Player News - Senators

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Bobby Ryan said he hasn't experienced any concussion-related symptoms following his collisiion with teammate Kyle Turris on Sunday.

He's expected to practice on Monday morning, but he won't play in either of Monday's preseason games against the New York Islanders. "We believe it's not something that's going to keep him out (long-term)," said coach Paul MacLean.
Sep 22 - 11:35 AM

Bobby Ryan spoke to the media after having his "bell rung" during Sunday's scrimmage.

The incident occurred when Ryan collided into Kyle Turris. Ryan missed the rest of the contest and will be held out of Monday's preseason game as a precaution. "It was a broken play and Turris was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other, and I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other," said Ryan. "I just took it on the chin a little bit. It was alarming, I guess, that's the right word. They want to be very cautious with it."
Sep 21 - 6:28 PM

Bobby Ryan had his "bell rung" during Sunday's scrimmage.

Ryan isn't experiencing concussion symptoms, but won't play in Monday's preseason game as a precaution. As we mentioned before, the stakes are low right now so it's completely feasible that the Senators are simply deciding to err heavily on the side of caution. After all, they have nothing to lose by keeping Ryan out of the preseason contest. That being said, head injuries are tricky and sometimes a player's outlook will be optimistic initially, but turn sour quickly. Hopefully that won't be the case here.
Sep 21 - 3:58 PM

Bobby Ryan has suffered an undisclosed injury during Ottawa's scrimmage on Sunday.

Ryan exited the game in the second period and will be held out of the remainder of the contest as a precaution. This scrimmage means very little to Ottawa and even less to Ryan, whose position on the team isn't in question. With that in mind, it wouldn't be shocking to discover they decided to shut him down over the mildest of injuries. Unfortunately, we don't know that for a fact as Ottawa didn't specify the nature of Ryan's problem and sometimes the word precautionary gets thrown around for injuries that turn out to be significant. With that in mind, it's worth keeping an eye on this situation, even if it's too early to worry.
Sep 21 - 2:24 PM

After coming over in a trade with the Dallas Stars, Senators forward Alex Chiasson is looking forward to a fresh start in Ottawa.

"I feel like the trade can really be a big opportunity for me to bring my game to the next level," said Chiasson. The 23-year-old has been skating on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek. The line will be counted on to produce offensively this season. "I thought we made some good plays out there and you can tell those two guys are really skilled." With the right opportunity, a 50-point season isn’t out of the question for Chiasson.
Sep 21 - 9:19 AM

Cody Ceci is determined to not be sent down to the minors to start the season.

"It's no secret I'm the only one that makes sense to send down, but I've just got to make that decision really tough for them," said the 20-year old defender. "I came up (last season) and played really well, but near the end, when I started playing less, I wasn't as effective. So I need to get back to what I was doing when I first got called up." The Senators have seven defenseman on one-way contracts, while Ceci is still playing on his entry-level deal. He performed well in 49 NHL games last season, but he still needs to earn his job at training camp.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 20 - 4:26 PM

Alex Chiasson started training camp skating on the Senators' second line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek.

Not a bad place to be for sure. Chiasson got off to a tremendous start last season with the Stars but faded in the second half. If he sticks on this unit and gets the power-play time we expect he will, look for Chiasson to register approximately 45-50 points. That makes him draftable in deep pools.
Sep 20 - 11:38 AM

Marc Methot, who is involved in what are becoming nasty contract negotiations, started training camp paired with superstar Erik Karlsson.

Methot is seeking a contract extension and things have turned a bit ugly with the Sens. That said, Methot is a steadying influence on Karlsson who despite all his talent offensively still has defensive lapses. It should be interesting to see if Methot can iron out his contract issues with the Ottawa brass so he can give his undivided attention to mentoring Karlsson defensively.
Sep 20 - 11:33 AM

Marc Methot's lips are sealed when talking about his on-going contract extension negotiations.

"I'd like to think we're getting closer but other than that I can't really elaborate any more," he told Bruce Garrioch. "The way things happen is purely business. It's a negotiation. I'm just here to play hockey."
Sep 19 - 11:37 PM

"Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goaltender," head coach Paul MacLean said bluntly.

MacLean also said that, "Robin Lehner has played well enough and earned the opportunity to challenge, to play in more games." Meaning that the veteran Anderson will get the nod opening night plus some rope, but if or when he falters, the hot hand rides.
Sep 19 - 11:12 PM

The Ottawa Senators will be looking for more defensively from Erik Karlsson this season.

The offensive defender can rack up points like a forward, but he has been criticized for his work in his own end. Much of that last season was blamed on his recovery from an Achilles injury, but he feels better going into 2014-15. "It's obvious, (weak defense) was probably our main concern last year and the thing we couldn't really figure out and something we're going to try and address as soon as the season starts," Karlsson said. "We all know it, we're all professionals, we’ve been around and that's one of the things we need to improve in our game to be successful." Karlsson logs big minutes for the Senators and the team needs him to play responsibly in all zones.
Sep 18 - 10:33 AM

Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion denied a report that said the team was only $300,000 apart in negotiations with Marc Methot on a long-term contract.

He told TSN 1200 that "the information within that article is totally false and there's no other way to put it." Dorion added: "First of all, it's disappointing. I've been with the team for eight years and I don't know if I've ever been more disappointed about anything that has been written." Agent Larry Kelly stands by his numbers that they lowered their asking price to $5 million per season, while the Senators raised their offer to an average of $4.7 million per season. Dorion was troubled by the belief that the Senators don't want Methot around and he criticized Kelly for the situation. The Ottawa blueliner has one season left on his current contract and he could be traded if something can't be worked out.
Sep 17 - 6:12 PM

Bobby Ryan hinted on Wednesday that the Ottawa Senators have offered him a seven-year contract.

"If you're going to hitch your wagon to a team for seven years, it's okay to take some time to decide if it's what you want to do or not," he said. "Everything I've said and still feel is that I'd love to be here long term, but you need some assurance and you need some motivating factor, to not get it done at this early stage isn't a tragedy." The Senators have not commented on the potential offer, but GM Bryan Murray did say on Monday that the team will push to get something done sometime in October or November.
Sep 17 - 11:34 AM

Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators are reportedly at a $300,000 gap in price and while that seems manageable, the defenseman fears that it is just an excuse to not get a deal done.

"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," said a disappointed Methot on Tuesday. Methot is entering the final year of a contract that has a $3 Million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 Million salary. His agent Larry Kelly has said they were originally going for a five year deal worth $5.5 Million per but has since given a home town discount. Senators GM Bob Murray has said they would rather trade him than lose him in free agency. It seems the Senators think a lot less of the vet despite his attempts to reach an agreement in his home town. Methot is not much of a fantasy option unless you are in very deep leagues.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 16 - 11:26 PM

Matt Puempel is projected to be in the mix for a roster spot with Ottawa at training camp.

He's expected to compete with Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Shane Prince for one or two winger spots. "You can't control who other guys are and what other guys do and you can only worry about yourself," said Puempel. "If you do that within a team environment, you will have success." He amassed 30 goals, 48 points and 94 penalty minutes in 74 games with AHL Binghamton last season.
Sep 16 - 7:27 AM

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