There has been a changing of the guard in Canada’s capital. After finishing last overall in 2018-19, the Ottawa Senators head into the next phase of their rebuild with a new face behind the bench, as former Toronto assistant D.J. Smith takes over coaching duties, with several new faces in the lineup after a busy off-season.
While the focus will be on youth, with the likes of Thomas Chabot (22), Brady Tkachuk (20) and Colin White (22) playing pivotal roles, the Sens shook things up on July 1 by trading defenseman Cody Ceci to the Leafs, getting back blueliner Nikita Zaitsev and winger Connor Brown in a six-player deal.
GM Pierre Dorion has promised youth will be served, and he signed veteran UFAs Ron Hainsey and Tyler Ennis, a couple of ex-Leafs, to help guide the next generation. Dorion ...
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