As the reborn Ottawa Senators prepare to celebrate their 20th anniversary, Bruce Garrioch picks his all-time Senators all-star team.
Former Sen, Jason York had some interesting comments on Yashin “I … truly believe that Yashin was giving it everything he had in those playoff series or everything that he felt he had. Some guys take it to a different level at playoff time and maybe he wasn’t wired that way.”
Shawn McEachern is a surprising choice for the first team, but the way Heatley left it’s hard to appreciate him.
Chara was very good when he was with the Senators, but he wasn’t as dominant as he has gone on to be with the Bruins. When Chara left as a free agent he was just starting to show that he was better than Redden. Redden played eleven seasons in Ottawa compared to Chara’s four and garnered Norris trophy votes in six of those seasons. Redden has to be on the first team, ahead of Chara.
Garrioch’s second team is:
Heatley – Fisher – Hossa
Redden – York
Martin Havlat, and Spezza deserve some consideration for the second team and Steve Duchesne, Norm Maciver, Igor Kravchuk and Volchenkov were very good on defense and probably better than Garrioch’s second team surprise (Jason York?).
It’s really hard to pick the best goaltenders in Sens history: Ron Tugnutt, Patrick Lalime, Damian Rhodes, one very good season from Ray Emery and 43 games from Dominik Hasek. How do you choose the best from that group?
Jared Crozier’s All Time Sens Team