Daze a possiblity for Senators?

Chicago is rumored to not offer Eric Daze a qualifying offer. This would make him a UFA on midnight Wednesday.A source within the Senators organization has been quoted:

“If Daze is available, we will try to land him.”

Ottawa is very weak on the left side, and with Bonk and Lalime gone, along with Bondra not receiving a qualifying offer, I see the senators signing a big name UFA. This is as the money available would amount to over $6 million.

(Bonks 3.5million + Lalimes 2million+Bondra 5.4million – Hasek’s 2.5-3million =6/7million, give or take a few)

The two notable wingers available should be Roberts, and Shannahan.

Although no-one has mentioned the younger, talented Daze, his he is considered a major candidate in the eyes of the Senators Management. The 29 year old has been bashed for laziness in the Chicago media in the past, but since 2001, I believe he has shed that label and could be a strong power forward in the NHL, if injury free.

His Stats from 01/02:

Season Team GP G A P

2001-2002 Blackhawks 82 38 32 70

2002-2003 Blackhawks 54 22 22 44

2003-2004 Blackhawks 19 4 7 11

Althought he has been injured this past year, and keep in mind he has played for a weak team, he could prove to be successful with the likes of Mike Fisher. He was CHICAGO’s 4th-round choice (90th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Yet, every time I see him play, he reminds me of a young Owen Nolan. A type of player Ottawa desperately needs. Daze will go into corners, will work hard, has good hands, will get in front of the net, and is willing to pay the price. Daze made $3.2 million last year. Look for the possible contract to follow suit with that of Hasek’s offer; a small base(1.5-2 million), with performance incentives.

Another Possibility is Brendan Shanahan:

Shanahans 01-present stats:

Season Team GP G A P

2001-2002 Red Wings 80 37 38 75

2002-2003 Red Wings 78 30 38 68

2003-2004 Red Wings 82 25 28 53

Shanahan would be a good fit for the senators, as he would bring grit, along with veteran leadership. His two rings is the most attractive attribute. Although for him to sign would mean a decrease in base salary, Shanahan would also receive performance incentives. The Detroit media has thrown dirt onto Shanahans name the past two seasons. Also, it is believed that Detroit will not make a qualifying offer to Shanahan, as they believe that he does not fit into the new system. Once a UFA, they might make a pitch to land him, at a considerable decrease in pay. Look for Ottawa and possibly Toronto to match or raise the bar with their proposals.

Yet, the only way Toronto will pitch to Shanahan is if Roberts decides to test the market, as he will require a qualifying offer, and more then likely will not receive one, as the leafs could gamble to sign Roberts at a reduced base salary.

I see Either Roberts or Shanhan in a Senators Uniform in the near future

Let the bidding begin, deadline for Qualifying offers begins Wednesday night at midnight

hopefully this fuels some of your minds

and question, statement comments you can get a hold of me at : mattlef@sympatico.ca