Senators after Konopka?
July 2, 2008
Michael Sharp found this piece of news from the Ottawa Sun hockey blog
Compared to how busy other teams were, the Senators had a very quiet July 1. One of the less glamorous deals they’re working on, however, is an attempt to sign ex-67’s captain Zenon Konopka. He’s looking for a one way contract and there may be a team that will give it to him. The Senators could do a lot worse than the former Anaheim Duck and Columbus Blue Jacket.
The knock on Konopka is still his skating, although he has made some modest improvements in that area.
What he would give the Senators is toughness, a good faceoff man/penalty killer, and plenty of character. If I were them, I’d look at moving Dean McAmmond to the wing and giving Konopka a shot at the fourth line centre’s job. In trading Brian McGrattan, Murray said he wanted a fighter that could play. Konopka can.
He could also be signed cheaply, something the Sens are looking to do with several UFAs that need to be signed.