There is no one worse in the NHL than the Ottawa Senators.
Statistically, they only got nine points in the standings Monday morning, placing them dead last in the league. And over the weekend, they made the curious choice to put goaltender Matt Murray on waivers, which he allowed. Murray has now joined the AHL’s Belleville Senators.
On Monday’s Daily Faceoff Show, Frank Seravalli and Bryce Salvador delved into what could be happening in Canada’s capital.
“I always come back to distractions,” Salvador said. “Yeah, Brady Tkachuk made his deal, but he wasn’t at training camp, it’s a distraction to begin with. Then you are affected by COVID. And then, after that, you get confused. And inside the locker rooms, is there any stability?
“You look at (the Senators cap situation) and you have nine players in the last year of their contract. You’ve got a lot of guys concerned about their futures and beyond Drake Batherson nobody’s really producing. Brady Tkachuk is producing at his best pace of his career, so you have to give him credit, but this group of forwards have a total of 91 points, which ranks them 30th in the NHL as a group.
“And don’t get me defensive – that’s where things got really bad. They have a total of 31 points as a group that is tied for 29th in the NHL. Thomas Chabot, who signed his contract three years ago, scored 14 goals (that year). This year, he has no goal.
“When you see the goalkeepers are where they are, it’s really hard to win. Anytime you have to send an underage guy that’s supposed to be your number one. I saw it happen with the Devils with Corey Schneider. It’s really difficult in this locker room to play at your best, to have the right mindset on the ice.
“When you look at where this team is at, there is a lot to do here. Now you just need a mental reset more than really anything.
You can listen to the full show below.
Zach Laing is Chief News Officer and Senior Columnist for The Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or contactable by email at [email protected]