It has been a quiet offseason for the Sens in terms of actual hockey transactions. Yet, the NHL and hockey world have been buzzing with updates and excitement. What does this week bring us? Let's delve into the latest links, news and notes:
- Hockey Canada has struggled to build itself up after it was revealed that it has been harbouring years of abuse and corruption unattended and unaccounted for. While the the loss of sponsors and the change of the board were enough to spur some change, the main conclusion we've been waiting for has yet to arrive. Where are the 2018 investigation findings? Instead, Hockey Canada has appointed Katherine Henderson as its new President and CEO. Henderson comes from Curling Canada where she has done many great things while also lacking in some areas.
- Upon the news of Katherine Henderson's appointment, Bauer Hockey released a statement welcoming Henderson while also announcing they are reinstating their partnership. While I think Henderson is a good hire, it shouldn't simply absolve Hockey Canada from its responsibility about being transparent and holding those involved in the 2018 incident accountable. Having sponsors come back without accountability in that regard is not a positive development.
- In better news, Marie-Philip Poulin and all the incredibly talented female hockey players who have fought for the past few years, will get to see the fruit of their efforts. The PWHPA voted Sunday to ratify a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement with the new league's owners long with a January's puck drop date set in sight. Though the totalilty of the story of the acquistion of the PHF may leave a sour taste for some, there is something to look forward to.
- Filip Zadina went from potentially being a top-3 pick to dropping to 6th overall on draft night in 2018 and then going unclaimed as his team placed him on waivers. Zadina has had a rough start to his career, coupled with some injuries and it seems many have already given up on him. At some point, he'll have an opportunity to prove himself again but it won't be with the Detroit Red Wings as they are expected to terminate his contract in the near future to give Zadina a chance to sign elsewhere as he had wished to leave prior to the draft.
- Vladimir Tarasenko is the hottest name in free agency after all the dust settled from the initial wave. The Sens seem to be highly interested in the winger and Tarasenko supposedly has Ottawa on his list along with the Carolina Hurricanes. It seemed negotiations didn't go his away as he chose to change agents right as he was rumoured to have closed a deal with the Hurricanes. Tarasenko remains an option to replace DeBrincat in the case of a trade but perhaps Dorion should think twice at the rumoured asking price of $6M+ per year over a multi-year deal.
- Jeremy Swayman and Ilya Samsonov are amongst the 22 players who have decided to go to player-elected salary arbitration. Hearings will be held between July 20th and August 4th.
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