The Ottawa Senators have found a replacement for Assistant General Manager Randy Lee, who split with the team following his pending legal issues. The team has hired Peter MacTavish as his replacement, starting October 1st. MacTavish has a legal background and has worked at length with CAA Hockey, the agency led by Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry.
The Senators have had a difficult offseason to say the least, with personal problems percolating in the dressing room, legal troubles in the front office and the dark cloud of an Erik Karlsson trade that only just released its weather in the last few days. Lee’s resignation was only a small part of a summer that could potentially set the franchise back, but MacTavish will his best to right the ship. An expert in contract negotiations and structuring, he’ll be an important piece for a front office that has some big decisions to make over the next few months regarding players like Mark Stone and Matt Duchene who are both scheduled for unrestricted free agency next offseason.
It may look rough in Ottawa right now, but they do have several exciting young players just on the cusp of making an impact at the NHL level and could surprise people with a bounce back season from Craig Anderson. While it looks like they won’t compete for the playoffs in 2018-19, stranger things have happened at the professional level before.