Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/03/12 at 10:41 AM ET
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The return of Daniel Alfredsson for the 2012-13 season saves the Senators from the migraine they would have surely had trying to figure out where to come up with the 25-30 goals they were losing had he retired.
But looking at their lineup — now that the dust appears to be mostly settled — still leaves them the potential for a few other headaches.
For one, they seem to be putting a lot of faith in Jakob Silfverberg, a 21-year-old prospect who has yet to play a regular-season game in the NHL. Silfverberg sure looks like he’ll be a good player someday, but there’s no telling how he’ll deal with the demands of an 82-game schedule….
There is also concern, at least from outside the Senators’ offices, about their cap situation. Things may change with the new collective bargaining agreement — when and if that ever gets done — but right now the floor is somewhere around $54 million. According to Capgeek.com, only the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes and often confusing New York Islanders have spent less on salaries than the Senators, who have $50,208,333 going to 20 players.
How are they going to find a way to spend another $4 million? They can move closer to the floor, if they carry another two forwards (to give them 14) and a defenceman (putting seven on their roster).
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