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Have the Sens spent themselves into a hole?
Sat, November 3, 2007

New contracts for Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Dany Heatley almost guarantee Wade Redden's future in Ottawa won't extend past July 1.

Have the Sens spent themselves into a hole?

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Million-dollar smiles

Spezza's contract could signal Redden's end



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No I dont think so, now they have Spezza, Heatley, Fisher, Phillips, Schubert and the 2 goalies signed to multi year deals they are in very good shape to be a serious cup contender for years to come.

George made some good points. They will trade a goalie so that will free up several millions and if Redden isnt resigned there wil be his $ 6.5 mill a year to spend as well, that will give them around 10 mill this summer to spend on free agents.
Jimmy, 2007-11-05 01:24:23

Maple Leafs Forever: I'll take winning the President's Trophy over missing the playoffs every year! You Leafs' fans are hilarious.
Dave, 2007-11-04 23:27:58

Spezza is way overpaid. He will get over 100 pts this year but will get 3 or 4 pts when Sens win 7-2 and 3 of the pts are useless. He is a one dimensional player and playing with great players he looks better. I thought they overpaid him last year and he proved it in the playoffs. He scores on weak defenses and can be shut down by good defenses.

Wade Redden was mediocre last year so Sens were taken big time with that 6.5 M contract. He is only 3rd best defenceman on the Sens alone. Played 20 super games last year, 20 medicore or more and the rest were average. That only makes him average but his reputation wins him bonus pts. His weak play in the playoffs on two clutch goals allowed Jersey and Buffalo to knock Sens out of the playoffs back to back years. I like the person but overpaid he is big time. He is no superstar and is paid like one.
Terminator49, 2007-11-04 23:26:21

What would a LEAF fan know about a good deal.Always ready to judge the SENS.When was the last time you losers made it to the finals let alone the playoffs.Leafs should have dumped that loser Sundin years ago whe they might still have got something for him.But then again loser Leafs have a history of trading all their draft picks.Keep up the good work JFJ you are the best.
Geoff, 2007-11-04 22:32:55

At least the team and it's owner has made a commitment to the region and have the core of its players signed long term. As for the Leafs' fan who had to put in his two cents, how about this; Mccabe's 2007-2008 season salary is 7.15 million, which to me, Ottawa has got a bargain with Spezza, Heatley, Fisher, Alfredsson, Volchenkov and Phillips signed for less than that. But that's just a Senator's point of view


G Houle, 2007-11-04 21:25:54

ummm... who really cares. It's a bunch of guys shooting a puck around the ice and getting paid way to much and contributing nothing to society really. Not like hard working average everyday Canadians. Office workers, plant workers, etc etc. These guys couldn't do anything else? Not good at math? Hey I can shoot a puck and get paid millions! Suckers! lol. Stop supporting this kind of madness by watching and buying tickets. Support your average fellow Canadian instead people.
Kevin, 2007-11-04 20:01:30

Ben, I think they effectively said goodbye to Redden back at the draft when Murray thought he had a trade worked out with Edmonton. When Redden exercised his right to veto the deal he effectively sealed his fate in Ottawa. All the positive words to the contrary, the clock is ticking on him and when the season ends the Sens wind up with another $6.5 million to spend on someone else. Add to that the $3.5 for either Emery or Gerber (they won't be keeping both), there's approximately $10 million. Besides Redden, Kelly is the only other UFA next spring.

The youngest among the D (Meszaros, Volchenkov, and Schubert) will be that much better next season, by which time Lee will be ready to take a spot. Foligno will have a season of pro under his belt, as will Zubov and Nikulin, so Kelly can be replaced from within. Vermette isn't going anywhere soon, unless he's part of a package deal later this season (maybe with a goalie?) to bring in that Top 6 forward Murray is still seeking. But one thing is clear, Murray, unlike JFJ, knows what he's doing, AND has the blessing of an owner who wants a winner.
George O'Leary, 2007-11-04 16:38:15

Actually, $7 million for Spezza is OK if you are satisfied with winning the President's Trophy.
Maple Leafs Forever, 2007-11-04 16:23:21

If you're gonna spend 7M dollars on a player, it better be someone like a top tier player like Roberto Luongo, Joe Thornton, or Jason Spezza.

You know, guys that have over a Point Per Game in the playoffs or a stud goalie. You don't pay for regular season success. You pay to compete in the post season.


Vancouver-UN's favorite city, 2007-11-04 16:12:24

It's the cost of doing business in the 21st century NHL. The Sens have shown clearly that they are better spenders than the other team in Ontario so I don't see why this trend shouldn't continue. Most members of Leaf Nation would gladly trade their whole organization, lock stock and barrel to have the Sens depth in players, management and support personnel.
Richard, 2007-11-04 12:39:11

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