Sunday, September 28, 2008

Senators Leave For Europe

The Sens had Luke Richardson on a tryout contract in the pre-season and they felt that Richardson could bring enough to the team on a semi-regular basis, so they signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday. It looks like Richardson will have some of the sixth or seventh man duty on the blueline for the Sens.

Also before heading to Europe this weekend, the Sens cut five more players from their active roster, including forward Brad Isbister and defenseman Brendan Bell, both of whom, were thought to have in roads to the line-up to start the season. Quite obviously, they didn't use those in roads well and they will be left in North America while the team opens the season.

The Senators have now reported that they have 25 players left on the roster and it should look something like this:

Jason SpezzaFilip KubaMartin Gerber
Daniel AlfredssonChristoph SchubertAlex Auld
Dany HeatleyChris PhillipsBrian Elliot
Antoine VermetteAnton Volchenkov
Mike FisherJason Smith
Dean McAmmondLuke Richardson
Chris NeilAlexandre Picard
Jarkko RuutuBrian Lee
Shean Donovan
Nick Foligno
Chris Kelly
Cody Bass
Jesse Winchester
Zack Smith
Jim McKenzie

Even with 25 players on the roster, the Sens leave with a solid team well under the cap at approximately $55.5 million. Of course, when they return from Europe, there should be a couple extra cuts made, likely to Brian Elliot and Jim McKenzie to keep the team at 23 players, so don't be looking at them for your pool team.

An interesting name to be looking at will be Jesse Winchester, who may start on the team's top line and provide a good sleeper pick to your pool team, especially if he can stay up with the big club all year. Playing with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley is sure to give Winchester all sorts of points.

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