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Kipper back on familiar ground. Written by Senators - November 30th, -0001
Ottawa, Ontario

Miikka Kiprusoff who had the chance to win the Conn Smythe and the CMHL cup is back in familiar grounds. With the resent struggles of the New Jersey Devils, GM Leech felt it was time to make some changes to his club. Larouche was in the same boat.

The Ottawa club who only surrenders 23 shots against could no longer tolerate Razor's inconsistent starts. "It really bothers me to lose Emery. He did a lot for us last season in the playoffs when Turco struggled. However Razor was never the same after getting hurt in the series. I wish him the best and hope he turns things around." a sadden Larouche stated.

Both goalies have struggled for different reasons. The Senators opened the season with 4 wins but are not 5-5 in their last ten games. Emery who has 2 shutouts just cannot seems to put 2 good starts together. Tippett was losing patience and today was the final straw after Ray allowed 5 goals on 20 shots. "In my opinion he as to make the stops. Our defensemen are clearing the rebounds but how can you do that when your keeper cannot stop that first shot? I spoke with him before the game and he just seemed distant" An angry Tippett stated.

Kipper who saw the Devils start the year 3-8 could not shake off all the injuries to their defense that saw them allow about 27 shots a game. "We just could not get anything going. If it was not our defense who struggled, it was our offence and if that was not it then I just could not find my comfort zone and make the key saves." a tired looking Kipper stated. "However I am pretty happy about going back to Ottawa. Mr. Larouche treated me with great respect when he first took over the club and now they have some great talent leading the club with Vinny and Ricky."

Bryan Murray is away on leave with personal issues and Larouche could not pass up the chance to acquire a veteran netminder. "In Kipper, we get a veteran presence in goal and he as proven himself to be a professional who shows up every game and gives 100% on every start he makes. We are hoping that he is available for the game in Columbus but if not we will have him in goal against the Canadiens." Larouche stated.

Some rumors are making the rounds that some gm's have inquired about Arnott, Beauchemin and Wellwood. Larouche did not deny these rumors and stated that if the right offer came along he could make something happen. Some people are some what surprised since Wellwood was great while, Nash, Lecavalier and Arnott were all out with injuries. He even leads the rookie scoring but seems that the club would prefer to go with a more proven forward to balance out the attack. As for Arnott, unless he gets a great offer he will not make a move. Arnott was at his best last year when he posted 86 pts. He currently as 7 pts in 6 games and leads the club with two powerplay goals and adds a physical presence on the second line.

Nothing surprises me anymore but I still think that by adding Kipper the Senators have made a statement that they will not sit by the sideline and get disappointed when playoff time comes around. For the Ottawa Sun, I'm Phil McCracken.

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