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Andrew Hammond is honored to be nominated for the Masterton Trophy.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as a finalist," said Hammond Thursday. "It's great that my story has reached so many people, my hope is that my story will reach another young athlete that has thought about giving up." He also touched on his future and said he would like to stay with the Ottawa Senators. Hammond is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and GM Bryan Murray stated that the team will make him a contract offer.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 1 - 9:05 AM

Luke Richardson is believed to be among the candidates for the Buffalo Sabres head coaching job.

Richardson played 20 full seasons as a defenseman for several teams including Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia, and Ottawa - whom he's spent the last three seasons as the head coach for their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Richardson may have the inside track on veteran options like Todd McLellan and Mike Babcock because he was hired by Tim Murray to coach Binghamton back when Murray was Ottawa's assistant GM.
Apr 30 - 8:38 PM

Andrew Hammond has been nominated as a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

As an undrafted 27 year old rookie who had already posted a 7-13-2 record with a .898 save percentage and a 3.51 GAA in 25 games with AHL Binghamton, Hammond made his NHL debut on Feb. 18th and helped lead the Ottawa Senators to an improbable playoff berth. As the seventh seed, no less. Hammond would go on to post a 20-1-2 record in 23 decisions with three shutouts and 18 Quality Starts. Hammond also posted a .941 save percentage and a 1.79 GAA. Oh, plus he earned a lifetime pass at all Ottawa-based McDonald's as well.
Apr 30 - 8:08 PM

Andrew Hammond will get an offer from the Senators.

"We have two goaltenders signed right now (Anderson and Lehner) and Hammond is an unrestricted free agent," GM Bryan Murray said Wednesday. "We will make an offer to (Hammond) and we'll see if he's interested and willing to accept what we have for him. If that happens, if he does (sign), then obviously, there will be a change with one of the other two guys." There could be a summer trade if that scenario arises, but Robin Lehner's concussion might complicate a potential move.
Apr 30 - 11:57 AM

Erik Condra can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer and he may not be back with the Senators.

"There are a lot of guys here who are signed," he said. "I talked to Bryan (Murray, Senators general manager). He said he would get in touch with my agent. I'm proud of my game in the second half of the season. Even in the playoffs, I showed my value to a team that wants to make a run. I hope it's here, but we'll see what happens." Condra had 23 points in 68 games this past season, while forming a solid third line with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Curtis Lazar.
Apr 29 - 11:32 AM

Robin Lehner is still experiencing symptoms after suffering a concussion on Feb. 16.

He was hurt when teammate Clarke MacArthur collided with him and hasn't made much progress. Lehner can't ride a stationary bike with experiencing headaches, so he's been told to shut it down for now.
Apr 29 - 11:25 AM

Erik Karlsson won't play for Sweden at the World Championship because of a back issue.

He had muscle damage in his back, which required injections. It sounds like he's not participating in the tournament just to get some rest following the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 11:17 AM

Patrick Wiercioch will represent Canada at the World Championship.

"I'm thrilled. Anytime you get a chance to represent your country, it's pretty special," he said. "I never had the privilege of donning that jersey yet, so I'm really looking forward to the opportunity." He notched two goals and two assists during Ottawa's first-round loss to Montreal. During the regular season, Wiercioch produced 13 points in 56 games.
Apr 29 - 11:10 AM

Mika Zibanejad will not join Team Sweden for the World Hockey Championship in May due to a bruised kneecap. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

Zibanejad's production has steadily grown over his first three seasons in the NHL. The 22 year old forward has gone from seven goals and 20 points over 42 games during the truncated 2012-13 season, to 20 goals and 46 points over 80 games this past season. Zibanejad now has 43 goals and 100 points in 200 career NHL games, with eight points in 16 playoff games to boot.
Apr 28 - 6:19 PM

Unfortunately for Team Sweden, 2014-15 Norris Trophy finalist Erik Karlsson will not be loaning his services for the World Hockey Championship in May.

As for why Karlsson, who led all NHL defenders with 66 points across all 82 games, is not playing, all that was revealed was simply that he is injured. If one was to infer further, the fact that no surgeries have been announced for him this summer suggests he merely needs time to rest and recover. So breath easy, Senators faithful.
Apr 28 - 6:12 PM

Although he hasn't had any talks with the Ottawa Senators yet, Andrew Hammond would like to re-sign with the team.

Hammond is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. After posting a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 games in 2014-15, there should be some interest in his services, but Ottawa might not be a good fit for him. The Senators already have Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract so unless Hammond is willing to sign another two-way deal and start the season back in the AHL, it's hard to envision him and the Senators seeing eye-to-eye.
Apr 28 - 1:15 PM

Chris Phillips (back surgery) should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Phillips had the operation on April 21, but he's expected to be fine in four-to-six weeks. That gives him plenty of time to get ready for training camp. He had three points in 36 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 28 - 1:12 PM

Erik Karlsson has been nominated for the Norris Trophy.

He led all blueliners with 21 goals and 66 points in 82 games this past season. Karlsson did plenty of damage on the power play, where he amassed 30 of his points. He also registered a whopping 292 shots, which ranked him fourth in the league. Karlsson finished with a plus-7 rating and he averaged 27:15 of ice time per match. He won the award in 2011-12.
Apr 27 - 6:49 PM

Andrew Hammond can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

The 27-year-old rookie compiled a 20-1-2 record along with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage to help the Senators qualify for the playoffs. He incredible run as the team's starter could earn him an extension, but the team already has Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract. There is speculation that Ottawa may look to trade a goaltender.
Apr 27 - 4:07 PM

The Ottawa Senators were eliminated from the postseason after they dropped a 2-0 decision to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

The Senators were the better team in this contest, but they were unable to solve Carey Price. Ottawa appeared to score when Carey Price fumbled a puck that Jean-Gabriel Pageau put into the net, but the referee blew the whistle too quickly. Clarke MacArthur was one of Ottawa's more dangerous forwards on Sunday. He finished the night with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, five shots on goal and seven hits in 20:39 of ice time. The Senators and their fans should be proud of what they were able to accomplish in the second half of the season and the playoffs.
Apr 26 - 9:24 PM

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