Leilani

This puts their current salary expenditure at about 67.5 million with a 23 man roster. I expect they will roll with 22 for most of the year, which should put them around 1 million below their season budget of 68 million. This will allow them to add a player now, and/or to add a player later on in the season.

Which begs the question - now that they have Ceci locked up and are below budget, will they pursue another bottom pairing DMan? Borowiecki/Claesson/Kostka are not an ideal 6/7/8 crew - all should ideally be one spot lower on the depth chart. At the very least, I think we need to shore up that #7 spot with a more dependable player.

I feel like they should have stressed term.

Ceci will now expire and make money while the Sens still have Methot/Dion/Karlsson under contract (unless Methot gets snagged by Vegas). Up front they will still have Ryan, Brassard, MacArthur and Hoffman signed. They will be handing out new contracts to Stone, Turris and Ceci (as well as a goalie potentially) all at the same time.

But it's also a typical "prove it" contract for a player who has potential but hasn't really shined to this point in his career. Deals like this seem to be fairly common for that purpose rather than for the purpose of trading him.

It's possible it's changed under the new regime but Ceci is an Ottawa darling, he's local, played for the 67's and now he's on the Sens if there's one guy other than Karlsson they want to excel and keep in Ottawa long term it's probably Ceci.

Maybe someone like Matt Dumba is a contract made to trade not because they don't like him but because of expansion concerns and even then I think it was more of a traditional bridge deal than ground work for a trade.

I just hope it doesn't hurt them. They need to be as best as possible for Battles of Ontario in the playoffs.

Leilani

The 3D senator is a much better logo than anything else they have on the table. The "O" seems weak as an identifying logo.

Much prefer the centurion jerseys to any =0=. Granted, no one else in the league does horizontal bars like the O jerseys, but the centurion is immediately distinctive and iconic. Heritage jersey is dope, but it should be an alternate and the updates 2d Sens logo should be the Home/Away.

Fun fact I'm pretty sure the founder of the NY Rangers was nicknamed "Tex", so the team started being referred to as "Tex's Rangers" as a joke until it officially stuck.

And come on, what does a star have to do with Dallas? Texas baby.

All the other ones are good points.

Leilani

When you consider the overall scoring trend in the league it's just that much more impressive. What a player.

Also it's not like Ottawa is some sort of offensive juggernaut either.

We're 5th in the league in goals for. He's been on the ice for 109 goals forced this year (all situations). The Senators have scored 199 goals this year. That means he's on the ice for 54.7% of their goals for while only playing 48.5% of the minutes (at 29:07 TOI/g - obviously the word "only" in that last sentence is relative).

Take away the goals EK65 had the goal or primary assist on (let's pretend those second assists aren't as important) and we'd be 29th in the league, ahead of only New Jersey, and behind even the Toronto Marlies.

Let's pretend we replaced EK65 with another decent but not outstanding offensive defenseman, and that guy replaced 70% of Karlsson's on-ice production. (a generous amount, imo)

The senators would have scored 175 goals, tied with Columbus for the 22nd least in the league, and would probably have even more goals scored against us, as Karlsson despite the haters is pretty good in his zone.

We would have a GF/GA ratio of 0.80, the worst in the league, behind Edmonton (0.81), Toronto (0.81), Arizona (0.88), Calgary (0.88), and Buffalo (0.89).

In short, the Ottawa Senators are a lottery team with any other defenseman other than Erik Karlsson in that spot. That example is with a guy who creates 70% as much offense, so like a Kris Letang, for example....if you replaced Karlsson with like an average UFA signing like James Wisniewski for example, the Sens are likely a historically bad team this year.

People like to mention doughty for Norris, but if you swapped Doughty for Letang the kings would still be one of the leagues best teams. The Sens would be running away with the best lotto odds.

Leilani

The one time that I think has been stuck in it for far too long are the Coyotes, it is true that they are doing a rebuild in the same mould of the Panthers. Duke and Domi are already proving to be actual NHL quality players.

Strome on paper is.

Mike Smith shows up on occasion. The signing of Goose brings stability to the top four. The internal cap will be shed once the team is ready to make a complete push most likely next year. Tippett has a lot of pull in the organization.

The general volatility surrounding ownership and management there, I just personally don't count on them committing to team success. I think they'll try and stay profitable by retaining some of the talented players and keeping the team interesting, and they might be willing to spend to the cap for a year or two, but there's no way they'd sustain, and that's going to shorten whatever window there might be. Mike Smith is already 34, and I've yet to see talk of a promising goaltender.

And you look at Florida, they had a good team this year and won the division, but they didn't look all that strong in the playoffs.

I see them a lot like Ottawa has been where the management seems to say "what's the least amount of money it would take to win a playoff series or at least take it to seven games?"

Leilani

Because of the tight schedule caused by the World Cup of Hockey, each team this season has a bye week where no games are played. Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) compiled a list of these on Twitter and I thought everyone might be interested to see when they were. As follows:

Pacific Division

  1. Anaheim Ducks: February 26 - March 2nd
  2. Arizona Coyotes: January 8-12
  3. Calgary Flames: February 8-12
  4. Edmonton Oilers: Feb 6-10
  5. LA Kings: February 10-14
  6. San Jose Sharks: February 20-24
  7. Vancouver Canucks: February 20-24

Central Division

  1. Chicago Blackhawks: February 13-17
  2. Colorado Avalanche: January 7-11
  3. Dallas Stars: February 19-23
  4. Minnesota Wild: February 22-26
  5. Nashville Predators: February 13-17
  6. St. Louis Blues: February 21-25
  7. Winnipeg Jets: February 22-26

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins: February 13-17
  2. Buffalo Sabres: February 20-24
  3. Detroit Red Wings: February 22-26
  4. Florida Panthers: February 4-8
  5. Montreal Canadiens: February 13-17
  6. Ottawa Senators: January 2-6
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning: February 12-16
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs: January 8-12

Metropolitan Division

  1. Carolina Hurricanes: February 12-16
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: February 20-24
  3. New Jersey Devils: February 7-11
  4. New York Islanders: January 1-5
  5. New York Rangers: January 8-12
  6. Philadelphia Flyers: January 16-20
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins: January 1-7
  8. Washington Capitals: February 12-16