Well, this morning I reluctantly shaved my beard.
What a journey! After watching all 82 regular season games and then 6 very exciting playoff games I am proud of the SENS determined effort and commitment, but of course still disappointed that they couldn't go further.
The fact that the Senators managed to secure 5th place in the Eastern conference and make it to playoffs AND put up a good fight against the Stanely Cup champions, shows that they are continuing to grow and gain momentum as a franchise. They have shown themselves to be a tough team and a good team on all levels of play. However, there are a couple of changes I think need to happen or at least need to be considered over the summer to see the SENS going even further next season.
Firstly, they should consider trading Spezza as his lack of confidence and concentration in big moments have cost us dearly.
Secondly, I think they need to seriuosly consider boulstering their defensive play. As history shows, and in fact last nights game, Ottawa has the tendency of gaining leads and then not being able to defend them. I think defence needs to be a focus of managment when trading in the new year.
A highlight of this season for me was Alfie's 1000th game. He's commitment to the team epitomises the spirit in which Ottawa plays the game!! Let's keeping going SENS!!!
To the 2010-2011 season!