The regular season for the Senators has come to an end, and with it, the team’s hopes of securing a spot in the playoffs. As the players head into the offseason, the focus now shifts towards the rumors and speculation surrounding the team’s plans for the upcoming months. From potential player trades to potential coaching changes, there are numerous rumors circulating around the league, and fans are eager to see how they will impact the Sens future. With plenty of uncertainty in the air, the coming weeks and months promise to be an exciting time for fans of the team as they eagerly await news of what’s to come.
The Ottawa Senators have been linked to several goalies in recent months as they look to address their goaltending issues. Among the names mentioned are Joonas Korpisalo of the LA Kings, Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders, and Adin Hill of the Golden Knights. These are all experienced goalies who could provide stability between the pipes for the Senators. However, there is also a sneaky option that has been discussed among fans and analysts alike. Both Jeremy Swayman of the Boston Bruins and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Buffalo Sabres are young goalies who have shown promise in the NHL to limiting degrees. They also fit the Senators’ core philosophy of developing young talent together. While Swayman is the preferred option for many, UPL could also be an interesting choice given his potential. Swayman (24) had a .920 SV% and a 2.27 GAA in 37 games this season. UPL struggled this season however, he too is only 24 and has shown flashes of potential in limited NHL ice time. Would likely come at a much much lower cost than Swayman especially with the arrival of Levi. UPL .892 SV% and a 3.58 GAA in 33 games.
Alex DeBrincat Contract
As of right now fans are largely in the dark regarding the DeBrincat/Senators negotiations. The general consensus is that DeBrincat’s situation feels like a 50/50 proposition. After struggling this season, DeBrincat may be looking for a fresh start and could be hopeful to move back to the USA. This desire to return to the US could factor into his decision-making process during negotiations, potentially making his future with the Senators uncertain.
That being said, DeBrincat is a restricted free agent (RFA) and if he is not interested in signing a long-term contract with the Senators, the team may explore trade options to ensure they receive value for him rather than risk losing him for nothing. DeBrincat has reportedly told the Senators that he will inform them of his intentions before the draft in June giving fans a timeline for an expected answer. I still have high hopes that DeBrincat and the Senators will come to an agreement, and we will see DeBrincat sign for a 4 or 5 year contract with the team.
Ownership Situation, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd and Ryan Reynolds
The sale of the Ottawa Senators has garnered significant attention in recent weeks, with several high-profile groups expressing interest in purchasing the team. Ryan Reynolds and the Remington group have reportedly prepared a billion dollar bid for the Senators, indicating a serious interest in acquiring the team. This bid could be a game-changer in the sale process, as Reynolds could be viewing Ottawa similarly to how he viewed Wrexam before making a purchase of them.
In addition to Reynolds’ bid, other notable figures have entered the conversation as potential owners of the Senators. Snoop Dogg has aligned himself with the Neko Sparks group, while The Weeknd has just recently joined the Kimel family bid. There are also rumours, albeit nothing concrete, that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has expressed interest in becoming an owner of the team. These high-profile figures add an element of excitement to the sale process, and could potentially bring new energy and ideas to the Senators franchise.
The final bids for the Senators are due in the next 1-2 weeks, which means we will soon have a much clearer picture of who will ultimately become the new owner of the team. The sale process has generated a significant amount of interest from fans and the media, and it will be fascinating to see who emerges as the new face of the Senators franchise.