Senators News: March 26th; Ottawa 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)

-The Sens defeated the Devils 3-2 in a shootout last night, with Ben Bishop making 32 saves in the win (and being a big factor); Chris Phillips and Colin Greening scored the goals (Alfredsson and Zibanejad in the shootout).  The Sens gave up two one-goal leads in the game and were ultimately outplayed.  Ottawa did not deserve the win (they only had 14 shots on goal!), but the mark of a good team is winning games like this.  It was not a great night for Mike Lundin (despite an assist) who played the least on the blueline by a wide margin.  Here’s the boxscore.

-The Sens have placed Kaspars Daugavins on waivers today.  I’m not sure if the club would be willing to bury him in the minors or not, but if so there’s not much salary left to pay him in the AHL.  It will be interesting to see if another team takes a chance on him (I doubt it).  I think Nichols sums up the reasoning behind it succinctly:

It’s no secret that Ottawa has battled injuries all season and other callups have proven themselves to be NHL-calibre players. At some point you knew that the numbers game would get congested in Ottawa. I mean, Spezza and Michalek are sidelined and the Senators still have 14 forwards (including the Dogman) who have demonstrated that they can play or fill a specific role. Being a fourth line/penalty killing specialist who was on an inexpensive one-way deal, Daugavins could possibly be on the outside looking in. Whether it was now or weeks or months, Daugavins, despite how well-liked he was by teammates or the fans, was eventually going to fall victim to the number’s game. Fortunately for him, he proved that he could be an effective depth guy/placeholder in the interim.

If Daugavins is not picked up on waivers it’s a clear sign that the Sens have no future plans for him once the season is done.

David Dziurzynski has been sent down to Binghamton; via the same link free agent signee Andrew Hammond signed an ATO to play with the B-Sens, which likely means Marc Cheverie will be returned to Elmira.

Scott illustrates that the Sens aren’t the same puck-possession team they were with Erik Karlsson.

-I’ve seen comments that the Sens would be better off trading Craig Anderson while his value is high and having the goaltending tandem of Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner going into next season.  I understand the sentiment here, but the problem with it  is how the organisation views their goaltending.  Anderson is an established, reliable starter who can clean up the mess if Lehner struggles in the early stages of his NHL development.  They don’t have that confidence in Bishop who remains an older prospect with starter ambitions.  It’s a much easier (and safer) move for the organisation to move the (less regarded) prospect and keep the veteran.  Anderson has a manageable contract and could always be moved a year or two down the line if Lehner‘s play warrants it.

-Here’s a look at the Sens free agent signings (Troy Rutkowski, Andrew Hammond, and Buddy Robinson).

Pierre LeBrun‘s power rankings have Ottawa 10th, writing:

The Senators just keep winning and winning and winning, despite all that top-end talent sitting in the medical ward. Running out of words to describe this accomplishment.

LeBrun also tosses out this rumour:

Another team I’m told that’s held discussions with the Stars about Derek Roy is the Ottawa Senators. Roy is an Ottawa native, so that’s a natural angle there. But on the other hand, I do not think the Senators want to pay a big price in any deal they make before April 3; they still have the long-term view in mind.

I think the latter sentiment may dynamite the notion; in an NHL where a broken down Douglas Murray warrants a pair of 2nd-round picks, the Stars are going to want something meaty for Roy.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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