Right after Murray leaves. Going off the poor guys history.
Sad but true. He's a great builder but like most GMs (and who can blame them really) he becomes attached to his guys. I can see his patience going to extreme levels, coupled with a reluctance to shake up the team. Eventually the fanbase gets impatient and if that's coupled with a poor season (out of the playoffs, bottoming out maybe) then the replacement rocks the boat and we go for a run.
Originally Posted by WantEggRoll
Pretty sure the majority of teams that won the Cup over the past ten years have all spent right up to or extremely close to the cap. If Ottawa continues to work on an internal budget this team won't be able to stockpile the star talent+young depth to win a championship. The only way I could see Ottawa winning the Cup with a budget is if they focused on defense+goaltending and won in the most boring fashion possible.
Also a pretty good point.
At some point all these great kids we have are going to need raises. If Zib, Silf, Cowen all get in the 3-5 range and we trade or sign for vet help we'll likely overpay for, we're going to have to flirt with the cap eventually. As it is we're probably going to make the playoffs consistently, flirt with the finals and that's about it.
Im personally in wait and see mode as i believe this team as it stands is not a contender so spending money simply to spend doesn't make sense and im ok with that...as long as when the time occurs and the team is ready the wallet is opened up a bit!
- I see Ottawa winning the cup when Lehner is our bonafide starter.
- Melnyk will have to spend more as our young players start to come into their own & deserve more money, this will take a few yrs. BM will have to add at least one top 3 scoring forward who will be expensive.
- when we stop adding small players to the lineup & continue to get bigger, stronger, tougher & more skilled
- when our young defence becomes more experienced, more confident & more mobile.
- when at least two or three of our forwards get back to the top of the NHL in scoring.
I initially said I thought the Sens would win a cup in 5 to 7 yrs when the re-build started & took all kinds of flack for it since teams can make quick turn arounds with all the options to pick up players now. If that were the case why aren't more teams turning it around? It's yr 3 in the rebuild & I still think it will take 5 to 7 yrs building through the draft & adding the needed peices here & there through trades & free agency.
I think Ottawa is going to be more like Boston was up until recently; always in the play-offs, will win a series or two occasionally, but never a major threat to win the cup. Hopefully, like Boston, everything will align at some point and they could make a run for it, but I doubt it is soon enough that we'd see Spezza hoist a cup (at least not in a Sens uniform), and it might take a decade or two.
Heck, maybe first we can just get any Canadian team to win the cup?
Not anytime soon, If they work on there back end maybe. they need to start drafting well on the back end now, and also get a little more talent as forwards since Speeza is not getting healthier and younger. And there captain is almost done, and some others. I will go with 2017-2018.
Different play-off format next year. First two rounds are in-division, so likely have to beat two of Bruins, Wings or Leafs; then Pens/Rangers in the conference finals. The NE (or whatever it's new name is) is going to be a tough division to get out of.