Joined: Apr 2017
Would have expected longer term, particularly for this Cap Hit. That said, it’s inconsequential (I wish $7M could be inconsequential for me, LOL) as the Sens will neither be a Cap team nor will they have to worry about this being good/bad as he is unlikely to have that major of a decline in 1 season.
What the Sens are doing is cleaning house. There will be an unprecedented sell off of their pending UFAs (and likely some other pieces as well). By April there could be just a handful of players remaining from their Conference Final team of just 14 months ago (seems impossible to imagine).
The lack of money on the books beyond 2019 could make the team easier to sell to a new ownership group, in Ottawa or elsewhere (I hope not as the NHL has deep roots in Ottawa dating back to the 1910’s - the Senators, new and old, have been in the League for over a third of it’s entire history & it would be a shame to lose it).
The most unfortunate thing for the Sens is that their 1st round pick this year is in the hands of the Avelanche. No matter how many 1st rounders they get this year - and they’ll get at least 2 this year alone for Karlsson & Stone, respectively - none will be as high as their’s.
The question that remains, to me (other than the sale of the team) is what Dorion’s Expiry Date will be? Before he goes and bungled more trades and squanders their picks, I would expect management to make a move and bring in a fresh face to start building from as close to scratch as you ever will get. that it hasn’t happened so far signals to me that there may be a sale in the near future and that they are waiting for a new ownership group to install their own handpicked GM.