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04-26-2012, 10:52 AM
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15. Ottawa Senators (’10/’11 Standings: 74 pts, 13th place)
What can we say about the Ottawa Senators? It seems like yesterday the good ol’ Sens were among the NHL’s elite, vying for a Stanley Cup year after year. But it turns out this year’s club couldn’t be any further away than the ones that featured that incredible first line of Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson and came oh so close to hoisting the cup in 2007.
15. Ottawa Senators
15 OTTAWA SENATORS
Why: After finishing second-last in NHL scoring in 2010-11, it's clear the Senators have fallen long and hard from their days as a league powerhouse. The team started down the rebuild road and traded away many veterans, but still have Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson to hang their hat on. Ottawa has some tantalizing talent on its way up, namely Erik Karlsson on the blueline, but the future isn't here yet.
BOTTOM LINE: The Senators know their plight. They've restocked draft picks and prospects. Some are here now. Others are a few years away. Ottawa is at least that far from playoff contention again. Patience will be paramount -- in the moment and in the longer view.
Murray was the wise one:
"I think we're going to be a competitive team," Murray said. "We're obviously going to play harder and better than we did last year. I know some people have picked us to be 15th in the East, and some people think we're a little better than that. I don't pretend to want to put a number on it, but I do think we're a little better overall. I think our team speed will be better. The goaltending will be better. I'd like to think we have a chance to compete for a playoff spot, and that's the intent we're starting with."
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