Ottawa Senators Armchair GM Part 2: Defense And Goaltenders

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Mar 13, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman

Jared Cowen

(2) caries the puck as New York Islanders left wing

Matt Martin

(17) chases during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

3. Trade Jared Cowen to Colorado for a 2015 2nd round pick 

I know many people are hesitant to give up Cowen, but I really don’t see why you would be. Sure, he could become a solid player in Ottawa, but since his rookie season he hasn’t shown enough to the team that he even belongs in the NHL, let alone that he could be a top pairing defender.

He’s 24 years old, and I don’t see him growing his game anymore. He hardly played at all down the stretch, and much like Phillips, Cameron knows the Senators have better defensemen than him. Somehow because of his pedigree, I think he still has a bit of trade value. The Avalanche seem like the exact type of organization that would target a Cowen-type, and word is that they don’t see any value in analytics.

I think they might just be naive enough to see something in Cowen and give a quality pick in return.

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