8. Ottawa Senators
- Last Year’s Finish: 5th
- Key Additions: David Legwand, Alex Chiasson
- Key Losses: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky
In my opinion, the Senators took a huge step back this off-season and it all started when they traded away disgruntled star Jason Spezza for Alex Chaisson, two prospects, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. That’s a very small return for a player that had been so crucial to the team’s success in past years. Chances are the Senators didn’t have much leverage in any deal involving Spezza as he had made it known he wanted out of Ottawa and he is scheduled to become a free agent next year.
The Senators also entered the free agent period with tons of money to spend and they barely used any of it. In fact, the only player of importance they signed was veteran David Legwand. The Legwand signing won’t be enough to fill the void left by the departures of Spezza and Hemsky and as a result the Senators and their mediocre roster will finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division.