Numbers…and more numbers

Senators defence prospect Jared Cowen said Monday that “there were a lot of numbers” surrounding the team, referring to the number of players in camp, the relative salaries of each and the possible options for Senators management.

Numbers…and more numbers
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Senators defence prospect Jared Cowen said Monday that “there were a lot of numbers” surrounding the team, referring to the number of players in camp, the relative salaries of each and the possible options for Senators management.

I have another random thought about numbers and what they mean. Trust me, it’s not as complicated as trying to figure out the number of plots, subplots and conspiracies on that rather bizarre new TV show Rubicon.

Here it is: Should Senators fans read anything into the fact that pesky, hard-working centre/winger Zack Smith was allowed to wear 15 during training camp, dropping the 45 he draped over his shoulders last season? Beyond the fact it’s Dany Heatley’s old sweater — insert joke of choice here about Heatley being replaced by a guy who always forechecks and backchecks as hard as possible — it seems like a fairly strong indication Smith figures in the Senators plans from the outset.

Guys wearing numbers in the 40’s during training camp typically have to work their way onto the roster by outshining someone else. In that same vein, Peter Regin is also sporting 13, not the 43 of a year ago when he entered training camp as an outsider looking in.

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