Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman posted his latest 30 Thoughts column yesterday and to the delight of the Senators’ faithful, it contained some blurbs that pertained to the Ottawa Senators.
Without further ado…
11. Interesting comments from Bryan Murray as he signed his contract extension with Ottawa. Murray indicated the Senators are all-in like Chris Moneymaker at the World Poker Championships, and it makes sense with Bobby Ryan and Jason Spezza unrestricted in the summer of 2015. But, in the moves he's tried to make this year, it's been pretty clear they didn't want to add salary. Back in the playoff race, we'll see how this changes.
The Senators could always extend this window of contention, but I think the concern with Ottawa’s rebuilding plan from the outset, was that there was never going to be much of an overlap between this team’s veterans and this team’s young and developing core.
Whether it’s diminishing returns, injuries plaguing many key vets or guys hitting free agency, the possibility of guys like Ryan, Spezza, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot or even a Craig Anderson, walking at the conclusion of their deals has to be concerning.
I don’t want to pessimistically dismiss the possibility that Ottawa can correctly identify and actually re-sign the right players, but if Bryan Murray believes their contract status might impact this team’s ability to contend in the near future, that has to be a bit disconcerting on some level. Granted, this could simply be the reaction of a GM who looks at a shitty Eastern Conference and believes it’s there for the taking.no comments