice surprise. He has registered six points in his first four matches in the uniform of the Senators.
He scored his first goal of the season in Toronto, which is a nice bonus for this young man who grew up in the small town of Keswick, less than an hour drive from the Air Canada Centre.
“I have attended a few episodes of the Battle of Ontario in my youth. Believe it or not, I stored usually behind the Senators “, he says.
“I’ve never really been a fan of the Leafs. In my youth, I was a fan of the Thrashers of Atlanta. “
“Really, I was a fan of the Thrashers. It was my favorite team. I possessed even one of their jerseys powder blue who had such a proud look… “
It was not always easy to support this club dying that has existed for 11 seasons. The Thrashers have found a way to miss the playoffs 10 times, even if they were in the worst division in the entire NHL.
The young Tierney was still good reasons to choose Atlanta. He had a cult of admiration of their biggest star.
“It was Kovalchuk. I was a big fan of Ilya Kovalchuk, ” he said.
In its best years, the left-winger Russian has had five seasons of over 40 goals in Atlanta.
“He was really dynamic. He would have been able to get a scoring chance every time he takes the puck. He was able to control a game with his size, with his speed, with his skills. I really enjoyed watching his matches. “
Tierney did not become a fan of the Winnipeg Jets when the Thrashers moved to Manitoba.
It has always maintained some admiration for the favorite player of his childhood. The perspective of the face this weekend makes him happy. After having faced Canada in Montreal, Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings will be heading to Ottawa.
“The summer is past, when I belonged to the organization of Sharks, it was a question that Kovalchuk get along with our team. I was not poorly packaged. It has not happened. I am in Ottawa now. I will be glad to face it. “
A face to know
At the Centre Canadian Tire, Chris Tierney has quickly made friends. Guy Boucher was quickly adopted. In the press conference, not later than Tuesday, he boasted of his intelligence.
“He understands everything, immediately. It puts all of the guidelines in the application very quickly. “
Tierney was quick to make friends in the locker room.
The next step for him will be to get more visibility in the community. It doesn’t necessarily recognize it when it comes out in the street.
“I have not yet had the chance to visit Ottawa. The training camp was challenging. When I wasn’t at the arena, I was resting at home. Things are going to change. I’ll have the chance to explore the city, very soon. “
Brady Tkachuk has enjoyed a baptism of fire in front of his supporters on Wednesday. He has tallied three points in his first career game at the Centre Canadian Tire. Two days earlier, on the ice rink of the Boston Bruins, it was a little less well published. Guy Boucher understands. “There are extenuating circumstances, argues the coach. There was the stress. Boston is the city where he played his hockey into the university ranks. He had to count on 70 supporters in the stands. It was the inaugural game at home of the Bruins. Everyone was cranked up. It was not obvious. “Butcher believes that the “real” Tkachuk showed up in the game against the Flyers. “It is the young player that we see since the beginning of training camp. All of this is extremely positive. “
Gustavsson already promoted
The stay of Filip Gustavsson in the League, East Coast (ECHL), was short-lived. The guardian of the future of the Senators did not even have the time to play a single game in front of the net on the Beast in Brampton. It has already been pointed out in the american League. He accompanied the Senators of Belleville in their trip to Manitoba this weekend. “Marcus Högberg treats a little something,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, earlier this week. The Senators have suffered another major loss in the beginning of the season. The attacker of experience, Jim O’brien suffered a laceration of a tendon. It will have to be absent for a period of four to six months. At 29 years old, this former first-round scored 29 points in 60 parts, last winter, in Belleville.
The probabilities, on the Internet
A new website will be interested in the positions occupied by the Senators in the standings of the NHL. SensPickTracker.com has seen the light of day to remind us that the Ottawa team will have to give his choice of the first round to the Colorado Avalanche, in June next. According to the ranking updated after matches on Wednesday, the Senators would currently 85.5% chance of yielding the 13th selection of the first round to their rivals in the Western conference. This ranking will be updated regularly during the season… Guy Boucher has given leave to his players on Thursday. The Senators will resume on the collar, on Friday morning, on the eve of their match against the Kings… The next Tom Pyatt will be the 100th of his career.