The Ottawa Senators is one of those NHL teams that will peak for a few years and then crash to the bottom of the standings. The strange thing is that the team manages to do this with almost the same exact roster every season. The one big difference is the goaltending. The Senators excel when they have good goaltending and sink to the bottom of the Eastern Conference when the goaltending is suspect. This most recent offseason saw the Senators trying to recover from some changes that have finally altered the core of the roster significantly. In some cases, change can be good. In this case, change may not be what the doctor ordered.
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Notable Change #1: The loss of Daniel Alfredsson.
As with players like Teemu Selane and Jaromir Jagr, Daniel Alfredsson seems to be an ageless wonder. The forward will turn 41 years old this season and he will do so in a Detroit Red Wings jersey. After 17 years in Ottawa, with many of those years seeing Alfredsson take on the role of captain, the winger has made the jump to Detroit. In most cases, players Alfredsson’s age make the move to try and win a Stanley Cup before their careers are over. If the captain of the team does not think that the current roster can win a Stanley Cup, then what are the team’s realistic chances of bring home a title?
Notable Change #2: Picking up Bobby Ryan in a trade.
The Ottawa Senators gave up Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round draft pick in 2014 to get 30-year-old forward Bobby Ryan, but the move still looks to favor the Senators. Ryan is a presence up front that can score goals and change the complexion of a game. Ryan excelled as a member of the Anaheim Ducks and he will bring his talent to the Senators and pair up with Jason Spezza in what should be a dynamic tandem for the Ottawa Senators.
Notable Change #3: Signing Clarke MacArthur.
Clarke MacArthur has been around the NHL for a while and is known for his powerful shot and his speed. The Senators needed to help fill in the gap left behind by the departure of Daniel Alfredsson, and bringing in MacArthur along with Bobby Ryan will definitely help to get the team back on track. The Senators signed MacArthur to a two-year deal worth around $6.5 million in total, so they obviously expect big things from the forward. MacArthur will also fit in with the Senators’ reputation for playing the game with a bit of an edge. He was never shy about getting into the corners or giving out an open-ice hit when he played in Toronto, Atlanta or Buffalo.
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