Why is Bobby Ryan playing, exactly?

The Ottawa Senators are off to a fantastic start this season, riding exceptional goaltending and timely scoring to a 16-9-2 record, good enough for second place in the Atlantic Division. Even more impressive, they’ve done it despite the deep, deep struggles of former top sniper Bobby Ryan.

Does Karlsson have competition as NHL’s best defenceman?

Ottawa Senators fans have long known that Erik Karlsson is the best defenceman in the National Hockey League, despite hockey writers’ propensity for handing out Norris Trophies in lieu of Lifetime Achievement Awards to guys like Drew Doughty last season and Shea Weber this season (probably).