Monday, September 30, 2013

Sens Make Cuts, Including Surprised Zibanejad

With the regular season getting underway in just a few more nights, we all knew that cuts were coming sooner than later. Today was the day, as the Senators re-assigned 29 players in total, mostly to Binghamton, except for 2013 1st rounder Curtis Lazar, who was sent back to his Junior team. For the most part, it went as expected, with one big surprise.

Mika Zibanejad, who was a regular last year, was sent down to the AHL, which had most Sens fans scratching their collective heads. Parisien Stephane Da Costa took his roster spot for some inexplicable reason. My only guess is that Da Costa had to clear waivers and they thought someone would scoop him up and now they're going to start him here to showcase him for a potential trade.

The other reason, but this is just an educated guess by me and nothing more, is the potential money saved in salary by demoting Z-Bad. If playing in the NHL, his base salary is $925k, that can potentially bloom to $1.75M with bonuses, and in the AHL it's $70k. Quite the difference isn't it? Kinda sketchy to assume this had anything to do with it, but with recent financial troubles being brought to the light, who knows.

All in all, it made for yet another interesting day in Sens Town. The team is now at 22 players, with 2 goalies, 7 defenceman and 13 forwards.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau made the final squad to no one's surprise, as he continued to impress after a spectacular coming out party during the playoffs last season. Other notables sent down to Bingo include Mark Borowiecki, Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, Shane Prince and Fredrik Claesson. It looks like the B-Sens are going to be very strong this year, which is good for their development in my opinion.

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