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A Final Retro Tease, a Free Agent Signing and Melnyk Back on the Air

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The Retro Reverse teases made their way to the Atlantic Division while Eugene Melnyk will be a podcast guest. This and more on this week’s Links, News & Notes.

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A relatively quiet weekend didn’t bring too much attention to the Ottawa Senators. The wave of teases for the retro reverse jerseys finally made its way to the Atlantic division where Sens fans were able to catch a glimpse of whatever the Senators have cookin’ with Adidas.

Fortunately - or unfortunately - we already have a really good idea of what we’re about to see. The growing theory is that the number in each release relates to the jersey and/or logo the team will be using for their retro uniforms. For Ottawa, 1992 is a special year - the inaugural year. We can basically expect this, courtesy of @EverydaySens:

In other news around the Senators, the front office made another free agency splash by inking Michael Haley to a one year, two way deal. Haley brings professional experience and a lot of physicality. It’s unlikely we’ll see too much of Haley in Ottawa, as there should be a number of players ahead of him on the depth chart.

Sens fans around the world (yes, the world) will wait with bated breath to listen to the upcoming episode of the Bob McCown Podcast, featuring a certain prominent Senators figure who has gained quite the reputation for... sayin’ stuff out loud.

I can’t imagine that anything wild will come from this episode. We might hear more about the elusive 112 page plan or perhaps another odd comment on building a new arena somewhere else in Kanata, but the Sens probably don’t have enough going on for Melnyk to say anything overly outrageous. I hope.

Notably for fans of Ottawa’s third overall pick in 2020, the DEL released an update on its upcoming season plans this week.

All signs - perhaps hopes - point to Tim Stuetzle being released from Mannheim in order to join the Senators for training camp in December (?), but that is far from a guarantee. There are a few hoops for the Senators and Stuetzle to jump through in order for the highly touted prospect to make his way to North America so keeping a casual eye on the structure of the upcoming DEL season will be important until we hear the good news.

As we’ve had plenty of time to review, debate and disagree about the success of the Senators’ efforts at the draft last month, a few of the prospects have been putting together impressive campaigns to date. Most recently, the Sens’ Matt Tidcombe posted a piece on Ottawa’s 2020 fifth rounder, Philippe Daoust. Daoust is currently playing big minutes at centre for the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, contributing at a point per game clip through the team’s first 13 games.

Finally, Ottawa Assistant Coach David Payne joined the Glass & Out Podcast last week to talk about guiding a team through a rebuilding process, an incredibly long offseason, and Payne’s tips and tricks for developing young players.