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Originally Posted by yave1964 View Post
Imagine that the Red Wings lost Jimmy Howard, Nick Kronwall and Zetterberg for significant stretches of the season.
Or if the Kings lost Kopitar, Doughty and quick.

That is the situation facing the Senators this season, with the loss of Anderson, Karlsson and Spezza for chunks of the season, yet the made the playoffs, ambushed the Canadiens in the first round, and while they ran out of gas and magic against the Penguins the experience should be invaluable for this young club going forward. Spezza didn't return until the last few games where he joined his mates on top of last stand hill surrounded by Penguins. Karlsson played on one leg.
I am a huge, lifelong Wings fan, I love good hockey, your club provided some fun moments this season. The Paulrus making Therrien cry was one of the highlights of the year.
The Gonchar situation will have to be addresses, this is the weakest free agent crop for blue liners in a long time, he is the best of the bunch, and as Karlsson insurance personally I think you guys have to resign him if you can get him on a two year deal.
New division next year, I may not like you guys as much going forward, you were the team I watched in the East this year (Next year I gotta pick a club to watch in the West. That will feel weird) and in a division with the Bruins, Wings, Leafs and Canadiens, I still am going on a limb and saying the Senators will finish no worse than second if not higher next season.
Congrats on a great year.
Thanks for the kind words. I've always liked the Wings, as well as the Hawks, so I'm very torn in your series, I'd like to see either team win the Cup if we can't. Or at least, any team, ANY team but Crysby's Penguins, and to a lesser extent the Rangers.

I'm both looking forward to seeing your team more starting next year, and dreading it, as with your incredible scouting staff, you will remain a perennial Cup contender.

I'm on board with resigning Gonchar, hopefully just one year, but would give him two after his play this year if we had to, on a decent cap hit.

Should be interesting seeing the Paulrus coach against his former team, especially since we are patterning our systems after yours, at least somewhat, with a goal of playing a puck possession game, while playing solid defence. I'm dreading the thought of playing against Kronwall. I'm sure we will have more injuries going forward than we would have otherwise with that beast in our division.

Cheers, and good luck the rest of the playoffs! Hopefully Wings and Sens fans, despite being soon to be divisional foes, can maintain good relations.

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