30 NHL Previews in 30 Days – Ottawa Senators


Today – it is our friends from Canada’s Capital taking centre state (note the spelling)…

A tough season for the Sens last season, and are going down the similar rebuilding process as the Islanders are.  For me personally, I am going to miss Zenon Konopka who will a main part of the Senators dressing room, for sure.

Here is an excerpt of Tony Mendes’ preview in SenShot.

The 2010-2011 season was not kind to Ottawa. After reaching the pinnacle of the franchise four years ago in the Stanley Cup Finals, Ottawa has been on a downward slope ever since. After losing the the Final to Anaheim, the Sens have been through five coaches, have seen franchise players leave town, and are now considered a bottom feeder in the league.

Last year saw Ottawa make the decision to change the philosophy of the team and proceed with a rebuild to get the team back to contender status. Shipped out-of-town were fan favorites Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly along with four others for the return of draft picks. In total, eight players who suited up for the Sens last season are gone and replaced by prospects and free agents.

Everything that could go wrong last year did. Injuries were a major factor as only two Senators played the full season of 82 games. The biggest injury was to center Jason Spezza who missed 15 games that sent the team into a tailspin. Goaltending was another major issue as neither goalie could stop a beach ball. Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire were seen as the scapegoats for Ottawa’s poor season, and the two should carry a lot of the load.

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We don’t know what happened to the Ranger preview, but tomorrow should be Philadelphia.