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Offseason Report: Ottawa Senators

Jul 29, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

41-31-10, 92 points. Second in Northeast Division, eighth in the Eastern Conference. Lost in the conference quarterfinals (4-3) to the New York Rangers.

Additions

Marc Methot, Guillaume Latendresse, Mike Lundin

Departures

Filip Kuba, Nick Foligno, Zenon Konopka, Matt Carkner, Bobby Butler

2012 Draft

First round, 15th overall — D Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa)

Looking back

It was a busy offseason in Ottawa, one where Sens GM Bryan Murray changed up numerous complimentary pieces. The club’s biggest move, obviously, was inking Norris winner Erik Karlsson to a seven-year, $45.5 million deal…but there was also the key re-signing of veteran grit forward Chris Neil.

It’s possible locking up those two pieces will push captain Daniel Alfredsson to stave off retirement. Karlsson’s a fellow Swede, Neil’s been Alfredsson’s teammate for 10 years and after those signings, Murray said there was optimism Alfie would come back.

In terms of Ottawa’s new faces, Guillaume Latendresse and Marc Methot should step in and play key roles. Latendresse has a chance to receive top-six minutes up front while Methot is a candidate to replace Filip Kuba as Karlsson’s defensive partner.

Looking forward

With noted tough guys like Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner gone and a slew of talented young forward prospects (Mark Stone, Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad, Stefan Noesen, Matt Puempel) on the horizon, there’s a chance Ottawa could be an even more offensively dynamic team in 2012-13.

That’s an exciting prospect considering the Sens averaged 2.96 goals per game last year, fourth most in the NHL.

Ottawa’s narrative for the rest of the summer will likely revolve around Alfredsson and whether he’ll return to the Canadian capital. If he does, it gives him a chance at a pretty compelling swan song as the Sens should again challenge for a playoff spot.

If he doesn’t, it’ll be a major loss for the Sens not just in player quality, but also leadership. Alfredsson has served as captain since 1999 and was an important veteran presence on an Ottawa team that dressed 10 rookies last season.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of Ottawa’s 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. broadstbully33 - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    donate your cans to avoid another bankruptcy claim in pitt

    • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Also, make sure the cans are empty or filled with vegetables like the brains of all pens fans !

  2. polegojim - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Will they build on last year? NO they won’t.

    Sure, 4th in league @ 2.96 GPG… but… as Paul Harvey would say… here’s… The Rest of the Story…..

    Goals Against per game = 2.88… 24th in the league.

    Their issues wasn’t offense… it was defense and toughness… as MIke points out, now they’re even weaker.

    Every game will be a shotfest… when you have to constantly score 4 goals per game to win, it’s not going to end well.

  3. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    follow the girth army @SoupCanArmy and lets roll on with the revolution!! PHILTHADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE GIVES YOU GENITAL WARTS

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Genital warts or not, it’s soooo delicious.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      follow @Zaksyuk13 to assist in shutting down MR. 8 followers

  4. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    nobody wants to follow a guy that has a washed up wanna be pringles can geno as their profile picture. DETROIT IS THE JOBLESS NUT CANCER CITY OF AMERICA. NUKE EM eminem sucks

    • zaksyuk - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      @ZaKSyuK13 jokes on you douche with a picture of an old washed up diksyuk as your profile picture. Haha wanna be soup can army member…………… Was that you tweeting me to join you? so weird !

  5. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    join the rev @SoupCanArmy. you will be baptised to wash all of your sins away from rooting for garbage teams your whole life. MOUNT UP BOYS

  6. pithockey - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Lol! Mr.8 names I love it. He makes Pittsburgh and the pens look stupid….. What a disgrace…..

  7. malkinrulez - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    The flyers fans pounding an army vet make Philly look great

  8. charleslouis99 - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    they definitely lost a lot of toughness this offseason

  9. polegojim - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Mike – most of your article… and much of PHT is now commented on by a couple juvenile punks.

    Seriously nothing you guys can do about that?

    Becomng a waste of time to filter through threads of their mindless, clueless crap.

    • DED - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      I’ll second that. Might have to go back to Bleacher Report.

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