Question: What are you hoping the Ottawa Senators do in free agency?
Peter: I'd love it if the Sens cleared out some of the lesser performing players on the blue line and acquired another defenceman, but I have no expectation at all of that happening. If it did, my preferences would be (in order): Christian Ehrhoff, Cody Franson, Mike Green, Johnny Oduya, Andrej Sekera, Adam Larsson (RFA).
Since that's not gonna happen, I'd be happy if they were able to re-sign Erik Condra.
Richard: I think we need to do something about our defence. I don’t understand how moving Gryba allows us to play Cowen more, as we now have a glut of left handed D and Karlsson, Ceci and Wideman on the right. I’d like to see Wideman get a shot this year, but I’m not sure he’s going to be what this team needs. If the plan is to cycle through Wideman Wiericioch, Cowen, Phillips and Borowiecki next season, with various players getting stints on the right side, I think we’re in for a disaster. Boro seems like the mostly likely candidate for a switch to the right side and his numbers with every LD except Wiercioch are sub 44% CF.
If Ottawa really wants to sign a forward that isn’t Erik Condra for some reason, I’d have interest in Frolik, Bergenheim and… that’s pretty much it. Please resign Condra!
Ary: I like both Richard and Peter's answers! I'd love it if they could shed Cowen and re-sign Condra, though I don't think either is realistically happening. I don't think we sign a FA D either because of a) money and b) Wikstrand.
Ross: I'm hoping the Sens don't do anything stupid. I think there's a lot of opportunity to overpay for forwards, and I hope Murray's love of top-six forwards doesn't make him do something dumb. I was hoping to sign a defenceman earlier, but I don't see how that helps unless at least one more defenceman gets traded. Even if Chris Phillips retires, that's five defencemen on one-way contracts, plus Cody Ceci and Chris Wideman.
If the Sens re-sign Condra and nothing else, I'll be very happy. I'm setting my expectations low.
With the internal budget, no matter how large it seems to be growing, the Senators don't have much to do on July 1. Maybe get a good parking spot near Parliament for the fireworks, but other than that, they should be somewhat content with their work up until now.
Michaela: I'm with the majority in thinking that before the Sens do anything this week, they need to clean up the blue line. In a perfect world, Phillips and Cowen would be moved somehow, making room for a defensive prospect (cough... Wideman... cough) or a free agent. Zbynek Michalek is an interesting option. At $4 million (last year) it wouldn't be an outrageous cost, but it's certainly the most I would like to see the Sens pay for a free agent this year. I realize they are not going to get rid of Cowen. This is just in a perfect world.
All that being said, if the Sens don't pick up anyone and just sign Condra (and eventually Hoffman) I'll be happy. In the words of Ross: "I'm hoping the Sens don't do anything stupid."
Ian: I'm really hoping we stay with what we have right now in terms of free agents. After (hopefully) locking in both Hoffman and Condra, and the inevitable (grr) Chiasson signing, we have a ton of bodies up at the NHL level. With that said, I'm completely open to acquiring some players via trade or shipping out some pieces for picks/prospects to make room for a UFA signing. At this point though, I don't think the Sens will have much of a free agent splash.
- The NHL draft happened over the weekend. Here's your list of everyone the Sens took, with links to their descriptions. [Silver Seven]
- SensChirp has their draft weekend wrap-up [SensChirp]
- Jack Leiper looks at the Jason Spezza trade, now that the second-round pick as part of the deal has been made [SenShot]
- Big trade news before the draft: Robin Lehner and David Legwand went to the Sabres for the 21st-overall pick [Silver Seven, SensChirp, 6th Sens]
- We asked Andy from Die by the Blade five questions about the trade [Silver Seven]
- Also over draft weekend, the Sens traded Eric Gryba to the Oilers for a fourth-round pick and a bottom-feeding prospect [Silver Seven, SensChirp, 6th Sens]
- Johnny Eaton does a post-mortem of the trades the Sens made at the draft [SenShot]
- Callum asks if the Sens have been too patient with Jared Cowen's development [Silver Seven]
- In news, Chris Wideman has signed a one-year, two-way contract. Maybe he'll finally get a chance to play in the NHL. [Silver Seven, SensChirp, 6th Sens]
- Trevor Shackles argues that Wideman's signing makes the Sens' blueline more complicated [Silver Seven]
- Nichols gives his thoughts on post-draft interviews with Randy Lee and Pierre Dorion [6th Sens - Dorion, 6th Sens - Lee]
- Hockey's Future has some notes from the draft. Some interesting points: more players taken from the WHL than the OHL, lots of American picks, and lots of Russian picks [Hockey's Future]
- This year's Hockey Hall of Fame class consists of Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Chris Pronger (the first-ever Coyote!), and Angela Ruggiero. Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay were also inducted as builders. [NHL]