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Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (45) / 8/3/1971

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The Ottawa Senators are still interested in playing a game on Parliament Hill.
The Senators will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017 and the plan all along has been to play an outdoor game on Parliament Hill. Unfortunately, the plan hasn't developed as quickly as the organization would have hoped. "It’s being worked on at all levels," owner Eugene Melnyk said. "We’re still having discussions." It sounds like there's still a lot that needs to be done before a potential outdoor game takes place. If for some reason a game on Parliament Hill doesn't work out, the Sens may play an outdoor game at TD Place football stadium instead. Aug 18 - 11:41 AM
Source: Ottawa Sun

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The Ottawa Senators will make "a significant hockey announcement" on Tuesday afternoon.

A press conference with owner Eugene Melnyck, Bryan Murray and general manager Pierre Dorion will all be in attendance. It's unclear what the announcement will be, but some believe it could be about an outdoor game in Ottawa in 2017 or that the team has secured some land to build a new downtown arena. We'll have more details as the story unfolds.
Aug 15 - 7:02 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was disappointed with the team's penalty killing last season.

The Sens had the second-worst penalty killing in the NHL last year at 75.8 percent. Only the Calgary Flames were worse (75.5). "I felt our penalty killing was not at the level it should have been last year," said Dorion. "Now, that’s coaching, but it’s also personnel. Adding a guy like Chris Kelly, who is a tremendous penalty killer and who can take draws, is something else we needed to do."
Aug 15 - 10:33 AM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion is confident that the Senators will be a playoff team.

"I don't want to make any brash statements. For us, I think if we play with the structure Guy [Boucher] is going to bring. I'm very positive with the coaches we hired — both Guy and the coaching staff with Marc Crawford, Rob Cookson, Martin Raymond, Pierre Groulx and Kris Young — I feel really confident they're going to do a good job," said Dorion. "You look at the personnel, the coaching and the improvement of the 20 guys we're going to put on the ice from where we finished last year to where we are now and I really feel this is a playoff team." Ottawa did not live up to expectations last year and the club is aiming high again in 2016-17.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 14 - 8:01 PM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Martin Raymond to serve as an assistant coach under Guy Boucher.

Raymond is someone with experience serving as Boucher's assistant coach as he was in that role during their shared tenure with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since Raymond and Boucher last parted ways, Raymond has been acting as the head coach of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs for two-plus campaigns. "We’re very fortunate to add someone with Martin’s diverse skill set to complete our staff," said Boucher. "He fits our desire to add an NHL-experienced voice and augments our group to the point where we feel comfortable with the ratio with which we’ll be able to provide individual direction to players. Given his existing familiarity with my team-oriented expectations, he’s the right choice to help in the implementation and growth of a culture that is conducive to success."
Jul 23 - 1:29 PM

The Senators are still looking to acquire a depth defenseman.

Well they had one they didn't want to sign in Patrick Wiercioch. Now they will be looking to alter the mix of their blueline a bit with the acquisition of perhaps a veteran rearguard who is a little more stable and likely less talented than Wiercioch. Stay tuned.
Jul 2 - 11:17 AM

Don't expect the Ottawa Senators to capture headlines in the first day of the free agent period.

"I like my team," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "If I don’t make any moves or signings (Friday) that doesn’t mean we may not sign somebody (in the next few days) or make trades later on in the summer. There will still be options to make moves." Dorion added that Ottawa shouldn't be expected to make a big bang during the free agent process. That being said, they'll certainly be looking to add complimentary pieces to their squad.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 1 - 9:42 AM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion doesn't think he will be able to move up from the No. 12 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

"There's always a possibility of moving up," Dorion said Monday. "Realistic? I think, at this point, in time every scout, chief scout, director of player personnel, is telling their GM a pick — or whatever it is — in the top 10 is so valuable. One of the upsides of missing the playoffs is you get to pick really early in the draft. If I was a gambling man, which I'm not really, I'd say we're going to end up picking 12th." Dorion is convinced the Senators will get a good player in that spot anyway and he's probably right. Ottawa could choose from players like Logan Brown, Travis Jost, Clayton Keller or Jakob Chychrun, who might be available in that range.
Jun 21 - 9:29 AM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Pierre Groulx as the team's new goalie coach.

Groulx previously worked with Senators starter Craig Anderson when they were both with the Florida Panthers. Groulx also has ties with Senators head coach Guy Boucher from when they were with the Montreal Canadiens. ‎"We continue to feel strongly about adding people with significant NHL experience to our staff and Pierre meets that want in an unconditional manner," said Boucher. "Not only is he someone with whom I enjoyed terrific success while in Hamilton, his familiarity and previous work experience with Craig Anderson is something that I’m certain will be of the utmost benefit to the organization."
Jun 17 - 9:03 AM

Rob Cookson has joined the Ottawa Senators as an assistant coach.

Cookson is coming from Switzerland's Zurich, where he also served as an assistant. Prior to that he spent 11 seasons as an assistant with the Calgary Flames. This move also reunites him with Guy Boucher and Marc Crawford, who worked together during the 2015 Spengler Cup.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 16 - 10:08 AM

Kurt Kleinendorst has been selected as AHL Binghamton's head coach.

Binghamton is a minor-league affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. Kleinendorst has served as Binghamton's bench boss before and led them to the Calder Cup in 2011. He was more recently the head coach of the AHL's Iowa Wild. "Kurt has a proven record of being able to balance both development and winning at the AHL level," said Binghamton Senators GM Randy Lee. "During his time in the organization our prospects were taught what it takes to be a good professional and how to understand their role as part of a successful team concept. We’re very excited to have him back in the organization."
Jun 8 - 12:10 PM

According to Ottawa Sun reporter Ken Warren, the Senators are unlikely to make a big splash in the free agent market.

Warren does not believe the Sens are close enough to the Cup to warrant the signing of any of the big fish such as Steve Stamkos, Milan Lucic and David Backes. However, Warren does believe players such as Mikkel Boedker, Jiri Hudler and David Perron are in play. Ottawa clearly needs a scoring forward so keep an eye on this situation this offseason.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 21 - 9:57 AM

New Ottawa coach Guy Boucher is expected to help the Senators' power play.

The Senators were 26th overall with the man advantage in 2015-16 and they had the worst power play on home ice in the league. "He's a power-play specialist," said former Ottawa Senators forward Cory Conacher, who played for Boucher in Tampa Bay and in Switzerland. "Our power play in Bern was at about 26 or 27 percent. He'll make sure the guys with the hardest shots - like Karlsson, Hoffman and Zibanejad - will get the opportunity to get those shots off."
May 16 - 6:06 PM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said that Guy Boucher was his first choice for the Senators head coaching job.

"No doubt. No. 1 from the get-go. He was the first interview I did and every other interview I did didn't come to the level of Guy," said Dorion. "To me he was the best candidate out there. What we're looking for, Guy checks all the boxes. He definitely has a great defensive structure, he knows how to coach offensive talent, he's an excellent communicator, he's well spoken. To me, a good coach knows the X's and O's but knows how to transmit the message to his players." Boucher felt like he had a good connection with Dorion throughout the process.
May 9 - 10:38 AM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Guy Boucher to be their next head coach.

Boucher becomes the 12th head coach in franchise history. The 44-year-old spent most of the last three seasons coaching in the Swiss League after spending over two years behind the Tampa Bay Lightning's bench. "Over the past three weeks, Pierre Dorion and our hockey operations staff have undertaken a thorough and comprehensive search for our next head coach. Following a detailed evaluation of all coaching candidates, there was overwhelming consensus that Guy was our top candidate," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We wanted a great coach and this process yielded our top pick. I couldn’t be happier. On behalf of the entire Senators organization, the great city of Ottawa and our fans, I want to welcome Guy, his wife Marsha and their three children, Vincent, Mila and Naomi." Boucher's deal in Ottawa is for three years.
May 8 - 1:24 PM

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3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Chris Kelly
6Curtis Lazar
7Logan Brown
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Clarke MacArthur
3Ryan Dzingel
4Nick Paul
5Matt Puempel
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Chris Neil
4Buddy Robinson
5Michael Blunden
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Marc Methot
4Cody Ceci
5Mark Borowiecki
6Chris Wideman
7Fredrik Claesson
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond