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Open Mic: Ottawa Senators All-Time Lineup

Chris BouthillierSenior Analyst IAugust 5, 2008

Line 1

Dany Heatley               Jason Spezza               Daniel Alfredsson 'C'

Line 2'

Marian Hossa               Alexei Yashin                 Martin Havlat

Line 3

Shawn McEachern      Antoine Vermette               Mike Fisher 'A'

Line 4

Randy Cunneyworth       Radek Bonk                     Chris Neil

 

Defense 1

Wade Redden 'A'         Zdeno Chara

Defense 2

Chris Phillips 'A'        Anton Volchenkov

Defense 3

Norm Maciver           Janne Laukannen

 

Goalie 1

Ray Emery

Goalie 2

Damian Rhodes

 

The first line is clearly the best line the Senators could ice. Heatley, Spezza, and Alfredsson have spent the last three seasons lighting the lamp in the Nation's Capital in hopes of someday leading the Sens to their first modern-day Stanley Cup.

Line No. 2 is made up of past Senators who enjoyed many successful seasons in Ottawa. All three players have speed, skill and know how to put the puck in the net.

The third line is a solid two-way line who have two natural centremen on it. McEachern played over 900 games while Vermette and Fisher are about to enter their prime. These players are known for being responsible at both ends of the ice.

The energy line is made up of two grinders and a perennial 20-goal scorer. Radek Bonk hands-down had his best years in a Senators' uniform and would compliment the hard-working effort of both Cunneyworth and Neil on the same line.

The top defensive pairing is no surprise. Redden and Chara have been seen as two of the top defenseman for the past decade. Even though the team lost both to free agency only two years apart, they will be remembered as the best two defensemen the team ever had.

The shut-down pair features the current duo of Phillips and Volchenkov. Although the original pairing was Phillips and Chara for many seasons Volchenkov has done more than his fair-share of keeping pucks out of his own end by being one of the best shot-blockers in the game.

Talk about a blast from the past. Norm Maciver played in Ottawa's first three seasons since they re-entered the league in 1992-93. He set a franchise-record for points by a defenseman in a season (63) and it has yet to be broken. Laukannen was a steady two-way defenseman who was able to provide the Sens with stability as he helped lead them to their first playoff berth in 1998.

In net we have Ray Emery, the only goalie to bring the Senators to the Cup finals. Even though we all know about his antics, there's no denying that he was arguably the most-skilled goaltender that suited up for the squad.

Damian Rhodes would compliment him as a backup. He was the first (and only) goalie to score a goal for the Senators. Rhodes always brought a great attitude to the rink and played for his teammates. He also played a big role in helping the Sens to their first playoff appearance.

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