The Future of the Ottawa Senators

To start off, I would like to say that I am a huge hockey fan and an even bigger fan of the Ottawa Senators.

If you aren’t so much into hockey, I will give an update on the recent history of the Ottawa Senators. In 2017, the team made it to the conference finals (semi finals), playing against previous Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sens ended up going to double overtime in game 7 of the series. Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunits took a slap shot and Senators fans around the world’s hearts stopped simultaneously as the puck went into the back of the Sens net. This was a heartbreaking time for the Ottawa Senators as their “Cinderella Story” of a playoff run was finally over. The following years would include the huge losses of names that carried the team to the semi finals in 2017. From then on, Ottawa has been stuck at the bottom of the league as they started a “rebuild” of their core players, trading big names for draft picks. Ottawa began to lose fans and be looked at as the “laughing stock” of the NHL. Many people gave up on them as there wasn’t any hope for success in the upcoming years.

Finally, in the summer of 2022, the “rebuild” is over and the Sens will compete to make it into the Stanley cup playoffs once again after five long years. The team has built an impressive young core with the names of Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Josh Norris, Time Stutzle, Thomas Chabot and newly acquired, Alex Debrincat and Claude Giroux. Today is the first time the Ottawa Senators fans have been this excited for the upcoming season since the 2017 playoff run.

Ottawa Senators players on cover of magazine

As a lifelong fan, I’ve been through pain for the last five years trying to watch this team and I am finally happy to say that I believe that this team will find success this upcoming season.

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