Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Havlat Deal Still Kicking

The Senators kept alive a remnant from one of the worst trades in franchise history when they signed Josh Hennessy to a two-year, two way deal today.

Hennessy of course came over from San Jose via Chicago along with one year wonder Tom Preissing and the now departed Michal (who?) Barinka for Martin Havlat a couple of years ago.

For me, Hennessy was the most disappointing player in last year's training camp where he looked slow and uninterested but he managed to have a decent year in Bingo with just over 50 points. Going into last season I was convinced Hennessy was going to earn a spot on the big club way before the likes of Nick Foligno and Cody Bass.

Couldn't have been more wrong on that one.

Perhaps the saving grace for the Senators will be the pick they got in the Havlat deal. They used that to grab Patrick Wiercioch in the second round this summer and earlier this month I wrote a posting on the young lad which you can check out here. This guy is getting some high praise from the people who have seen him play.

Yet, it's still hard to believe that John Muckler let Havlat go for so little.

Anyone remember 2006? The Senators had Havlat, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Hasek, Wade Redden and the same core they had last year.

Strangely, that seems like a decade ago. How did they not win it all with that freaking lineup?

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