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Five Thoughts: Missing Out on Fiala, Trying for DeBrincat, Hockey Ops and More!

Welcome to a Canada Day edition of Five Thoughts for Friday:

On Missing Out

It’s no secret that the Ottawa Senators are in need of an injection of skill up front — the team finished 26th in scoring last year, and while they had to deal with injuries to a few key contributors, it’s difficult to look at next year’s projected roster as it currently stands and have much confidence that the necessary offensive output will be there.

So when the Los Angeles Kings won the Kevin Fiala sweepstakes on Wednesday, it came as a real disappointment: the Sens were reportedly very much in the mix, and the price that the Los Angeles Kings paid to get him was by no means prohibitive.