This is a new one. Up until the trade deadline, Mark Stone seemed like the player the Senators were the most interested in at least trying to hold on to. They eventually did trade him to he Golden Knights, where he's been thriving and has already signed a big extension that will kick in after this season. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk doesn't seem to have any regrets.
On Bill Carroll's radio show in Canada, Melnyk said that Stone, 26, is too old to give a big contract to. To reiterate: Stone is 26. When his eight-year deal with the Golden Knights is up, he'll be 34.
The Senators aren't devoid of a future.