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Five years and $20 million for Joonas Korpisalo in Ottawa

Someone will have to explain this signing to me, because quite honestly, I don’t really understand it.

The Sens, looking for a number one goaltender, signed Joonas Korpisalo to a five-year contract. He signed a pact that will pay him $20 million for the duration of the agreement…

Which is a lot. It’s a lot, especially for a guy who has never played more than 39 games in a single NHL season since his 2015-2016 debut.

Pierre Dorion is under pressure.

He absolutely must find a formation to take his club to the next level… And I find it hard to believe that it’s by making signings like this that he’ll succeed.

Joonas Korpisalo is good. But does he have the makings of a number one? Will he be able to succeed on a regular basis in Ottawa? Will he be able to play fifty games a year?

These are popular questions right now.

The Sens have a young line-up. At 29, Korpisalo fits the team’s mold and its window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.

But even then, he’ll have to perform if the Sens are to make the playoffs next year. You have to take it one step at a time, and the next step in Ottawa is right here.

And let’s not forget that the NHL’s Atlantic division is a powerful one. The Leafs, Lightning, Panthers and Sabres are likely to be good in the years to come…

And the Sens will have to work hard to beat them. It’s going to be exciting, all the same.


Let’s not forget that the Sens, who have been sold, have decided to keep DJ Smith on the job. The team better perform, though…

Because there could be some changes in Ottawa pretty soon.

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