Senators need more sandpaper

Matt Shumsky January 23, 2013 1

I’m not looking to squash any early season momentum, especially after two straight wins to open the season, but there’s one glaring weakness on the Ottawa Senators- they’re far too soft on the back end.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s a little early to rush to judgement but I’m telling you, if the Sens don’t fill this need now, GM Brian Murray will be forced to overpay at the trade deadline if he hopes to acquire a defenseman with some sandpaper to his game.
During the lockout, the Send D-corps was dealth a crushing blow when it was announced 6’5, 230 lbs, 21 year old defenceman Jared Cowen was lost for the season.
While it’s unlikely the Sens can replace Cowen via the trade route (without selling the farm), the team does have to address the hole.
I’m sorry but the top six pairing Ottawa has rocked the past two games won’t hold up.
Take a look at the rundown, what do you think is missing from the group?
The only defenseman of that group to drop the gloves last season in the NHL…Sergei Gonchar folks.
Sens fans don’t want to see this again
And when consider the issue of the compressed schedule, injuries are bound to occur and I don’t want to see Andre Benoit moving up the depth chart.
Add to the fact there will be more divisional games this year against foe’s like the Bruins and the Sabres- who added my favorite tough guy John Scott- and the Sens are in danger of being this year’s version of the Buffalo Sabres, talented but easy to bully.
The Sens have a bevy of quality goaltenders, perhaps we’ll see GM Murray pull the trigger on a deal for a tough rearguard.
Fire me your suggestions on twitter as to who YOU think the Sens should go out and get.
Two random thoughts from Monday night’s home opener at Scotiabank Place:
1-    Was that Usher playing after the Sens scored?  You got to be kdding me!  That cannot     be the music for Sens goals at the Bank…way to go Marketing team!
2-    Loved Paul Maclean’s double behind the bench!  I have a feeling the Sens might start     offering that guy free tickets.