There has been no shortage of coverage on the infamous internal budget of the Ottawa Senators, it also seemed like despite the restriction we would be able to ice a team capable of being a solid playoff team. I still believe that at the core the Senators have what it takes, but perhaps the team needs a change in mentality at this point in time to get things going.
If Melnyk continues to hold onto the strings on his coin purse then he may perhaps lose his chance to shore up a team that needs a fresh injection and risk losing potential revenues. The short sighted nature would be that you are losing X amount of real dollars, but if you can steady the ship and steer it back in the right direction then the net gain of moving the Senator's closer to the black then the red will more then compensate.
Just think about this logically. Acquiring a legitimate second pairing defenseman or a second line winger will provide a fresh look at the lineup removing the stagnant feel. It will provide a new dynamic to the team, and possibly jettison some loose baggage that has being weighing the team down. It will give everyone a not-so-subtle reminder that they need to get their act together as management is dedicated to improving the team.
What we don't need is a traditional "acquiring a cheap fringe player" type deal as such a player would hardly affect the lineup with the little ice time they may get, assuming they don't get pushed out of the lineup. We need that solid support player that can bring about change in the lineup and take up a solid chunk of ice time, playing it consistently. We all know the Corvo acquisition in the off season should have really been the second pairing guy we needed instead.
We also should not wait until the trade deadline to save a few dollars on salary, if we continue to wait it may be to late. Each game is too important to wait.
Right now the Senators as they stand could end up as a floundering team in the regular season that misses the playoffs. The team will continue to suffer revenue losses through ticket sales, concessions, and merchandise if this happens without even taking into account potential playoff revenue. The repercussions also have a ripple effect into the future damaging the revenue streams in the next few years while the team recovers it's fan loyalty. We don't want to lose all the momentum that has been created in the least two seasons.
That extra player could mean a stronger team and the playoffs, it could be the difference between a sustainable business or a bad asset. In the end there is no guarantee that some extra spending will equate to a better outcome, but it seems like the right time to roll the dice and take a shot.