So what does this all mean? It means that scarppy Winchester native, Matt Carkner has made the team, along with Peter Regin and everyone's favorite overrated rookie, Erik Karlsson. I think Karlsson will be decent, I'm just not sipping the future all star kool aid yet. With that in mind, look for our pairings to look like this on opening night. Phillips-Volchenkov, Kuba-Karlsson, Campoli-Karkner, with Picard watching from the press box.
No forwards were cut today, so our team up front will be Spezza, Alfie, Michalek, Kovalev, Regin, Fisher, Foligno, Shannon, Cheechoo, Kelly, Neil, Ruutu, Winchester and Donovan. We aren't 100% sure of what the lines will be yet but if I had to guess I'd say:
With Donovan and Winchester the odd men out to start the year. Of course things can change in a hurry with poor play or injuries.
Goaltending will be handled by 2 very capable guys. Look for Leclaire to play 55-60 games and Elliott to play the rest. Our season rests on Leclaire's shoulders. I just ran into Pascal at the grocery store about 20 mins ago and he said he was feeling great, 110% healthy and can't wait to play Saturday night. That's good enough for me.
So here you have it, your 2009-10 Ottawa Senators. What do you think?