Senators GM Bryan Murray cringes when he hears his team described as “old” or “too old.”
“This is not an old hockey team,” he roared, during his state of the franchise address last week. “I hear the implications all the time. That’s bull. We’re an average aged hockey team. There are a couple of older players on every team as I look around the league.”
Average? Not exactly. According to nhlnumbers.com, the Senators are the 7th oldest team in the NHL with an average player age of 28.2 . The age of the roster as of Oct. 25 is 28.3) And, if defencemen Filip Kuba and goaltender Pascal Leclaire were healthy, the average age would leap to 29.2 making the Senators the 4th oldest team in the league.
Age is relative, of course. Rosters change almost daily, changing average ages. The entire league, though, with an average age of 27.8, is trending younger. The youngest team is the L.A. Kings at 25.5. The Detroit Red Wings are oldest at 31.
Canada’s teams ranked in age?
1. Calgary, 29.4
2. Ottawa 28.2 (older when healthy)
3. Montreal 28.0
4. Vancouver 27.9
5. Toronto 26.4
6. Edmonton 26.1
Any of these can change as players are added and deleted, but to call the Senators one of the oldest teams in the NHL is not as far off as Murray might think.