Senators need to make big decisions in next 17 months

Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan (6) celebrates his goal with Clarke MacArthur (16) against the Montreal...

Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan (6) celebrates his goal with Clarke MacArthur (16) against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of NHL action in Ottawa, Ont. on Thursday November 7, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:21 PM ET

The Senators have some difficult in-house decisions to make during the lead-up to the Mar. 5 trade deadline and, quite likely, in the four months that follow.

But it will all be just a warm-up skate to the big game facing them from this summer to next.

In the following 17 months GM Bryan Murray and staff must figure out the course to take with 10 players eligible for unrestricted free agency.


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