-The Sens have re-signed UFA goaltender Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract. Lawson will be Binghamton’s starting goaltender next season, allowing free agent signee Andrew Hammond to ease into his pro career as a backup. It likely means an end to Marc Cheverie‘s time with the organisation, while leaving prospects Chris Driedger and Francois Brassard to stay in junior for another year.
–Michael Sdao spoke about the year that was and the first day of camp:
It was good. It was good to get in there and get some experience and finish up school at the same time. Now I’m a hockey player, I’m not a student anymore so it’s been good. It’s [the AHL] been great — every time you play against better players you become better too. It was definitely a good experience in Binghamton and it’ll be good heading into camp this year. I’m a physical defenceman, I move the puck and just try to keep it simple. I play a hard game, try to keep guys honest and just be a hard player to play against. It [today’s testing] went well. All of my numbers improved from last year so it’s definitely moving in the right direction. I think [the numbers improved because of] working with Chris Schwarz and just working hard, being in the gym and getting the work done.
As a seventh round pick very little has been written about Sdao, but he was considered the best fighter in the 2009 draft and was a reasonably productive player in the NCAA.
-Grit-loving Jeremy Milks likes the Sens first-round pick.
–Travis Yost has been writing about the financial woes of Eugene Melnyk. I’ve been dismissive of these claims in terms of them affecting the Sens ability to re-sign Daniel Alfredsson (the captain isn’t going anywhere) and because they echo the sentiments of a guy like Doug MacLean. At the time (November) when MacLean was floating the rumours, The 6th Sens‘ Scott (same link) believed the problems were due to his divorce. Travis, however, makes a stronger case that Melnyk’s problems are via his non-hockey related business. It’s important to emphasize that–the team is doing fine. What will this mean for hockey operations? Other than a lack of big free agent signings (which make no sense for the team anyway), I’d say nothing in the short term. The NHL has extensive experience handling financially troubled franchises and Ottawa is a strong market. What’s interesting to me about all of this is virtually nothing has been said by local reporters or in the larger sphere of hockey reporting (perhaps because of things like this).
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)