If you don't know if yet, things have gotten pretty bad for the Ottawa Senators. The Buffalo Sabres scored three times in the second period and held on for a 3-2 win over the Sens last night, handing the latter their 12th loss in their last 13 games.
What hurts even more for Senators fans is the fact that management is not ready for this. After trading for Matt Duchene earlier this season, they never expected to be on a losing streak, with their captain Erik Karlsson stating he might look to be traded if he does not get top dollar.
And when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun revealed last night during TSN's Insider Trading, that the future looks grim in Ottawa.
"To make matters worse right now, if that’s even possible for the Ottawa Senators, is the fact that we take a peek at the June entry draft and they don’t have a pick until the third round right now. That’s because their first-round pick went to Colorado in the Matt Duchene deal and their second-rounder went in the Derick Brassard deal with the New York Rangers. Now, that first-round pick is top-10 protected which means that if they can’t salvage the season and it is indeed a top-10 pick then it becomes a 2019 first-round pick. Either way, even for a team that has drafted well and they’ve got a lot of good youngsters in the organization and in the pipeline, that’s of concern I think moving forward and if they bottom out, they have to try and recoup some high picks before June."
What will general manager Pierre Dorion do to fix this conundrum? Will he need to move young players like Jean-Gabriel Pageau, or Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci?
Or will he have to do the unthinkable and sent his star defenseman elsewhere?
It looks like it might get worse in Ottawa before it gets better...