Optimists could say Senators started poorly in 2006, too

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson looks up at the game board after losing to the...

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson looks up at the game board after losing to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime of Game 5 in round two of NHL playoff action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, May 5, 2006. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Don Brennan, QMI Agency

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Those needing a glimmer of hope can always flash back to the 2006-07 season.

The Ottawa Senators were coming off a promising year that had experts predicting big things. But with inconsistent performances, they got off to a disappointing start.

As the calendar turned to December, they were out of the playoff picture. GM John Muckler told coach Bryan Murray he had better start winning. The implication was his job was at stake.



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