Show me the money!
Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Garrioch had a few interesting bits to report on.
Chance are the Senators will not give defenseman Patrick Wiercioch a $2.7 Million dollar qualifying offer.
“It’s $2.7 million to qualify him. Is he worth that money? Is better off going somewhere else? Of course, we’ve talked with the agent and we’ve talked there’s other situations we can explore and that’s what we’re going to do these next few weeks,”
I’d be surprised if the Senators didn’t get at the very least a later round draft pick for Wiercioch, he’s got NHL experience and while there are certainly flaws in his game with his size I’d be shocked if someone didn’t bite hoping a “change of scenery” is all he needs to elevate his game.
Mike Hoffman and the Senators haven’t yet talked about keeping the winger in Ottawa,.
While he’s certainly been the whipping boy in the past I would guess the two sides come together and hammer something out. A new coach that Hoffman’s had success in the past with and $$$ go a long way to mend wounds.
Cody Ceci’s agent J.P. Barry and Senators GM Pierre Dorion will meet again as they try to work out a deal.
Senators prospect Max McCormick is switching up his off season training regiment in hopes to make see more action with the Senators.
“You want to stay there. I was up and down three different times this year. I think I got my foot in the door, and I have to continue to prove myself and prove that I belong there and play in the NHL full-time.”
Drafted in the 6th round (171) of the 2011 NHL Entry draft, McCormick played 20 games with the Senators this season, scoring twice and adding two assists.
McCormick will be training with players like Joe Pavelski and Tom Gilbert with the University of Wisconsin strength coach Jim Snider.
“I’m training with guys that are more experienced than me and are better players than me, I can kind of chase them, and they’ll push me a little more.”
Drafting with confidence
For those of you who have little faith in the Senators drafting ability, according to Postmedia’s ranking of draft performance since 2005 the Senators earned some top grades.
The Senators were 22nd in draft position and ranked fifth in games played, 11th in points generated.
The Senators have announced their pre-season schedule:
2016-17 Ottawa Senators pre-season schedule (all times Eastern)
Monday, Sept. 26: Ottawa vs. Toronto (in Halifax, N.S.) 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Montreal at Ottawa, 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 3: Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4: Toronto vs. Ottawa (in Saskatoon), 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.