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Mathieu Joseph tops the Senators’ class in one category
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Prior to the launch of the 2023-24 calendar, Pierre Dorion, then general manager of the Ottawa Senators, was doing everything in his power to send Mathieu Joseph elsewhere.

Dorion’s objective was to create space under the salary cap in order to insert Shane Pinto, who was waiting (with bets) for a contract extension. Pinto was eventually suspended for 41 games for illegal betting at the end of October…

Dorion, who is no longer in office, was therefore given a reprieve. In fact, Joseph’s campaign got off to a flying start… and that flying start continues today.

While things are running smoothly in Ottawa, Steve Staios is interim general manager, 71-year-old Jacques Martin is back behind the Sens bench and Brady Tkachuk is performing below expectations in terms of points, Joseph is still playing a primary role within the group.

At the start of the season, fans turned against him because of his $2.95 million salary, which prevented Pinto from getting a contract extension due to the Sens‘ high cap hit.

Today, this guy has 19 points in 25 games, and his plus-12 differential puts him at the top of his team in this category.

Even better, since his acquisition from Tampa Bay, he’s posted the Ontario team’s best differential with a hearty plus-25. Joseph arrives in Ottawa on March 20, 2022.

Imagine if Pierre Dorion and the Sens had paid, as the plan indicated, to get rid of him and he was rolling like that elsewhere… We can see the same result in Washington, when they tried to trade Anthony Mantha with a pick and a salary holdback. Right now, Mantha is on a 30-goal pace (10 in 27 games).

Another argument that the tide can turn suddenly.

In gusto

– Cayden Primeau will be the starting goaltender tomorrow against the Carolina Hurricanes.

– Reminder: Emil Heineman should be traded to Laval tomorrow.

– The Rocket players were all smiles.

– In the “gave it his all” category!

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