If Milan Michlaek‘s upper body injury is at all serious and he ends up missing significant time, the Senators will be facing a tough time. The options for replacing the NHL’s leading goal scorer and the player who has accounted for 20% of their goal scoring are very limited.
Bobby Butler will likely get the chance tonight, and if he fails, Stephane Da Costa has 7 points in 7 games since he was sent to Binghamton, so if he has found some confidence he might be an option, although he would likely have to move to the wing to play on one of the top 2 lines.
However, there is another option, a player who has been off the radar for some time. If you are under 30 or not from Canada, you probably aren’t even aware of his existence. Right now he would be a mid-30′s player who was the ultimate underdog and could be a good fit, if GM Bryan Murray can find him, in whatever rec league he is playing in now.
Imagine how good Albert would look in Sen’sRed, his first name on the back of his jersey and 20,000 Ottawa fans chanting his name as he takes to the ice, wearing the #7 that the likes of Mark Lamb, Nelson Emerson, Dan Quinn, Viacheslav Butsayev, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Randy Cunneyworth all wore so proudly. Of course David Rundblad is currently wearing the number, but I am sure he would give it up to a player as legendary as Albert, the man so good he only goes by his first name, like Ronaldo.
Of course I am just kidding, and Sens fans and players can only hope that Michalek’s injury is not serious and that he will be patrolling the wings again very soon. In his absence, the Senators will struggle to replace his offense, expecially on the power play that was already missing veterans Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba. There should be an update this morning as to the severity of Michalek’s injury, and how long he will be out, if at all.
In the meantime, Albert, stand bythe phone.
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