Mike Lundin has decided to sign with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to Sports.ru’s Igor Eronko and the team’s site.
The 28-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 252 NHL games. He spent four seasons with the University of Maine before finding some success with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Things haven’t gone particularly well for him since he left Tampa Bay though. He signed with the Minnesota Wild for the 2011-12 campaign, but was limited to just 17 games due to injuries. He then suffered a broken finger and a concussion as a member of the Ottawa Senators in 2013 and ended up playing in just 11 games.
Lundin has never been a major offensive contributor at NHL level, but he is able eat up minutes and frequently blocked shots.
The Ottawa Senators’ resilient 2013 season argues that the franchise’s future is bright. Still, GM Bryan Murray has a lot of questions to answer (and probably some significant holes to fill).
Murray at least took care of one of them on Wednesday, as the Ottawa Sun reports that he parted ways with Guillaume Latendresse.
The explanation was simple enough for the oft-injured 26-year-old winger: he couldn’t get it done, although his tough luck with injuries begs a few “what if?” questions.
“If he hadn’t have gotten hurt he’d have been able to contribute here,” Murray said.
” … We knew his foot speed wasn’t going to be the reason we signed him. We thought around the net, being a front-of-the-net, goals, offensive zone type of guy and it never really got there for him.”
The report indicates that Mike Lundin and Peter Regin will be shown the door as well.
Daniel Alfredsson’s retirement is possibly the most significant change, but there are some other things to ponder.
At 39, Sergei Gonchar’s best days are behind him, so is it worth giving him the two-year contract he’s reportedly asking for? Will the team sign guys with one year left on their deals (such as Milan Michalek, Cory Conacher, Robin Lehner and Jared Cowen) to extensions?
There’s a lot to like about this team, although it could look quite different in 2013-14.
Latendresse seems upbeat about it, at least.
It was immediately apparent that Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was in a bad way following a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Brooks Orpik in Wednesday’s Game 1 match. The upper-body injury he suffered will probably keep him out in Game 2, as well, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.
Garrioch reports that the 25-year-old will be replaced by either Andre Benoit or Mike Lundin.
Here’s a side-by-side breakdown of the trio’s regular season stats, in case you want to play Senators head coach (don’t forget your imitation Paul MacLean mustache):
Gryba: 33 games played, six points, -3 rating and 20:17 minutes per game
Benoit: 33 GP, 10 points, -3 rating and 16:25 minutes per game
Lundin: 11 GP, 1 point, -2 rating and 15:30 minutes per game