Mid Summer Report: Ottawa Senators

download (10)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com

As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the Ottawa Senators

Last Season’s Finish:  38-35-9, 85 pts, 5th in the Atlantic Division, missed the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • F Chris Kelly (UFA)
  • F Derrick Brassard (Trade)

Key Departures:

  • D Chris Phillips (Retired)
  • F Alex Chiasson (Calgary)
  • F Mika Zibanejad (NY Rangers)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • D Thomas Chabot

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/8)

  • D Cody Ceci

Current Cap Situation as of 8/8/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $64,139,166
  • Current salary cap space: $8,860,834

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris, Mark Stone, Zack Smith, Chris Neil, Jean Gabriel Pageau, Chris Kelly, Matt Puempel, Curtis Lazar, Ryan Dzingel, Nicholas Paul
Defensemen
Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot, Mark Borowiecki, Cody Ceci, Chris Wideman, Michael Kostka
Goalies
Craig Anderson, Andrew Hammond

 

Outlook:

Ottawa hasn’t done much so far this summer.  Their team is going to look a lot like it did last summer.  The only change at the top of the lineup was the trade with the Rangers, bringing in Derick Brassard, and shipping out Mika Zabanejad.  Brassard is an upgrade in the near term over Zabanejad, but in the long run, say, 3 or more seasons away, Mika Zabanejad will likely be the better player.  But this one move, which was basically the only one worth making a fuss over, is not going to improve the Sens enough to make them a contender in the east.  Sure, they will be right there near the playoff cut line at the end of the season, and they may end up grabbing a wildcard spot, but that will likely be as far as this team goes.