Dave Cameron knows what the Ottawa Senators did last season was a remarkable story for a reason.
It’s just not very often that a hockey team goes 24-4-4 in its last 32 games, erasing a 14-point deficit to make the playoffs.
As such, Cameron — armed with a two-year contract extension — would, next season, like to avoid the kind of start that put the Sens in such a deep hole this past one.
“As exciting as that run was, you’re not going to be able to duplicate that under too many circumstances and we don’t want to try and be in that position,” Cameron said, per the Canadian Press. “Our start is going to be important and what goes into a start is obviously a good training camp.”
The young Sens have plenty of room to improve. If not for the goaltending they received from unlikely hero Andrew Hammond, they’d have been hard-pressed to do what they did. Puck-possession wise, they were simply average.
In a related story, with Hammond signed through 2017-18, the Sens are expected to trade one of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner.
Ottawa had the NHL’s fourth-best team save percentage (.921) in 2014-15, behind only the Canadiens (.926), Blackhawks (.925) and Rangers (.923).