The Ottawa Senators have successfully re-signed backup goalie Robin Lehner. On Thursday the two sides agreed on a new three year, $6.675m contract. Lehner is coming out of a tough season with the Senators.
The 23 year old posted a record of 12-15-6 for the Senators last season. However, for a backup goalie, I believe those are fairly decent numbers. Clearly the Ottawa Senators management staff agree as well. I believe this is a smart move. They see the potential in this kid and are smart enough to sign him to a longer deal.
This way, if Robin Lehner has a breakout year in the upcoming season, the organization won’t have to scramble to re-sign him at the end of the year. I know it has the potential to go the opposite direction, but from what I’ve seen from this guy, it won’t. He’s quick, covers his angles really well and isn’t afraid to attempt a save from beyond his goal crease. I believe he will remain in the backup position moving forward, but I’m sure he’ll continue to improve his skills and eventually become a number one goalie. With the goaltending situation dealt with, the Senators must now work on strengthening their offense.
There has been plenty of uncertainty surrounding this team in recent months. The departure of forward Jason Spezza was a huge blow and now the team once again must name a new Captain. Looking at the current roster, I believe there are only two clear choices. Veteran defenceman Chris Phillips or rookie defenceman Erik Karlsson should be front runners to wear the C in my opinion. These guys are huge fan favorites and have proven they can take on the responsibility countless times.
New Scoring Options
I believe it’s going to be a very tough season for the Ottawa Senators this year. The team does have a solid number one line in Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek. But they’ll need a lot more secondary scoring from other players to make up for the 66 points that left with Spezza. Some other players that I believe need to step up and contribute more are Cory Conacher, Zack Smith and Erik Condra. If these guys can build off their combined total of 58 points from last season, the Senators will easily make the playoffs again this year. Also if Clarke MacArther and Mika Zibanejad have another great season, this team could go far in the playoffs this year.
This roster is full of young players looking to make their mark and become elite scorers for this Senators team. I can’t wait to see which one of them will score the most goals this season. It will be interesting where forward Alex Chiasson will be placed moving forward as well.
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