Messages are rarely so loud and clear.
Struggling Ottawa Senators left winger Colin Greening is expected to be a healthy scratch from the lineup Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Greening, who scored 17 goals and 20 assists in 82 games as a rookie last season, has been pushed aside as both Derek Grant and David Dziurzynski are likely to make their NHL debuts after being called up from Binghamton of the AHL.
But the only person Greening is angry with is himself.
“I’m quite frustrated with the way I’m playing and I have to try and get out of this and get back in the lineup,” said Greening, who has one goal and three assists this season, but is pointless in his past eight games. “Sometimes, it’s just the coaching staff and upper management trying to send a message to you and open your eyes. So, I will take it for what it is and try to take it as a positive and work my way back into the lineup.”
Greening says he has no issue with the coaching staff, claiming they’ve communicated with him regularly, trying to help him re-discover his impressive play of a year ago. He spent much of the season as a first line winger, playing with Jason Spezza.
“This is something where the onus is on myself and I will take full responsibility. I will get out of this, just like anything else. We’ve all gone through this, at some point in our lives. We have highs and lows. You just try not to let the highs get too high or the lows too low.”
Colin Greening expected to sit out against Toronto
Ottawa Citizen | Feb 16