Player News - Senators

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The Ottawa Senators reportedly plan on keeping the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

As part of the Matt Duchene trade, the Senators have to give Colorado their first round pick in 2018 or 2019. It would be surprising if the Senators did decide to give the Avalanche the 2018 fourth overall pick to fulfill that pledge, but given that they just traded Mike Hoffman and might not be done selling veteran players, there is a real chance that their 2019 selection will be even better. In that sense, holding onto the 2018 pick is a risk, but it's one they seem set to take. It is worth noting though that Ottawa can make their decision at the last minute, so Colorado might still end up getting the fourth overall pick.
Jun 20 - 1:00 PM

Trade talks involving Erik Karlsson are expected to heat up in the coming days.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion may be hard-pressed to get fair value in a potential trade involving the Senators captain. Karlsson has a 10-team no-trade list and he is entering the final year of his contract, so the next organization he joins will have to be a long-term fit. Karlsson will have plenty of interested suitors, but discussions with Vegas may be a hot topic again. He was close to heading there at the trade deadline.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 19 - 5:34 PM

Mikkel Boedker could be a fit for a top-nine spot on the Ottawa Senators in 2018-19.

Boedker may get a chance to play on the second or third line of the Senators following his acquisition from the Sharks. "Mikkel Boedker is a competitive, versatile, two-way forward who can play both wings," said Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion. "He has a track record of playing his best hockey in the most important games, including the playoffs and internationally. His skill set - in particular his speed - along with his veteran leadership fits with our vision for the team." Boedker's fantasy value is unlikely to change much as a result of the trade, but it wouldn't be a surprise if this ended up as a step down for him.
Jun 19 - 1:12 PM

Julius Bergman has been traded to the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa received Bergman, Mikkel Boedker and a sixth-round pick in 2020 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round draft choice in 2020. Bergman notched 10 goals and 20 points in 65 matches for the AHL's San Jose Barracuda last year. He also posted a minus-20 rating and 57 penalty minutes.
Jun 19 - 9:03 AM

Mikkel Boedker has been shipped to the Ottawa Senators in a four-player trade.

Ottawa also acquired Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in 2020 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round draft choice in 2020. Boedker scored 15 goals and recorded 37 points 74 games last season. He added six points in 10 playoff contests.
Jun 19 - 8:57 AM

Chris Wideman can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he would like to be back with the Ottawa Senators.

Wideman's contract situation will come after Ottawa deals with some more pressing decisions, but his agent, Craig Oster, has had discussions with Senators GM Pierre Dorion. Wideman missed the last 65 games of the season because of a torn hamstring. "I'm fully cleared and 100 percent to return to games," Wideman said. "I feel really good. I'm probably the strongest and fastest I've ever been just in terms of strength in the weight room and sprinting speed."
Jun 17 - 11:51 AM

Ottawa Senators prospect Mikael Wikstrand is reportedly staying in Sweden to play with Färjestad.

Wikstrand was Ottawa's seventh round pick back in 2012. The 24-year-old defenseman picked up five goals and 18 points in 45 SHL games this season. The Senators will need to wait at least another year before getting a look at one of their prospects.
Jun 16 - 5:06 PM

The Ottawa Senators could potentially buy out Marian Gaborik's contract.

Gaborik has three years remaining on his deal and he's owed $10.825 million in total. After being acquired from Los Angeles last season, the 36-year-old had four goals and three assists in 16 games with his new team. Buying him out would save the team $3.372 million on the cap next season, but they would have to pay him $7.22 million over the next six years. The Senators have until June 30th to decide if they want to buy him out or not.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 16 - 10:05 AM

The Ottawa Senators have suspended assistant GM Randy Lee.

Lee is facing a second-degree harassment charge and is due in court on July 6. "We have worked with authorities in Buffalo, as well as with Randy Lee's lawyer, to ensure that Randy be granted the due process to which he is entitled," Senators GM Pierre Dorion said in a statement. "Until now, the Senators had never been made aware of a complaint against Randy, whether before or during his 23-year career with the team. He must be allowed to address the allegations against him through the court system. That said, the questions that must be answered by Randy are unlikely to be addressed until his next court date - on July 6, 2018 - we believe the best way to live our values and enforce our standards of behavior is to suspend Randy Lee until the allegations against him are ruled upon by the courts." Lee's suspension will take effect immediately and also apply to his work with AHL Belleville.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 5:58 PM

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk strongly denied the rumors that he will be selling the team.

Melnyk said that he's not interested in selling them and hasn't received any worthwhile offers anyways. This is a difficult time for the Senators to say the least. They're coming off a disastrous season, Ottawa assistant GM Randy Lee is facing a second-degree harassment charge, and Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Erik Karlsson, filed application for an order of protection against the finance of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.
Jun 15 - 4:26 PM

The Ottawa Senators released a statement Tuesday evening after news broke that Melinda Karlsson filed an application for an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.

Melinda alleges that Monika Caryk led a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their unborn son and through much of the last NHL season. The Senators said the organization is "investigating this matter in co-operation with the NHL and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the safety and privacy of our players and their families."
Jun 13 - 9:35 AM

The Ottawa Senators could make Zack Smith available this summer.

The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun mentions that the Senators aren't necessarily looking to deal Smith, but teams have been checking in. The 30-year-old had five goals, 19 points and 54 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. He also has three years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $3.25 million.
Jun 12 - 7:30 PM

Ottawa assistant GM Randy Lee is due in court next week to face a harassment allegation, so he will miss at least part of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Lee pleaded not guilty to making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male shuttle bus driver on May 30. He was charged with second-degree harassment and faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail if guilty.
Jun 12 - 5:08 PM

Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.

Melinda alleges that Monika Caryk led a campaign of harassment against her family after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season. Hoffman and Caryk have denied this. "Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead," said Melinda Karlsson's sworn statement to the court. "She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should 'take out' my husband's legs to 'end his career.' "Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional." This is a troubling story and it comes during what has already been a tumultuous off-season for the Senators. It certainly adds more fuel to the fire that Karlsson could play elsewhere next year and it could partially explain why Hoffman has been mentioned in trade rumors. All of this is speculation at this time, while police conduct their investigation.
Jun 12 - 4:26 PM

Expect the Ottawa Senators to make Erik Karlsson a contract offer this summer.

The Senators can't make him an official offer until July 1st, so don't expect him to be traded before that point. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Karlsson is expected to reject that offer because the terms won't be to his liking or because he's not pleased with the direction the team is going in under this ownership group. Losing Karlsson would be a huge step back for the organization, but it sounds like that could be a real possibility if the Senators don't offer up a huge sum of money to keep him around. The 28-year-old had nine goals and 62 points in 71 games last season. When healthy, he's the best defenseman in the league.
Jun 9 - 8:22 AM


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