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Ottawa Senators season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 12:17 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

It was back to the drawing board for GM John Muckler after the Senators' last, gut-wrenching playoff loss to the hated Toronto Maple Leafs back in the spring of 2004. Four times since 2000, the Senators have been ousted by their provincial rivals.

The Marian Hossa deal, necessitated by the need to free up cap room next year in the hopes of locking up defensive anchors Wade Redden and Zdeno Chara, will be closely monitored during ...

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