Will Murray get his man?

Posted: 01/05/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Gossip Girl Lyle Richardson is passing along an Ottawa Sun Don Brennan article chronicling how Chris Philips name is again appearing on the rumor circuit. Simply put, Philips is a 32-year-old pending UFA playing for a non-playoff team that is deep in defense prospects. He’ll come cheap. A mid-level prospect or a second round entry draft pick.

Even more intriguing is that Bob Murray tried to acquire Chris Philips two years ago. Is he still on our GM’s radar?The peanut gallery claims Philips is having a bad season. Heck he plays for Ottawa. One wag recently labeled a Leafs/Sens tilt as the Battle of Onterrible. Nobody is having a good season in Ottawa BUT…Philips is minus-15 on a team with a goal differential of minus-31.

He’s a 6’3″ 216# stay@home match up D-man with 21:49 minutes ATOI. His 61 blocked shots would put him second on our Ducks in that category. No doubt Chris Philips would improve the D and help lower the GAA.

His points throughout a 13 year career, range 5-8 goals and 12-18 assists with most of it coming ES. Admittedly this season he has no goals and just 3 assists. Again keep in mind Ottawa has the NHL’s 29th best offense with 90 goals in 40 games for a weak 2.25 GFA.

Senators GM and old friend of our Ducks appeared before reporters to deny a rumor that he had called owner Eugene Melnick and suggested Coach Cory Clouston be fired. That might explain volumes about what has gone wrong in Ottawa. Now I wonder who’s blunder it was to keep Redden and let Chara walk.

It isn’t like Ducks fans aren’t familiar with ownership that “works quietly behind scenes” and won’t be accountable to the customers. I swear the one question in compound form I want answered is, Did Henry Samueli establish the “keep Scott Niedermayer at all costs” and did Burke leave because of the interference? But I digress.

Philips is still a genuine Top 4 complete D-man. He’d make a great short-term addition for a playoff shot boost.

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Comments
  1. firerandy says:

    Do you know if he is right or left handed? It would be nice to have another righty besides brookbank.

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