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Are you happy Ottawa stood pat at the deadline?
Amelia: I'm not really happy the Sens stood pat, but I'm glad they didn't do anything ill-advised. We're in a bad spot with our veterans: Neil got injured and consequently took care of the market on him long before the deadline. It's hard to paint Phillips as a desirable asset when he's been a healthy scratch/injured since the start of December. I suspect Legwand could have been moved for a mid-to-late round pick if he didn't have that extra year on his deal, if the cap was increasing like usual, or if Ottawa was willing to eat part of his salary.
Richard: Am I happy? I’m... satisfied given the circumstances. In terms of value and making this team better I would really have liked to see guys like Neil, Phillips, Legwand, Michalek or Cowen moved out. Obviously, In the cases of Neil of Phillips that wasn’t exactly realistic given their respective combinations of salary, performance, and potential. As much as I complain about usage, seeing those two guys finish their careers in Ottawa would be great, as long as they’ve decided that’s what they want. They’ve seen their playing time significantly reduced and while it’s largely due to injury issues, we’ve had the opportunity to play younger, better players a lot more lately instead.
As depth players I think we’ve seen real improvements from Michalek and Legwand in the latter half of the season. I would rather see younger, cheaper players given more opportunities in those spots, but given their play recently I can live with them sticking around for now.
If anything frustrated me about this deadline, it’s the idea that Murray was getting calls on Cowen and doesn’t appear to have been particularly receptive to them. It sounds like he was open to trading the other two, but their injuries meant that option was off the table. His comments after the deadline strongly suggest to me that Murray places more value on Cowen’s play and his potential in particular than he probably deserves.
- Moving under-rated, high value/low cost guys like Wiercioch and Condra for less than they’re worth
- Acquiring a declining or overrated player with term like Clarkson
- Moving assets for a rental player, potentially one as bad as Stewart.