Around The Division: Looking At What The Senators’ Rivals Have Done So Far

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May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing

Daniel Alfredsson

(11) reacts as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by left wing

James Neal

(18) during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Wings are not only moving divisions, but also conferences.  For the first time in ages, they will have a more friendly travel schedule that will benefit their aging club.  They finished with 56 points and were 3rd in the Central division.

OUT:  Damien Brunner (UFA), Dan Cleary (UFA), Valtteri Filppula (signed in Tampa), Ian White (UFA)

IN:  Daniel Alfredsson (UFA), Stephen Weiss (UFA)

ARE THEY BETTER TODAY THAN THE END OF THE SEASON?  No.  Alfredsson isn’t a spring chicken any more, and Weiss is coming off a long-term injury and has always under acheived.  They lost a couple of solid young players in Brunner and Filppula and Cleary was a very good all-around player who will be missed if he doesn’t re-sign.