Florida GM and ex-Ottawa institution Jacques Martin has stuck it to his former team by snapping up Cory Stillman with a 3 year, $10.6 million contract that Bryan Murray had no chance of matching.
That leaves a conspicuous hole on Ottawa's second line that Murray will have to replace through another free-agent but also makes his trade of Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves for Stillman and Mike Commodore look like a bust player-wise
If Murray can't get Commodore to sign on the dotted line, that trade was essentially a cap-saver deal only. But if Murray can't re-invest those savings into an offensive player, it's looking like just another disaster decision that plagued the 2007-2008 season.
Barring a miracle move, the Senators are looking like a much weaker team than their nemesis an hour and a half down the highway, the Montreal Canadiens.
EDIT: Commodore signs with Columbus for a whopping 5 years, $18.75 million. Murray was right to stay away from money and term like that for a fifth or sixth defenseman.
Unfortunately, the Senators are now sorely lacking size and toughness on the blueline. What else is new?