The Senators are for all intents and purposes finished.
Three games that meaning nothing left.
New Jersey Thursday. Toronto Saturday. At Pittsburgh Sunday.
Monday will likely be an off-day after back-to-back games to close the season. Garbage bag day will be Tuesday. Exit meetings will begin then. GM Bryan Murray and coach Paul MacLean will likely meet with the media Wednesday.
Then there will likely be silence until the Senators decide what steps they are going to take.
The Senators are missing the playoffs in a season they were expected to make the next step. It didn’t happen for them this year. They couldn’t get it right. They couldn’t get it steered in the right direction. Therefore they are done.
Invitations to the world championships will be sent in the next few days. It seems that Kyle Turris and Marc Methot will jump at the chance to go to Belarus. Clarke MacArthur is hot and cold.
MacLean could be on the list to coach Canada.
Nobody thought the season would end this quickly. Missing the playoffs in September didn’t seem possible. By December it started to look worse. Around the Olympic break there was a sense of optimism. After that, it all fell apart.
So three games left. That’s it. That’s all.