Now that Erik Karlsson has suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury and joined Jason Spezza on the sideline, the Ottawa Senators appear doomed.
How can a team overcome the loss of the NHL’s top puck-rushing defenseman after losing its No. 1 center to a long-term injury too?
The answer, of course, is that it can’t – no matter how brave the Senators remain.
“You know, it’s exciting to watch Erik play every night, but at the same time, it’s a team game, not one guy that makes the difference in the outcome, so we really need to come together as a team and figure out how to play,” Senators goaltender Craig Anderson told the Ottawa Citizen.
General manager Bryan Murray will still seek to add replacements via the trade route. But he must be careful not to overreact to a bad situation.
He doesn’t want to write off this season, but he doesn’t compromise future seasons either.
“I don't really want to give up the best young prospects in my organization to get a short-term guy here,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “We're going to try to live with what we can for the time being. If there's something out there . . . I've got a lot of sympathetic general managers I know and I hope will be calling.
“We'll try to remedy some of the problems that we might have, but I can't envision that we're going to replace what we now have lost.”