A couple of weeks ago the Senators made a small move, resigning Peter Regin to a contract worth a little bit less than what he had previously been making. It is a one-way contract and if he gets himself healthy this summer, he should be in the lineup come October.
Where does he fit? With Jakob Silfverberg, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad all pushing for roster spots, not to mention the full roster the Sens had in the playoffs, is there a spot for Regin to play?
Regin should be in the prime of his career. He just turned 27 years old and has been in the league a couple of seasons now. He is a puck possession player with some defensive ability and decent playmaking ability. Outside of one hot streak a couple years ago in the playoffs, he has never put up big numbers at the NHL level. So where does he go?
Assuming Daniel Alfredsson is back and that at least one of the three rookies mentioned above make the team the depth chart probably looks like this:
Michalek -- Spezza -- Rookie
Foligno -- Turris -- Alfredsson
Greening -- Smith -- Neil
These nine are all locks. You also have Jim O'Brien, who played very well down the stretch. Bobby Butler is in the mix. Kaspars Daugavins got a good look this season and has value killing penalties, as does Erik Condra. Zenon Konopka played great in the playoffs and brings a strong face-off element. Not to mention any free-agents the Sens go after.
So where do you put Peter Regin?
Links after the jump.
- Nichols does what I did early this season, challenges Nick Foligno. Nick had a solid year, but if he's going to occupy a top 6 spot, the Sens are going to need some more consistent production from him. [6thSens]
- Bad news on the Alfie front, with his Swedes being stunned by a late Milan Michalek goal, he claims he may have already played his final competitive game. Here's hoping thats just because he was upset over the loss, and is not actually the case. [SensExtra]
- A new series on the site, after the alphabet Amelia tackles numbers! Up first, #1! [SSS]
- How about them Kings?! They rack up another win last night and they keep rolling. 8 in a row, with only one loss so far in the entire playoffs, and that was back in round 1 vs the Canucks. Remember when they were up 3-0 on the Canucks, the Canucks won to put it 3-1 and people though LA would fold? Oops. [Star]
- Key to the Kings success is a strong third line centred by Jarret Stoll. It has been the mark of the last few Cup winners, you need a third line that can be effective. [NHL.com]
- After Bobby wrote about him yesterday, this story talks about Olli Maata making a case for the number one pick. I think this may be a stretch. [QMI]
- Tom Renney won't be back with the Edmonton Oilers, though I'm not sure how much more they wanted from him on a team with no NHL d-men. [PuckDaddy] Now that he's gone will we see a Sutter in Edmonton? [Sun]
- Lastly, the curious case of this week's 30 thoughts. It is the best column in hockey, and it was taken down shortly after being published this week. Here is a google Cache version of it, if you missed it. Can't seem to see what could be wrong with it. [CBC]