Get ready, Sens fans, because the upcoming NHL free agency season is just around the corner, and the team is poised to make some exciting moves! This article is going to explore some of the potential free agent targets that I believe the Senators should pursue to help improve their roster and take the team to the next level. From analyzing the team’s areas of need, to identifying the available free agents who could fill those needs, to assessing the likelihood of the team signing those players, the article is going to provide a comprehensive analysis that will be sure to excite you for next season. So get ready to discover all the potential game-changing free agents that the Senators could and should bring in for the right prices. It is important to keep in mind that the cap space depends on the re-signing of current free agents, these are all hypothetical.
Alex Killorn RW/LW – 27 Goals, 37 Assists, 64 Points
First choice for me would be for the Sens to sign Alex Killorn from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite his advancing age, Killorn remains a highly productive player who consistently delivers impressive performances on the ice. With 27 goals, 37 assists, and 64 points this season, Killorn boasts impressive offensive numbers that make him an ideal candidate for the team’s third line. Moreover, his exceptional versatility and adaptability, allows him to seamlessly transition to higher lines in the event of injuries, which would amplify his already considerable value to the team. A 1 or 2 year contract would allow the Sens to retain this valuable player for a reasonable duration while simultaneously providing an opportunity to assess their options in the near future.
Adin Hill G – .915 SV%, 2.45 GAA
The Ottawa Senators’ potential signing of Adin Hill represents a strategically sound move that could significantly strengthen the team’s goaltending depth. As a 26-year-old player with impressive potential, Hill could provide valuable support as a short-term 1B to Anton Forsberg, adding a new level of depth and security to the Senators roster. Hill had an impressive season, reflected in his .915 save percentage and 2.45 goals-against average, demonstrating his impressive ability as a netminder and solidifies his value as a potential asset for the Senators. The decision to sign Hill would also allow for the continued development of prospect Mads Sogaard in the AHL with Belleville, providing additional opportunities for the organization’s young talent to grow and flourish. With the relatively low cost of signing Hill, the Senators can gain valuable depth at a crucial position without risking a significant financial investment.
Jesper Fast RW – 10 Goals, 19 Assists, 29 Points
The potential signing of Jesper Fast by the Sens presents an opportunity to address the need for depth scoring and bolster the team’s bottom 6 forwards. At 31 years old, Fast is an experienced and capable player who could provide valuable support on a short-term contract. With 10 goals, 19 assists, and 29 points this season, Fast demonstrated his ability to contribute offensively while remaining a reliable and consistent presence on the ice. Additionally, Fast’s recent performances for the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs further underscore his effectiveness as a skilled and versatile forward. Furthermore Fast should be a relatively inexpensive player to sign, allowing for cost-effective depth scoring. As a team who will be cap crunched, the Sens should be looking for value signings such as Fast.
Andreas Athanasiou LW – 20 Goals, 20 Assists, 40 Points
Athanasiou is another player for the team who fits the need of strengthening the bottom 6 and addressing the need for depth scoring. Athanasiou’s is still in his prime at just 28 years old and just had an impressive season where he scored 20 goals, 20 assists, for 40 points with the Blackhawks. Athanasiou could provide significant value to Ottawa seeking as a reliable scoring presence. As a solid third line scoring forward, Athanasiou’s consistent ability to produce points could prove vital to the team’s success. Additionally, his exceptional speed could offer him the ability to create scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammates. Despite having bounced around the league in recent years, Athanasiou’s versatility and skill on the ice have been demonstrated, and his potential for growth remains high. A short-term contract to sign Athanasiou would be a prudent investment for the Sens.