Sunday, February 24, 2008

Senators Chasing Lapointe?

According to the Daily Herald, the Senators are trying to pry veteran forward Martin Lapointe out of Chicago with the Detroit Red Wings being their main competition. What might tip this deal Ottawa's way is that the Wings have already made an offer to Darren McCarty to add some toughness to their lineup.

Lapointe would add two more Stanley Cup rings to the Ottawa lineup but there's no guarantee that coach John Paddock would even use him. Ottawa has a similar player in Shean Donovan who regularly plays less than 5 minutes a game, along with fellow veteran Dean McAmmond.
If Ottawa is worried about their team toughness, they only have to let Brian McGrattan play more than the 44 seconds (!) that Paddock played him on Saturday. Even the much slower Georges Laraque got 6 minutes of ice time for the Penguins in the same game.

Bryan Murray might just be wasting his time adding any sort of foot soldier type to a Paddock coached team.

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