Sen­a­tors’ Stone pre­pared for any changes ahead

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - BRUCE GAR­RIOCH bgar­rioch@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/sun­gar­rioch

Mark Stone is ready for what­ever hap­pens next with the Sen­a­tors.

Re­tool? Re­build? Ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity is on the ta­ble right now and the Sen­a­tors winger noted Mon­day other teams have done that with re­sound­ing re­sults.

“If you look at the bet­ter teams in the league, the teams that have drafted well and have uti­lized their young guys well, are the teams that are mak­ing the big­gest strides this year,” said Stone, a re­stricted free agent on July 1.

“You look at Bos­ton, you look at Toronto, and they im­ple­mented high end, young tal­ent and it’s been a huge ben­e­fit for their team. They still have a core group of play­ers that main­tain the room, main­tain ac­count­abil­ity and that’s some­thing I’m go­ing to look to do as I be­come an older, more ex­pe­ri­enced player.

“I’m go­ing to try my best to hold guys ac­count­able, and hold my­self ac­count­able, as this group moves for­ward.”

Stone said he isn’t sure how much change this team will go through.

“It’s not up to make those de­ci­sions and that’s why man­age­ment (does),” said Stone. “At the end of the day, we haven’t per­formed the way we were ex­pected so you have to ex­pect changes will be made.

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