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Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (44) / 8/3/1971
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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

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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

The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Guy Boucher.

The Lightning are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 27th overall in the NHL so it is no surprise that Boucher finally got the boot, especially with rumors flying around the last few weeks. "Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done," GM Steve Yzerman said. "But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise." The Lightning play Winnipeg tonight and Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix will share the coaching duties behind the bench.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 07:10:00 AM

The Lightning are currently in a 4-11-1 funk, but coach Guy Boucher was happy with his team's effort in its 2-1 loss to Winnipeg.

The Jets had the game-winner with 4:08 remaining. "We didn’t make many mistakes tonight, and they end up in the back of our net," Boucher said. "This was very difficult for the players. We get all these chances and most of the time we will put them in. … I can’t go in the room and start blaming the players’ effort, blaming the way they played — we out-chance the opponent 15-9 and do everything we could.’’
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Tampa Bay is looking to get their power play back on track.

The Lightning have the top ranked power play on home ice and they are currently in third place going into Thursday night's games. However, they have converted just three of 27 chances over their past seven matches. The Bolts will also be in tough Thursday night against Boston's top-ranked penalty kill.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 11:52:00 AM

A topic of discussion at the next General Managers meetings in March will be a coach's challenge, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.

Lavoie, who credits a "reliable source," says the French-speaking coaches he polled would be in favor of this, which seems to only include goal-related plays. Two years ago Panthers general manager Dale Tallon put it on the table, with a few on board, but then-Leafs general manager Brian Burke convinced the rest to say no because it would prolong games. The suspect calls already this season have rekindled the the idea. "I'm in favor because there are jobs and millions of dollars at stake," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
Source: RDS.ca
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Tampa Bay entered Monday night's action tied for second in the league with 86 blocked shots.

Following Monday's games they are sixth. The Lightning have excelled on offense this season and are tied with St. Louis for tops in the NHL with 24 goals apiece, but coach Guy Boucher is happy to see his players among the leaders in blocks a little more. He said blocked shots are "the No. 1 criteria to see people paying the price to win." Defensemen Eric Brewer and Matt Carle lead the team with 11 shot blocks each.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 09:04:00 AM

The Lightning have been outscored 10-3 in the second period this year.

They allowed all four goals in their 6-4 win against the Senators in the second period. "What’s happening now is it’s the beginning of the year and every team is going to have moments when it’s not at its best," coach Guy Boucher said. "But to have entire second periods every game, it’s unacceptable. We’ve got to change that.’’
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:57:00 AM

For Lightning coach Guy Boucher, it's a good thing the lockout ended because he was starting to go crazy.

Boucher lasted until mid-December before he realized he couldn't watch any more game type, read or have the Lightning's state geek send him more data. "When you start looking at the last five years, how many wrap-around goals have been scored, why, and from which side, at that point …" Boucher said. "I'm talking to one of the guys on staff, saying, 'OK, this is ridiculous. We need the players, now .'"
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:33:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Kyle Turris
2Mika Zibanejad
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Curtis Lazar
6Scott Gomez
7Phil Varone
8Buddy Robinson
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Clarke MacArthur
3Ryan Dzingel
4Matt Puempel
5David Dziurzynski
6Nick Paul
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Chris Neil
4Alex Chiasson
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Marc Methot
4Cody Ceci
5Mark Borowiecki
6Chris Wideman
7Patrick Wiercioch
8Fredrik Claesson
9Ben Harpur
10Mike Kostka
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond