Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Richardson Goes to Ottawa is reporting on their Free Agent Tracker that Luke Richardson has joined the Senators on a 1-year deal, worth $500,000. Richardson, 38, only played in 27 games last season, registering 3 assists, so in no way, shape or form, will he be in consideration for anyone's pool team, but it is worth noting that his leadership may be quite convincing down the stretch... saying that he plays in more than 27 games, of course.

The Senators are already quite deep in the blueline position, so the acquisition of Richardson is somewhat questionable. He'll more than likely fill in as the seventh defenseman for when injuries or healthy scratches come about. GM Bryan Murray must see some sort of value having the long-time veteran in the squad and at practice or else he'd just be throwing money away. Maybe it is one of those intangibles that the Sens were missing against Anaheim is what he sees in Richardson.

Daniel AlfredssonJason SpezzaDany Heatley
Dean McAmmondMike FisherAntoine Vermette
Shean DonovanChris Kelly
Patrick Eaves
Brian McGrattonNiko Dimitrakos
Chris Neil
Joe CorvoWade Redden
Andrej MeszarosChris Phillips
Christoph Schubert
Anton Volchenkov
Ray Emery
Martin Gerber

With Oleg Saprykin signing on in Europe this summer, that opens the door for one of the young Sens players to jump in or the newly acquired Niko Dimitrakos to jump into the NHL again. The Sens have some depth in their farm system and will probably play around with it a great deal. With the 20 players shown above, their salary cap number is only sitting at $48 million, which does leave them with plenty of space for a move at the deadline, if a rental player is needed.

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