With pressures mounting on the Senators to re-sign one prominent and impending unrestricted free agent (UFA), the Senators made a splash today by inking… Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract.
I suppose under normal circumstances, it would be reassuring to see the organization retain a goaltender who not only has NHL experience but some familiarity with the organization and a level of comfort playing in Binghamton. But this is Ottawa, and when the Senators’ long-time captain has not signed an extension and other teams are allowed to express interest and talk shop with Daniel Alfredsson and his representation, things get a little disconcerting and questions start to get asked.
Why hasn’t the organization aggressively tried to get Alfredsson signed? Is this simply the net result of a contract negotiation? Are the Senators really adhering to the $50M budget that Ken Warren referred to the other day? If so, does that strict financial budget mean that the organ...