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PART TWO: Taking The Reigns: What To Expect From The NHL’s Newest Captains

By Skylar Peters
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Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza

Oct 4, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) skates prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘Shoes To Fill: Daniel Alfredsson

In the minds of many in Canada’s capital, Daniel Alfredsson was just as popular as the Prime Minister. 13 years as Captain of a team will garner hordes of fans, and ‘Alfie’ did just that, and was the longest-serving Captain of any team at the time of his signing. Alfredsson left the Senators via free agent signing with the Detroit Red Wings, but his legacy left behind is huge. He is the Sens’ all-time leader in Games Played, Goals, Assists, and of course, Points.

Short-Term Goals:

The Senators have consistently qualified for the playoffs for the last 15 years, only missing it twice in that span. More of the same will be expected from the Sens this year; Even with a loss of scoring touch, they have a healthy Erik Karlsson once again, and they can easily qualify for the post-season, and continue the ‘Pesky Sens’ tradition.

Long-Term Goals:

The Senators have done a great job in the past, building their future well, and making the right trades at the right times. With Head Coach Paul McLean earning a contract extension in the off-season, and GM Brian Murray sure to follow suit, the Senators can keep on the same track they have been on for a very long time, and soon make it to the Stanley Cup Final once again, hopefully with different results this time.