The Ottawa Senators are in a bind.
They lost the Stanley Cup last year, but they also have a good chance to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2007-08.
They will need to find a way to replace captain Erik Karlsson, but it is not out of the question to start looking for new leadership.
The Senators also have some question marks about goaltender Craig Anderson.
They are one of three teams with an open spot on the 40-man roster and are expected to give him an extended look this week.
With no goaltending on the roster, it is difficult to imagine Anderson starting the year on the wing.
But that is not necessarily the case, as the Senators can use him as a depth piece.
The best fit would be for him to play alongside veteran Mark Borowiecki.
Borowieski had a great season in the AHL last season, posting a 22-8-3 record and a .925 save percentage.
He also helped lead the team in wins and save percentage, and the Senators would be able to add some quality depth at the position.
With Borowycki out for the season with a knee injury, the Senators could use an upgrade at goaltender.
They have three goaltenders on the team, but the best candidates to be the starting goalie are goalie Zack Smith, who posted a .929 save percentage last season and has played a lot of games, and goaltender Craig Cudzkowski, who had a fantastic start to his career last year and has been a great possession goalie for the Sens this year.
Smith has played on a line with Borowyski for most of the season, but Cudkowski has been playing on his own for most games.
The two would probably work well together, especially if they were both injured.
There is some competition at the goalie position for the job, and it is a position that is very difficult to find in the NHL.
If the Senators are going to get a goalie, it would be very surprising if they could not find a goalie who would be more than adequate to fill the position on their roster.
It is likely that either Smith or Cudkski will be the team’s backup this season.
There are other options.
Alex Burrows has started in net for the Senators the past two seasons.
He has a great history with the team and is one of the better goaltenders in the league.
But the Sens could also look at other options in net, such as Matt Murray, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers this summer.
Murray is a strong goalie who has played with Craig Anderson on a few occasions.
Murray played well for the Oilers last season in his first NHL game, posting the save percentage of .928.
Murray could be a better fit for the team if the Sens were to go with an older goalie, and he would certainly have the advantage of experience.
The Sens could consider bringing in a veteran backup to play on their team, such a veteran goalie such as Alex Lyon, who has started all 82 games for the Calgary Flames this season, or former New York Rangers goalie Matt Murray.
He started all 20 games for Calgary last season.
Murray has had a very good season, so it is possible that the Senators should consider bringing him back to Ottawa.
If they did, he could be the player they need to fill their goaltending void.
If he is not on the current roster, they could look to add another veteran backup.
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