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Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (46) / 8/3/1971

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Senators GM Pierre Dorion has declined to confirm that Guy Boucher will return in 2018-19 as the team's head coach.
Dorion doesn't plan on coming to a decision anytime soon. "A full evaluation of the coaching staff is under way right now, top to bottom," Dorion said. "There’s no real timeline. We want to give ourselves enough time to make a really thorough evaluation and no harsh decisions are going to be made right after the season. I don’t it’s for now. I don’t think it’s for the next few weeks, but at some point in time we’ll make a decision, but I don’t see it in the month of April." Boucher led the Senators to the Eastern Conference Final in his first campaign with the team. However, Ottawa collapsed this season and finished with a 28-43-11 record. Apr 12 - 5:51 PM
Source: Ottawa Sun

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Ottawa Senators president Tom Anselmi has left the team.

Anselmi took over as president just over a year ago. The Ottawa Sun suggests that this was likely a mutual parting of the ways between Anselmi and the organization. One of his primary responsibilities was to help get ticket sales going again, but that simply hasn't been the case (the Sens had empty seats during their run to the Eastern Conference Final last spring). In the end, there's a good chance that he and owner Eugene Melnyk didn't see eye-to-eye anymore. The Senators also announced that general manager Pierre Dorion received a three-year contract extension on Friday evening.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion has signed a three-year extension with Ottawa.

Dorion is now locked up through the 2021-22 season. While this season hasn't been ideal for the Senators, they did get all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, so the decision to retain their general manager isn't shocking. The Senators also announced that Tom Anselmi will not continue to serve as the team's President and CEO.
Feb 9 - 6:11 PM

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk might consider moving the Senators if things don't improve.

"It just won’t happen," Melnyk said when asked what it would take for him to sell the Senators. "It’s a franchise, so imagine if you own a McDonald’s franchise, you can move it. But it’s nuts, why would you sell it? It’s something that’s very difficult to buy." Later on, Melnyk mentioned the possibility of relocation: "If it becomes a disaster? Yes. If you start not seeing crowds showing up, yes. For now, we are on the cusp of doing okay."
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 11:11:00 AM

The Ottawa Senators will play the 10 of the next 11 on the road, with three straight starting tonight against the New York Rangers.

Fortunately for the Senators, they have a 4-0-1 record away from the Canadian Tire Centre this season. The heavy battle tonight will likely be between Mika Zibanejad vs. Derick Brassard, two players that were traded for each other a couple of seasons ago. Brassard has 15 points in 18 games, while Zibanejad has 19 in 20. Starting a road trip with a win is very important, and the Senators will be hoping the momentum from knocking the Rangers out of the second round last year will carry over tonight.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Pierre Dorion and the Ottawa Senators have gained a Canadian Olympian heading into the prime of his career in the Matt Duchene trade.

Duchene and his speedy 26-year-old legs did not come without a considerable price tag in Dorion's biggest move as Senators GM so far. Kyle Turris, two years older and seven months away being a free agent, was the centerpiece the Senators parted with from their roster. They also bid adieu to a first and third round pick, two-way college prospect Shane Bower and goaltender Andrew Hammond, who has been silent since his 2015 fairy tale run. Duchene has the potential to be a better asset than Turris long-term, but with the draft picks and prospect going the other way, the Senators are investing in Duchene's 2015 form (70 points) rather than the 41 points he managed last season.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 09:07:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators will not have any healthy scratches for their afternoon game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Their only scratches will be Mark Borowiecki (illness), and Bobby Ryan (fractured finger). The Senators will look to build momentum after beating the Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Ottawa's power play has gone for 0-for-16 through three games this season.

The Senators went 0-for-4 against Vancouver on Tuesday night. On the bright side, Ottawa has killed off all nine power play chances for the opposition. Not having Erik Karlsson quarterbacking the man advantage is the biggest reason for the team's early-season struggles.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 09:00:00 AM

Former hockey executive and coach Bryan Murray passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74.

Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 that spread into his liver and lungs. "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss." Murray coached for 18 seasons in the NHL, while amassing 620 victories, and worked as the GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks and Senators. Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 01:55:00 PM

It was not surprising that Marc Methot was left unprotected by the Senators for the expansion draft.

That was pretty much expected once Dion Phaneuf declined to waive his no-movement clause. We expect the Vegas Golden Knights to draft Methot unless the Sens can make a side deal with them prior to the expansion draft. Ottawa chose to protect the following players: Derick Brassard, Ryan Dzingel, Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Cody Ceci, Erik Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf and Craig Anderson.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Ottawa has a 0-for-29 drought on the power play going into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Senators' last power-play goal was scored by Ryan Dzingel in Game 1 against the New York Rangers in Round 2. "It's trying to do things when it's not there," coach Guy Boucher said. "That's being under pressure. We need to be more poised. It's the same as breaking out (of the defensive zone). It's nothing different. If you don't have poise on your breakouts and your zone entries, you're not going to have it on the power play."
Tue, May 23, 2017 11:36:00 AM

If past performance this playoffs means anything, the Senators should feel confident about their chances of winning Game 5 Sunday afternoon.

The Senators have played four afternoon games so far this postseason and won them all in overtime. If that isn't enough to boost their confidence, their starting goalie Craig Anderson, has some extra incentive to excel as Sunday is his 36th birthday. The last goalie to start a playoff game on his birthday was Martin Broduer, who defeated the Flyers in 2012.
Sun, May 21, 2017 09:54:00 AM

Pierre Dorion has been nominated for the NHL's GM of the Year Award.

This was Dorion's first full season as the GM of the Senators, and they've made it to the Eastern Conference Final under his watch. Ottawa finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 44-28-10 record. His best move was acquiring goaltender Mike Condon from the Penguins in late October. Edmonton's Peter Chiarelli and Nashville's David Poile are the other two nominees.
Tue, May 16, 2017 09:54:00 PM

Ottawa has played a patient style in the playoffs and they have made it work so far in the postseason, but in Game 2 against Pittsburgh they were guilty of sitting back too much.

The Senators went a span of 18:53 between the second and third period without recording a single shot on goal. Pittsburgh scored the only goal of the match during that stretch. Ottawa will have to play a more engaged game back at home in Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Tue, May 16, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Sens head coach Guy Boucher says his team is having a hard time getting shots on goal because the Rangers block so many shots.

After scoring six goals in Game 2, the Sens have managed to find the back of the net just twice in the last two games. "They do block a lot of shots," Boucher said. "You’ve got to give those guys credit. It is tough to get those pucks to the net. Much tougher than I think any opponent we’ve had all year. They’re all very dedicated and very good technically at blocking shots. Probably, I would say right now, that’s our biggest obstacle." The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Game 5 will take place in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.
Sat, May 6, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Jean-Gabriel Pageau
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Ryan Dzingel
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Tom Pyatt
6Clarke MacArthur
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Marian Gaborik
5Max McCormick
D1Erik Karlsson
2Cody Ceci
3Mark Borowiecki
4Fredrik Claesson
5Thomas Chabot
6Chris Wideman
7Ben Harpur
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon