One of the best strengthened teams for the 2022-23 season will probably be the Ottawa Senators. Tim Stützle recently spoke in this spirit for the official NHL server, the team’s main builder Pierre Dorion also expressed his satisfaction just before the training camp.
Although there was speculation about the possible arrival of one more defenseman, namely Jakob Chychrun from Arizona, Dorion will not make a significant impact on the team until the start of camp. The price for the Coyotes running back seemed too high to him. Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux and Cam Talbot remain the main reinforcements. Ottawa’s players will gather for joint practice at the Canadien Tire Center on September 21.
“We’re very comfortable with the team we have going into camp,” Ottawa’s general manager said a few days ago on TSN 1200. “We definitely have a more skilled team than we had last year. It is important that we stay healthy.”
“Apart from youngster Ridly Greig, they’re all healthy now so we’re fine. Last year maybe a lot of people played below their potential, but now we feel very good. If we could get a linebacker in the first or second, it’s no secret that we would still do it,” Dorion added.
The problem is that other teams don’t know what to say about such a player. Arizona reportedly wanted two first-round draft picks for Chychrun and some young talent to go with it. The reinforcement must not be at the cost of unreasonable costs. Most general managers pointed to players in Ottawa’s ranks that the team’s builder did not want to get rid of. Dorion took the interest in Jake Sanderson, Roby Jarventie or Shane Pinto as a compliment to his scouting staff, but he intends to keep the named youngsters for now.
Chabot, Zub, Holden and Hamonic should handle the job in the defensive third. Improvement is expected from Zajcev. Chances will be given to young people, and if it is really necessary to bring someone in, we shouldn’t be worried.
Two protected free agents remain to be signed. Forward Alex Formenton and defender Erik Brännström. Dorion is negotiating with the agents of both fighters and expects that everything will be done in time. “They will both be under contract by the start of camp, if not before,” promises the manager.
The arrival of someone on a trial contract cannot be ruled out, but otherwise Pierre Dorion has a closed roster and is very satisfied with its status before the start of the season.
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