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 Alfredsson||Jason Spezza||Dany Heatley|
|Dean McAmmond||Mike Fisher||Antoine Vermette|
|Shean Donovan||Chris Kelly||Patrick Eaves|
|Brian McGratton||Niko Dimitrakos||Chris Neil|
|Joe Corvo||Wade Redden|
|Andrej Meszaros||Chris Phillips|
|Christoph Schubert||Anton Volchenkov|
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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