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Sport Senators eyeing more forward help?

22:05  24 october  2020
22:05  24 october  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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The Senators have already added to their forward group this offseason with the signing of Evgenii Dadonov and the acquisition of Austin Watson, but they might not be done adding up front just yet. Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch reports that the belief is that Ottawa might be interested in adding one more forward to the mix.

Davis Payne et al. in uniform: Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith is looking for forward help for his Senators. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith is looking for forward help for his Senators.

From a roster composition standpoint, the Sens have several players on entry-level contracts who are likely to break camp with the team, so adding another veteran wouldn’t put them in a roster crunch of any kind.  Adding another veteran would certainly insulate them against injuries and would allow them to shuffle some of those youngsters back and forth between them and AHL Belleville, which is something they did last season.

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Cap space won’t be an issue either as even after they re-sign arbitration-eligible center Chris Tierney, they’ll have plenty of it. But there are questions as to how much they’ll be willing to spend next season, especially since they’re not quite ready to emerge from their rebuild just yet.  As things stand, they have a little less than $18M in room, per CapFriendly.

It’s unclear what type of forward they’d have a preference for acquiring, as they have needs basically in every area.  But with their young core set to get more expensive over the next few years as entry-level deals expire, adding someone on a long-term deal could have repercussions down the road.  With that in mind, adding someone with a year or two left would probably be more beneficial for Ottawa.

Senators sign Evgenii Dadonov to three-year, $15M deal

  Senators sign Evgenii Dadonov to three-year, $15M deal Dadonov, 31, is one of the better offensive players in the league and has recorded at least 25 goals in each of the three seasons since returning from the KHL. He’ll immediately become one of the team’s most dangerous options on the power play and can help lengthen out a lineup that was previously led by a bunch of very young players.As with any signing the Senators make, though, it is important to note how back-loaded the deal is. They have a history of moving players out before they get too expensive, and with nearly half of the deal’s salary due in the final season that could still be the case here.

There are quite a few teams looking to free up some cap room, and if GM Pierre Dorion is indeed willing to add another forward, this could be an opportunity to bring someone in for a low price or if they’re open to taking on a pricier contract, perhaps add some more draft pick and/or prospect capital as well.

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