The Ottawa Senators will take a long, hard look at themselves this week and then determine what’s next. With the NHL trade deadline looming large Feb. 26th at 3 p.m. EST, general manager Pierre Dorion will sit down with owner Eugene Melnyk for two days of meetings in Barbados this week to determine the course of the franchise’s future. “(Dorion’s) going to go through all the different options that we have available,” Melnyk told CTV Ottawa during his media tour last week. “At the end of the day, he gets all the credit if we’re successful and he has to wear it if we’re not successful. “He works day and night to put together a plan that will make us succeed.” The next three weeks are going to play a pivotal role in shaping what takes place during the off-season for the franchise and Dorion returned from scouting meetings in Fort Lauderdale last month with “multiple plans” in place depending on where the Senators sit. Sitting well out of a playoff spot, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. The biggest question facing Dorion is simple: Does he rebuild, or does he retool? Sitting 14 points out of the final wildcard spot in the East after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Sunday, the Senators will face some tough decisions because Dorion has been doing a lot of talking with several teams calling to see exactly what he wants for key players. Dorion and his staff are trying to determine the best course of action to take. The Senators shouldn’t over-react to having a bad season and tear it apart just for the sake of making changes. With the club less than a year removed from a trip the East final, that might prove hasty.
Will the Senators rebuild or retool? We'll soon know
Ottawa Citizen | Feb 6