OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators are decided to end up they can live to tell the tale and thrive without Erik Karlsson.
Looking to move right into a rebuilding section, possession and control made the verdict to industry their captain, and perfect participant, to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
While the Karlsson industry didn’t come as a wonder, avid gamers said getting it carried out sooner than the season most likely used to be perfect.
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“It had the potential to be a distraction,” defenceman Mark Borowiecki stated Friday because the Senators hit the ice for coaching camp. “There was a lot of signs kind of pointing in that direction and now it’s just kind of time for us to move on. A time to look inwards here and what do we have to do now to get this thing righted and it gives us a bit of a chance to focus less on that situation and focus more on ourselves.”
The Senators, who completed moment final within the league final yr, perceive existence might be harder without Karlsson, however have faith they have sufficient forged items to move forward.
“Every season is hard, everybody starts from scratch on day one,” stated winger Mark Stone. “We’ve got to build every day to generate a foundation that’s going to help us win hockey games and I think there’s a number of guys in this group that are going to help in doing that. I’m excited. We’re back here on day one with everybody and it was a great day and it’s fun to be here.”
The total message Friday used to be the remainder veterans are decided to stay in combination and in finding the cohesion that used to be missing final season.
“We’re not going to sit around here and drag our lips and mope and feel sorry for ourselves,” stated Borowiecki. “Are there going to be tough times? For sure, it’s expected. We’ve got some great ideas, we’ve had some really positive meetings and we had a good, hard session (Friday). The true test is going to be what happens if we go on a five-game slide, seven-game slide. I’m not saying it will happen, but it might and how are we going to react to that as a group. That’s kind of going to be the true test for us.”
Adversity is not anything new for the Senators, who’ve produced a protracted line of unfavorable headlines off and on the ice. Matt Duchene identified that they’ve been coping with it for nearly a yr and joked it perceived to coincide together with his arrival final season, when he used to be bought in a industry from the Colorado Avalanche.
“Hopefully, it’s not me that’s the problem,” Duchene stated with a grin. “Hopefully that’s all gone now and hopefully we can move forward and have a good season. Obviously everybody wants to kind of crap all over us, but we’re going to try and use that as a chip on our shoulder and motivation. We should use it to our advantage.”
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The dangerous information persevered Friday when the Senators showed centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau suffered a torn Achilles to his proper leg all through an agility check Thursday and is anticipated to leave out six months.
In a intensity chart launched Wednesday, the Senators had pencilled in Pageau as their second-line centre. The 25-year-old had 14 objectives and 39 issues in 78 video games final season.
“That one was a kick for us,” stated Duchene of shedding Pageau. “He’s such a special player for us too. He’s a guy that plays such a big role and does things that a lot of guys can’t do out there in terms of the grit and the role he plays. That’s going to be really tough to replace.”
The harm will create alternative as Zack Smith, anticipated to be at the 3rd line, may just move up or Chris Tierney, bought from the San Jose Sharks as a part of the Karlsson industry, may just get an opportunity. Tierney had 17 objectives and 40 issues in 82 video games final yr.
With the Senators going with a adolescence motion, they will most likely give Colin White, Logan Brown and Filip Chlapik a chance as smartly.