The Ottawa Senators made two huge moves yesterday by signing forward Martin St.Pierre to a one year, two way contract and goaltender Mike Brodeur to a one year, two way contract. Bryan Murray probably had his best day as GM last night by improving the Sens' roster last night.
In all seriousity, when all the other 5 Canadian teams made some important signings, we did nothing, zero, nada, zilch. I know the team was handcuffed by Dany Heatley's impeccable martyr-like disapprovement of the trade to Edmonton, but they still should have done more. There is still prized free agents left(Tanguay, Samuelsson), and let's hope to all Murray gets one done.
First, on the Chris Neil signing. Chris Neil is awesome, he plays hard, fights hard, aggressive on the forecheck, and was the only player along with Elliott and Alfie that wanted to win last year. But, how is he making $2 million a year, when Colton Orr, who has similar stats to Neil, is making $1 million a year? Will this be another Murray overpayment?
The Sens have about $2.5 million left in cap room, which I think is enough to sign Samuelsson. However, if they somehow trade Heatley, that makes it $10 million, which would give them much flexibility if they want to go after an RFA or two.