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Tim Stützle admits Sens don’t mourn Alex DeBrincat’s departure
Credit: Tim Stutzle collected 3 points on February 4.
This summer, Alex DeBrincat left Ottawa.

As a result, the Senators lost one of the NHL’s best snipers… And we all agree that a loss like his would have affected any NHL team.

But in Ottawa, we’re not mourning his departure. Tim Stützle was frank in an interview with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek of the 32 Thoughts Podcast: no one in Ottawa forced him to stay, even if the players would have liked it.

If you don’t want to be here, then good luck with the rest. – Tim Stützle

Stützle goes on to say that in the eyes of the group, it’s not necessarily important… Because the players know they have the talent to get to the next level.

I’m feeling a little bitter and deep down, that’s normal.

Because when you see the players come to an agreement with the Sens on the terms of a long-term contract and Brinsky has simply decided to leave…

It says a lot about how the little forward sees things.

Stützle, Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Josh Norris and Jake Sanderson, who are seen as the future of the club, have all decided to sign multi-season deals with the Sens in recent years.

They want to play for the Senators, and they want to bring a Stanley Cup to Ottawa. That’s the mentality they share… And as the German so aptly put it, there’s no point in staying if you don’t have that mentality.

Maybe it’s better for the atmosphere in the dressing room, after all.

Pierre Dorion worked hard to replace DeBrincat and managed to convince Vladimir Tarasenko to join the young group, with the obvious aim of lifting the precious trophy. But like DeBrincat…

The Russian may end up spending just one season in Ottawa, as he will become a free agent next summer. He signed a one-season contract with the Senators this summer, and his goal is to have a great season.

If he has a good season, chances are he’ll be able to land a lucrative contract next summer.


I like the confidence of the Senators’ young players. They know they have the talent to (at least) make the playoffs, and the group seems to have finally matured.

I can’t wait to see what happens. And, let’s just say I’m looking forward to DeBrincat’s return to Ottawa… Because I’m expecting him to get shaken up quite a bit in his first game against his old pals .

In a gaggle

– Is Bedard well surrounded?

– Djoko makes it to the US Open final!

– The boys from BPM Sports had some fun this afternoon.

– Not his best, I think.

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