There is no fixing a thoroughbred with a broken leg.
If the Ottawa Senators want to get better, and bring back those winning ways that saw them reach the Stanley Cup finals just two seasons ago, then they may have to make a drastic change. This involves removing the leg they have stood on for the past 12 seasons.
Yes, it may be time to part ways with their captain Daniel Alfredsson.
No, he is not the one to blame for their horrible start, but it may shake this club enough to realize it has some potential.
They can look to organizations like Toronto and Vancouver, who parted ways with their captains and have been successful thus far.
It is time for a youth movement in the capital, and with players like Mike Fisher, Shean Donovan, Chris Kelly, Dean McAmmond and Antoine Vermette not doing much of anything, Alfredsson and his point-a-game pace may be trade bait for clubs looking to make a push.
It would be tough to give up on Spezza and Heatley, whom at ages 25 and 27 are just coming into their prime, and should remain centerpieces of a possible contender once again.
You can't lay the blame on the defense or goaltending. Auld has been solid enough, posting a 5-5-3 record with a 2.12 goals against average and .925 save percentage, which is among the top in the league.
It is the lack of offense that squarely rests upon this version of the Sens that is to blame.
A mediocre 15 goals in nine games through November just isn't good enough.
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Sens fans though, with either Swedish defensemen Victor Hedman or super sniper John Tavares waiting to be picked by the last place team.
That, however, is a tough pill to swallow for fans of a team that came so close just two seasons ago.