The NHL will soon announce the Captains for the NHL All Star Game to be played in Ottawa later this month.
It should come as no surprise but Daniel Alfredsson has been selected to lead one of the teams. The other will be the Captain of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. That’s right- former Senator Zdeno Chara has been selected as to select one of the teams at this year’s game.
There was some speculation that a Leaf may get the nod but I like the decision to go with Chara. He was a fan favourite during his time here in Ottawa so it will be pretty cool to see him back here, going head to head with Alfredsson.
The draft will take place on January 26th in a televised event being held at Casino Lac-Leamy
Changing the subject a little, the trade deadline is a little over a month away and there has been plenty of speculation about what the Senators might or might not do. In an article written by Ian Mendes, Bryan Murray talked about the plans leading up to the deadline and how they might change if the Sens are still holding down a playoff spot.
Murray confirms what I’ve mentioned before- that it will largely depend on what Melnyk is willing to do. "Eugene is going to be a big part of it because we did have a plan in place," explained Murray.
The plan refers to that internal budget the organization is working with this season. The good news is recent comments by Melnyk and Murray seem to strongly indicate that the club could re-evaluate that budget if they are in a good spot towards the middle of February.