The Ottawa Senators Are Competitive, but They're Not Elite

SensChirpContributor IDecember 16, 2009

TORONTO - DECEMBER 14:  Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates away as the Ottawa Senators celebrate goal during action December 14, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Listen, it's not up to me to decide how people cheer for this hockey team.

If you want to pick apart the roster after a one-goal road loss, well then, that's your prerogative.

As a fan, you have the right to say all the negative things you like about this team.

But some fans in the Ottawa area need to step back and look at the reality of the situation. The Ottawa Senators are not an elite team. They are going to battle for every point they get this season, and when it comes down to it, they will compete for a playoff spot.

There are always going to be lulls in an 82-game schedule. The team is in a bit of slump the last 10 to 15 games, but injuries have had a lot to do with that. Getting No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire back in the next week or so will definitely help.

Perhaps it would help Sens fans to look at a hockey team other than the Ottawa Senators once in a while. In a league with so much parity, ANY team can win on any given night. That's just the reality of a salary cap NHL.

The powerhouse Washington Capitals: They have lost to the Leafs twice this year.

Defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins: Well, they have lost to the Wild and Hurricanes on home ice.

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The stacked San Jose Sharks: five straight losses.

Sens fans need to realize that in such a competitive league, there are always going to be highs and lows. As of this morning, the Senators still sit in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, a place that few analysts thought they would hold this season.

Are there problems with the roster? Sure. No team is perfect. Losing Jason Spezza hurts. Filip Kuba can elevate his game. Even the legendary Daniel Alfredsson can play better.

But folks, that's the reality of this hockey team. The Ottawa Senators are a competitive hockey team that is going to lose some games this year but hopefully win enough to find a way into the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

Deep breaths...

It's a long season...


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