So in case you somehow missed it, two huge trades went down today. The Devils somehow acquired Taylor Hall in exhange for just Adam Larsson. And then the Predators possibly even more shockingly acquired P.K. Subban for just Shea Weber.
Now I get that the Sens would never have got Subban - the Habs aren't going to trade a superstar in-division. And Shea Weber would be a lot like acquiring Dion Phaneuf - he could be a top-four guy now, but that deal pays way too much money for way too long.
But if Larsson was available, the Sens should've been in on it. Sure, the Sens couldn't have given up a great piece like Hall, but would Cherry Hill, N.J-native (TM Pierre McGuire) Bobby Ryan have been a starting point? I can't imagine the Devils would've been too upset about trading within the conference. Ottawa's defence corps isn't great, and with the question marks surrounding Marc Methot after last year, acquiring a young, top-four defender would've been ideal.
As for Hall, Ottawa should've been all over that. I'm sure the Sens could've put together a better package than just Larsson. Cody Ceci seems to have value league-wide, and adding in Curtis Lazar probably would've been as attractive a trade as Larsson. I get that sometimes blockbusters are done quickly and teams don't find out they're available, but Hall has been rumoured for a few days. How did Pierre Dorion not bust down Peter Chiarelli's door with offers to get Hall to Ottawa?
Maybe I'm just overreacting as a hockey fan in shock that somehow three names who've been rumoured in trades for years got traded so close together. But I really wish that one of these times a big name gets traded, the Senators would at least pretend they were interested in acquiring them.