What will the Senators do to turn things around?
Murray’s hands have been tied trade-wise because of the Senators internal budget, but we heard owner Eugene Melnyk suggest on TSN 1200 last week that he would add money if he was convinced it would make a significant difference.
Melnyk also says he prefers the developmental approach to long-term success, rather than the Band-Aid approach of signing free agents. The Senators current management team has drafted well in recent years. Binghamton is currently tasting success thanks to solid drafting and Curtis Lazar, the club’s top pick at last June’s draft, appears to be a lock for Canada’s world junior team.
But here lies the rub. The Senators are without a first round draft choice next June – gone to the Anaheim Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade last summer – and if they don’t make the playoffs, that pick becomes even more valuable. It could even, potentially, become a lottery pick.****
If the Senators fall far out of the post-season race, do they contemplate making a blockbuster deal with a playoff-bound squad to recoup that first round pick?
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