July 1st means more to Canadian hockey fans than just the birthday of our Nation, it is also the day where a large number of NHL players’ contracts expire and they go on the open market and in many cases get to determine their own future among multiple suitors.
The Ottawa Senators are not expected to big big players on July 1st, but I am sure they will be kicking tires and making calls to see if there is a bargain to be had. However, this is the day where General Managers lose their minds for the most part and give ridiculous offers and overpay for mediocre players just to make a splash. For every Free Agent signing that works out (Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa, The Sedins) there are multiple colossal failures (Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, Alex Kovalev). In fact in retrospect, there are more hopes crushed on July 1st than teams that are bolstered for Cup runs with major signings.
Ottawa does, however need to solve the issue of back-up goaltending. They would prefer to leave Robin Lehner in the AHL for a complete season to follow up on his Calder Cup MVP performance. Craig Anderson will get a bulk of the work, but they need to find a backup goaltender.
Over the next few days SenShot will look at some potential matches for the team, who would fill a need and not break the bank. If Murray can add a forward for the short term that will add to the club, he may do so, but not at any cost.
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