Michelle Anderson of Eyes on Isles wrote a while ago that Ottawa senators are looking for veterans to add to their skilled youth lineup. Bailey is exactly what they’re looking for in a veteran with plenty of NHL experience and post-season success. The Senators lineup is brimming with young NHL talent, but with the exception of a few players, most of them haven’t seen what success looks like on the NHL level and in the post-season.
What makes Bailey appeal to Ottawa is his 993 NHL games and 50 points in 71 playoffs under his belt. Speaking of playoffs, the senators have missed the post-season now for five straight seasons, and GM Senator Pierre Dorian has been vocal about his desire to add a top-six winger in order to help propel them back into the watershed picture.
“We talked about our team, where we see it, and where do we see our team compared to those vying for the cup? Where will the players be able to contribute and what are their roles to help us reach for a successful team. We looked at our holes and ranked every professional player whether it was in the NHL or AHL.”
– Pierre Dorian
Ottawa doesn’t even meet the minimum salary as of now per CapFri Friendly, so they’ll have plenty of money to work with this off season. Bailey’s $5 million header would do well for Dorian, making Ottawa a perfect fit for the veteran winger.