The Contrarian: Sudden Movements

Demetri Fragopoulos

2016-04-17

The Senators and Bruins wouldn't be wise to make any sudden movements, even after missing the playoffs.

The saying “fools rush in where angels fear to tread” was most famously written by Alexander Pope, but has been used and modified by countless others since. I think I have found a few people that are gung-ho foolish.

The first is Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun and his claim that the Senators should pursue Steven Stamkos if he should opt for unrestricted free agency this summer.

He writes to Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk:

“You need a top-line player in a big way, but in every trade you’re going to have to part with a bundle to get one, and there won’t be much else to get excited about on the UFA list. Landing Stamkos would only cost you a lot of money, which is what you might lose if you don’t do something quick.”

To his credit Brennan recognizes that Stamkos may re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if he does not, then, “Tell him he can play centre,” and, “Remind him Erik Karlsson will be feeding him passes.”

A side-effect of this brilliant move would be that Erik Karlsson would want to stay and re-sign with the Senators since he and Stamkos are about the same age.

The motivation for this rather brash move is to restore the fans confidence with Melnyk’s team after a rather poor public execution of former head coach Dave Cameron. Oh, and to stick it to the Toronto Maple Leafs too. The same team that graciously traded Dion Phaneuf to you a few months ago.

Excellent! That settles it. It must be done.

We all hope that Stamkos recovers from his surgery to deal with blood clots because it would be a loss to the whole hockey community if he had to retire prematurely. But shouldn’t the Senators make sure that he will be able to play first?

The fans have been burdened with too many bad contracts for players that underperformed.

It amazes me that the solution to the problems for every team that does not win the Cup is to sign Steven Stamkos. Ridiculous.

Ottawa’s power play was ranked 26th and Stamkos would help improve it, but their penalty killing special teams were 29th. Will Stamkos help with that?

In comparison to the Washington Capitals, the Senators scored 18 fewer goals and let in 50 more. A healthy Kyle Turris would help close the gap in both categories.

Finding a coach that can motivate that group to work as a team should be the highest priority.

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