With the push for the playoffs officially over after last night's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes, I think management has to stress something. The team won't be making the playoffs in the next 1-2 years unless they finally settle some issues. The first issue was settled by acquiring a franchise goaltender. The second issue that will be on the top of Murray's "To Do's" on July 1st is a scoring winger. And thirdly, the Sens need to draft in the Top 6 of the Draft to get a high end player. Jared Cowen isn't too far out of the equation.
Cowen is Chara #2 essentially. He's big, muscular, and posseses a strong shot from the point. He also plays very well in his own zone and will get in your face anytime, anywhere. The only knock against him is his injury history. This year his season was sidelined by hand and ankle injuries but once he recovers he's one great prospect.
Trades will also have to be made. One of Volchenkov, Phillips, and Smith will have to leave. I'm guessing Murray will want to stick with his top pairing so there's a chance Jason Smith will be traded. Alexandre Picard's days are also numbered. He started the year off well but doesn't fit in the lineup now with Campoli in. His ocntract is also too big so there's a chance they may buy him out. Alex Auld will most likely be traded. He is the obvious odd man out with Elliott's recent excellent play. There will be teams interested in him, like Boston if they lost both Thomas and Fernanadez.