Early schmerly. The 2007-08 Senators are starting to make people ignore calendars and bare fingers and talk about the 1976-77 Canadiens. No lie.
Coach John Paddock did it a couple of weeks ago — connecting his team to the edition of the Habs that compiled a 60-8-12 regular-season record then went 12-2 in the playoffs to win the Cup.
Early schmerly is right, as in early exit for Paddock, and early exit for the Senators.