Bondra scores most of his goals on the power play from the point. The Sens have an amazing PP pointman in Alfredsson on one unit, and Chara or Redden on the other. In my opinion, this doesn't improve their strenghts, or shore up their weeknesses.
In 18 games, Ottawa was shutout 4 times in last year's playoffs. They averaged only 1.86 goals per game against New Jersey. Their power play was only 14.5% effective, and 2 for 28 against New Jersey.
Right now Ottawa is no different than Colorado, although i'd rather take Lalime than Aebischer. As shown, Ottawa is deeper up front and (arguably) a better defensive corps. I'd have to agree that they couldn't have gotten anyone better than Lalime....Kolzig? Biron? Honestly, I'd take Lalime over both.
Nice preconceived notion you have there. ottawa acquiring bondra was not a necessity like say a team like Vancouver who would have greatly benefited from secondary scoring, but with players like Bonk and White down with considerable injuries it didn't hurt..
When playing gritty and tough a team will also receive penalties that's also why the Sens aquired Bondra.
For all opponets there's a eneral rule: DON'T LET THE SENATORS ON THE POWERPLAY.
The best PP is the NHL got even better with Bondra.
Bondra has also plenty off experience is the playoffs and has also won the World Cup of Hockey with his native Slovakia. Well now the Sens are a little Slovakia (Hossa, Bondra, Chara.) The three-headed Slovakian Monsterl, if you will.