The big dates are finally set on the NHL calendar, with the draft (Oct. 6-7) and free agency (Oct. 9) fast approaching.

Those few days in October, just weeks from now, are shaping up to be some of the most important in recent Senators franchise history.

This much is certain: the coming weeks will be a defining stretch in Pierre Dorion’s tenure as general manager.

Just look at how much he and his staff have to do in a short time.

Currently, the Senators only have 10 NHL rostered players under contract for the 2020-21 season. That is the fewest in the league (tied with the Buffalo Sabres), according to Cap Friendly. And only 28 standard player contracts are signed out of a possible 50, which is also among the fewest in the league.

Dorion has six restricted free agents and six unrestricted free agents to negotiate with and sign – or let walk.

Since the league hit pause on March 12, the Senators have done relatively little…





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