Having those guys in your lineup obviously gives the team the best chance to win but you should probably wait and see how the team performs without them before you make up your mind about the team. For all you know, the team may rally together, dig down deep and somehow find ways to win. It makes it harder on the guys who are still in the line up but it's certainly not impossible.
If they do struggle, then that's understandable. If you want a silver lining - the Sens are a good team when you consider their key players. If you crash and burn this season due to injuries, you may just end up with a top draft pick this year and you'll have a healthy Karlsson and Spezza back in your line up next season.
People saying "No", don't understand how essential Karlsson was to this team. Almost every scoring chance begins with him. We will be struggling for goals, and will now have to ask the aging Phillips/Gonchar to chip in to his 30min of play. The only thing keeping us from 15th in the east is Anderson.
Now with both Karlsson, Spezza and Cowen gone for the season - is this the worst NHL-team we have seen in the league in several years?
Right now we have a borderline NHL:er playing on the first line (Zibanejad), flanked with Silfverberg, who is a second liner at best, and a 40 year old Alfredsson with back problems.
On other nights we do have Turris subbing as a first liner, but he isn't a first line center on any other team in the NHL. Michalek was out last night too, but even when he plays he looks lost without Spezza.
Defence is even worse.
Gonchar gets the most ice-time now that Karlsson is gone. And ask any fan of the Senators, he is bad, he's really bad. Phillips is way past his prime, Methot is a good defenceman but without Karlsson he will not look nearly as good as he's been.'
The goalies are the only good part of this team, with Anderson and Lehner, who for some reason is stuck in the AHL.
What do you say, is this the worst NHL-team we have seen in the league in several years?
Yes, Zibanejad is a bordline NHL:er at this point. I love that he gets to play in the NHL and tune his game, but on most teams he would be in the AHL-affiliate. In Ottawa, he's the first line center...
Its gonna be a gong show. We won't be able to score goals, we'll struggle to get the puck out of our own zone and our puck possession will decrease significantly.
Trim the parts of the roster that aren't part of next year's plan (Gonchar) and play/develop the kids. Hit the restart button for next year.
Usually isn't quite that easy. Confidence is perhaps the biggest difference between the good and the bad teams in the league. The Sens had a great year last year. Do you think they do that without a strong finish to what was a terrible season the year prior? I don't.