I was preparing to add the Cody Ceci signing as a fringe signing, but since he was 101st among all defensemen, I thought that was close enough to get his own big post and do it up right.
Ceci and the Senators did indeed go all the way through arbitration proceedings this week and on Friday afternoon, the decision came down to award the defenseman a 1-year, $4.3 million deal, which will take him to the last year of restricted free agency next summer.
The 24-year old played in all 82 games for the Senators last season, scoring 5 goals and 19 points on a team that was a little lacklustre for the better part of the year and maybe it won't necessarily get better team-wise, but his experience is certainly growing and that could be the leading factor to a much better 2019 season.
With everything that is going on in Ottawa these days, it isn't hard to fathom that the team will likely look towards a guy like Ceci to take on a leadership role with the team and his ice-time should increase, if and when Erik Karlsson is eventually dealt out of town. Now that the signatures are on the dotted line, maybe the team can start to think more seriously about that possibility.
|Mark Stone||7.350||Erik Karlsson||6.500||Craig Anderson||4.750|
|Bobby Ryan||7.250||Cody Ceci||4.300||Mike Condon||2.400|
|Matt Duchene||6.000||Mark Borowiecki||1.200|
|Marian Gaborik||4.875||Chris Wideman||1.000|
|Clarke MacArthur||4.650||Christian Wolanin||0.925|
|Mikkel Boedker||4.000||Thomas Chabot||0.863|
|Zack Smith||3.250||Ben Harpur||0.725|
Now with Ceci and Stone in tow, the Senators are now rocking a fairly full projected roster of 24 players and they are now coming in at $6.8 million under the salary cap ceiling. There isn't a whole lot else to do internally, in terms of free agents, so now it will be that bit of tinkering that may or may not happen before the start of the regular season. Until that sort of things happens, I'm quite comfortable to run with this group as the projected roster for my hockey pool projections.