The Ottawa Senators have made a statement to their fans and opposition teams today, they will be active participants for this year's Stanley Cup. In a long rumoured move, the Sens acquired the services of Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals. The Caps who continue to unload star players at a record pace, expressed sadness at losing the services of Bondra, but said that he deserved a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately for Capitals fans and season ticket holders that chance will come in Ottawa.
Bondra comes at a relatively inexpensive price to the Sens, going to Washington is minor leaguer Brooks Laich and the rights to the Sens second round draft pick in the 2005 draft. He'll be yet another solid addition to an offensive lineup already deep in goal scoring ability. Look for him to be prominent on the Sens power play unit, having become a specialist at that in Washington.
More importantly the Sens have given their own players notice, that this is the year. The stage is now set, for the Sens to finally achieve the long awaited goal of a Stanley Cup championship. A few more additions may be made as the trading deadline gets closer, maybe another policeman to keep the likes of Tie Domi honest. And the goaltending debate will always be in the back of the minds of most Sens fans, with the Bondra acquisition though that may be a moot point. More goals for per game, will go a long way to countering the ones against. It will be firewagon, shoot out style hockey in the Capital for the rest of the season. If the league is worried about goal scoring this year, look no further than the Senators for an example of who you will need to fill the net.