And So It Starts
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|Will Pascal Leclaire finally be Ottawa's answer in goal?|
Bryan Murray and Scott Howson have started the ball rolling.
Vermette is one of many underachieving Senators this season, having scored nine goals, and is basically the equivalent of Dominic Moore. Leclaire will be heralded as the solution in goal for the Sens, but at 26 he is still establishing himself and you have to be careful of goalies who look good playing for very tight defensive teams like the Blue Jackets.
So it's either problem for problem, or hope for hope. The Jackets can certainly use Vermette as they push for the post-season, while its all about next year for Ottawa, which has re-signed defenceman Filip Kuba to a deal worth $3.7 million per season. Brian Elliott briefly looked like he might be the future in goal for Ottawa, but of late has most assuredly not looked like a sure thing at all.
The departure of Vermette continues the breakup of the young gang of Senators that once included Ray Emery, Andrej Meszaros, Brian McGrattan and Joe Corvo. The disintegration of this club has been remarkable.
Just 25 trades to go to surpass last year's total. . .