Listening to the TEAM’s interview with Jesse Winchester today, it seems like Winnie will be ready for Thursday’s game, but the real question is, are the Sens ready for him? The top three lines are pretty much set with Regin centering Foligno and Neil on the third line. So that fourth line will be the tough one for Cloo Cloo.
I’m sure Jarkko Ruutu will stay on LW. That leaves C and RW for Kelly, Donovan, Shannon, and Winchester. I would say Donovan gets the RW position because of his born ability to lead and grind, something not many Sens players have. So the Centre position with up for grabs between Kelly, Shannon, and Winchester. Right now, I like speed and that is Ryan Shannon.
There will be a 13th forward on this team, but not 14. Murray has to move one of Kelly and Winchester to make room. I like Chris and hope he isn’t the one who leaves, but I think he might be the one.
Matt Carkner got a contract extension today and it’s pretty much a reward for his outstanding play so far. He’s staying and staying long here. Now Bryan has to shift his focus towards Volchenkov. He needs to be re-signed for his physical and warrior-like play. I think a longer term would satisfy Anton to stay here, but Murray has to be careful with his money, because Foligno is another guy they have to retain.
Ilya Zubov officially left the Sens for the KHL. It’s sad to see him go, because he was my favorite prospect. Good luck to him, though.
I’ll guess Leclaire will start on Thursday while Ells gets the call on Saturday against the Bruins.