With the start of the new season upon us and Ottawa in particular looking to put back last year’s bismal showing and missing the playoffs, it’s time for a fresh start. When the puck drops on their season opener on Saturday (3rd Oct) against the New York Rangers, hopefully the new faces & old guard will be able to rise to the occassion and put behind the drama that surrounded Dany Heatley’s long drawn trade to San Jose.
Senators Coach Cory Clouston confirmed that there would no more moves and that the roster is set. So we see newcomer Milan Michalek join Daniel Alfredsson & Jason Spezza on the top line, while Alexie Kovalev will skate with Mike Fisher & youngster Peter Regin. Nick Foligno, Ryan Shannon and Cheechoo will make up the third unit, while Jarkko Ruutu, Chris Kelly and Chris Neil will skate on the fourth line, with Shean Donovan as the extra forward.
Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, the team’s No. 1 defence pairing, will be counted on to shut down opponents’ top lines. Chris Campoli, Filip Kuba, Alex Picard and newcomer Erik Karlsson are more finesse style, puck moving defencemen. Defenceman/winger Matt Carkner is also around for his toughness.