Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s 2019 Atlantic Review in which we take a team-by-team look at the other seven teams in the Atlantic Division. First up, we have our complete screw-up of a younger sibling, the Ottawa Senators.
It’s easy to forget that just two years ago the Sens were inexplicably one goal away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Since Chris Kunitz fired a puck past Craig Anderson in double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, everything has gone wrong for Ottawa. Everything.
They went into 2017-18 with aspirations of contending with mostly the same group as the year before. Pierre Dorion figured that acquiring Matt Duchene would push the team over the hump, so he dealt Kyle Turris and a first-round pick to get him. Things quickly went sideways, Ottawa’s PDO bubble burst, and the Sens ended up finishing 30th in the league.
They opted to keep their 2018 first-round pick and give Colorado the 2019 first-round pick with hopes that they would be better in 2018-19. The Sens dealt captain Erik Karlsson prior to the start of the season for an underwhelming return and hung on to Duchene, Mark Stone, and Ryan Dzingel until the trade …
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