After watching Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final do you think the Eastern Conference Champs need to make major changes?
What caused the Sens collapse in the Cup final? Was it coaching, goaltending, defence, or just bad luck?
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But for the 'average' hockey fan it seems clear that the size and strength of Chara would have made a world of difference in the final. The Sens got knocked around like kids playing with men. You can make all the excuses in the world, but if this team does not change then the results will be the same next year, bring in some big, strong, skilled players like Anaheim did!
r-u-kidding, 2007-06-08 16:03:58
Anyhow, I'm a Habs fan and have no problem saying that the Sens were the best Canadian team this year. If their management had been capable of holding onto Chara and Hasek from last year, it should have been the Sens holding a parade right about now. Emery is getting better every year but he's just not Stanley Cup calibre yet. If they could shore up in net then I'd really consider it.
Rick W., 2007-06-08 14:36:22
Dave, 2007-06-08 13:36:34
The Sens had a great season after starting slowly, from Christmas on they had the best record till the end of the year I believe, never losing 2 games in a row.
There arent many teams that win the Stanley Cup the first time they make it there.
Jimmy, 2007-06-08 12:35:32
No, I don't believe wholesale changes are in order to take them to the final level. But at the same time, I don't think sentimentality has any place in the game anymore either. If JFJ wants to take that route by tying up over $7 million of his cap space by inking Antropov and Sundin to new deals, well then, he'll have to live with the consequences.
But in Ottawa's case I hope there is some pragmatic approach to the coming season. After this year, Redden becomes a UFA - again - so if they can deal him for a good 2nd line offesnive forward and perhaps a draft pick, they should, thereby freeing up $6.5 million. Getting rid of Gerber would also make $3.5 available, and that $10 mil combined would enable them to re-sign Preissing and also bring in a couple of decent forwards who know where the net is located, as well as a true back-up goalie who's not costing them the price of a goal-scoring forward.
Whoever the coach is also has to be told that he will have to either play McGrattan full-time next year on the 4th line - or deal him. They can't be paying out $750,000 for a scratch. Personally, I'd keep and play him.
Schubert should start the season at D and let him find a comfort zone at one position. His natural one.
Players who could be included in a deal to bring in a decent 5th/6th D are Kelly and Eaves, as I think we'll see Foligno making the jump next year direct from Junior. Hennessy will also merit a close look at training camp.
Gone will be Comrie, Saprykin, and Nycholat.
George O'Leary, 2007-06-08 12:28:51
HOWEVER, the Sens have to get over their childlike ways. When Pronger got suspended, instead of keeping their "yaps" shut and begin concentrating on the fact that the Ducks defense was down a man, guys like "Neil" was using it to advocate for an acting career. They simply gave the Ducks more momentum when Pronger was suspended by their stupid comments and actions.
They got to grow up as men.
Then they'll probably get the cup next time.
hardychippett, 2007-06-08 12:01:07