Which team has had the worst off-season to date?
By: The NHL Nosebleed Team
Peter Bolt- New York Islanders
Hands down the New York Islanders. Not only did the Islanders lose John Tavares and Calvin de Haan, but to make matters worse by signing Tom Kuhnackl, Valtteri Filppula, and Leo Komarov who are all on the decline. Just when it looked like they were about to piece it all together by hiring Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello it all falls apart. I’m not sure what Lou Lamoriello was thinking offering out these contracts but maybe his age is getting to him…
(Jack Fenty Comment)
On the other hand, the team did add Lou, Trotz, and former Caps goalie coach, Mitch Korn. Losing Tavares is a huge loss, but it looks like the team is heading in the right direction with the moves up top. Plus they needed bottom 6 forwards, they signed way too many of them but at least they got them.
Colin Noonan- Ottawa Senators
Conventional wisdom would suggest the Islanders, but they still have the best center from last year on the team in Mat Barzal and had a home run of a draft getting Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson. The answer for me is the Ottawa Senators. They’re still stuck with the worst contract in the league, they saw the Sharks flip one of their former assets to a division rival in Mike Hoffman, they passed on Filip Zadina for Brady Tkachuk, and their two biggest trade chips, Matt Duchene and Erik Karlsson, get less and less valuable by the day. Everything Ottawa handled this offseason, they handled wrong.
Jack Fenty- Ottawa Senators
No one thought going into this offseason that it was going to be a pretty one for the Ottawa Senators. The team had to deal with owner, Eugene Melnyk’s comments regarding relocating the Sens, which occured back in the regular season. Now onto the offseason itself, one of the biggest stories of the offseason was the controversy between Sens forward Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend and star defenseman Erik Karlsson’s wife. News had broke that after Karlsson’s unborn child died Hoffman’s girlfriend sent harassing and inappropriate text to Karlsson’s wife. This led to Hoffman being traded, which is actually a huge loss in terms talent on this team. Not only did they lose a talented player, the organization was in the spotlight once again for the wrong reasons. After this the draft rolled around and General Manager, Pierre Dorion, let other GMs know that Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene were available for trade. Both were not traded, but it looks like both eventually will be due to Karlsson not yet resigning with the team. Regarding the draft itself I have no problem with the Sens drafting Brady Tkachuk, Brady will be a star power forward for years to come in this league. Due to the lack of moves made this offseason this team will follow bottom three in the league.
Mike Moss- Ottawa Senators
With Erik Karlsson most likely not going to resign, Mike Hoffman getting sent back to their own division, and talks for relocation the Senators have been a dumpster fire all summer. The only move that I like was drafting Brady Tkachuk (even if he may go play for London this year). They are early front runners for future #1 pick Jack Hughes and don’t even own their own first round draft pick.
Chris Yackel- Ottawa Senators
It's unbelievable that just 15 months ago the Ottawa Senators were one goal away from going to the Stanley Cup Final. Since then the Sens haven’t had anything seem to go right. Most of it is their own doing. Erik Karlsson is still an Ottawa Senator as there is no indication he has any interest to re-sign with the organization. Karlsson should have been dealt at the draft and everyday he remains a Senator, his trade return becomes less valuable. Pierre Dorian also screwed himself with the Mike Hoffman situation. Hoffman’s time in San Jose only lasted an hour as the Sharks flipped him back to the Atlantic Division with the Florida Panthers. Talk about a backfire.
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