The Ottawa Senators roster has undergone a lot of turnover in the last couple of seasons, with only 9 regulars from the 2008-09 season still being on the roster. Since that time players have come and gone, having made either great or very little impact during their stay in Ottawa.
The question today is, if you had your pick, which former Senator’s castoff would you like to have back on the Sens roster? The choices I am giving you are:
1. Dany Heatley – A two time 50 goal scorer in Ottawa left amid conspicuous circumstances and an apparent feud with Cory Clouston. Is now on his second team since leaving the Senators, and has been public enemy #1.
2. Mike Fisher – Dealt to the Nashville Predators in a deal that signified the end of an era and the beginning of a rebuild. He has struggled with injuries (surprise, surprise) and was slow out of the gate this season.
3. AntonVolchenkov – Shot-blocking shutdown defenseman left for greener pastures in New Jersey. However, I think he is finding out that the grass is not always greener, even if the money is, and he hasn’t made the impact the Devils had hoped.
4. Chris Kelly – Perhaps the former Senator who has thrived the most in his new surroundings. The Stanley Cup Champion is on pace to set a career high in goals (34) and points (57) and tie his career high in assists (23).
5. Brian Elliott – If Kelly is the most successful former Sen, Elliott is the most surprising. Left for dead, Elliott signed a 2 way deal to be the backup to Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis. He has the best GAA and SP in the NHL among goalies who have played more than 2 games and his 3 shoutouts trails only Jonathan Quick’s 4.
6. Alex Kovalev – If you could compress the games he actually showed up for in his two seasons in Ottawa in to one month, you would have an all-star. Not too many tears were shed when he was dealt to the Penguins before the trade deadline.
Thanks for reading and as always, comments are welcomed.
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