Player News - Senators

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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant Tuesday.

"Both the recipient and the donor are currently stable and recovering well from their operations," said Dr. Atul Humar. Melnyk was suffering end-stage liver failure due to an undisclosed disease. It's great news that he is on the mend and we wish him a speedy recovery.
May 21 - 5:28 PM

Andrew Hammond's new contract with the Ottawa Senators did not include a "no move" clause.

He said there were no job guarantees offered by the club, so there is a possibility that he could be involved in a trade. However, the preferred scenario would probably be to deal Robin Lehner to clear up Ottawa's crowded crease. Hammond was obviously excited about getting a three-year, one-way contract after he helped get the Senators into the playoffs and the team rewarded him for that.
May 21 - 11:48 AM

The Ottawa Senators have signed Andrew Hammond to a three-year, $4.05 million contract.

Hammond is being rewarded for his breakout stint with Ottawa. He led the Senators to the playoffs by posting a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 contests. He might never be able to replicate that level of success, but the Senators aren't paying him to do that. They're taking a bit of a risk by giving him a three-year deal, but the cap hit is favorable enough that it won't meaningfully hinder Ottawa even if Hammond collapses. Ottawa now has three goaltenders signed to one-way contracts including Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, so look for them to make a trade this summer.
May 20 - 10:26 AM

Great news out of Toronto General Hospital for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melynk.

It has been confirmed that Melynk has undergone successful liver transplant surgery, and that he and "the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well." A progress update will follow later in the week, as well. Here's to nothing but good health for Melynk and the anonymous donor moving forward.
May 19 - 8:53 PM

Uplifting news for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, as "more than 12 candidates have been identified and selected to go through the donor screening process at Toronto General Hospital," as he searches for a new live liver.

While Melnyk is still a ways from receiving his new live liver, this is certainly an important milestone in the search. However it's worth noting that each candidate is in a different stage of the screening process. Which means that if you're interested in potentially helping Melynk, who is blood type AB, you are encouraged by the University Health Network’s (UHN) Donor Assessment Team led by Dr. Gary Levy to complete the donor assessment forms. Please see the link below for more information.
May 16 - 6:21 PM

The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that they have received over 2,000 "calls, emails, and applications sent to the Donor Transplant Team in Toronto since Thursday afternoon," in an effort to find owner Eugene Melnyk a new liver.

Perhaps even more fortuitous for Melnyk aside from being able to broadcast to such a large potential donor base, is that he's blood type AB. Meaning he can receive a liver from anyone, which includes and is preferred, a live liver. The Donor Transplant Team is encouraging the public to continue to reach out and complete donor applications throughout the weekend at the team's official website. There is a link below.
May 15 - 7:04 PM

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was admitted to hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications and he is in need of a transplant.

The procedure would remove a portion of donor's liver so it can be transplanted into the recipient patient. Melnyk has been battling major health issues since mid-January. If you are interested in being a live liver donor then you can visit the links at the bottom of the news release. We wish Eugene all the best and hope he has a speedy recovery.
May 14 - 3:20 PM

After Ottawa landed free agent goaltender Matt O'Connor, Craig Anderson might be on the market.

If Ottawa re-signs Andrew Hammond, and that seems to be their intention, then they'll have a bit of a goaltending logjam unless they trade someone. Edmonton might have interest in Anderson as they're in the market for a starting goaltender. Anderson doesn't have a consistent history of success though, so at the end of the day the interest from the Oilers and others may be limited.
May 12 - 10:14 AM

Contract talks with Andrew Hammond will resume when Pierre Dorion returns from Prague, according to assistant GM Randy Lee.

The Senators signed college free agent Matt O'Connor over the weekend, but he's expected to play in the minors next season. If Ottawa is able to come to an agreement with Hammond then it's believed that Robin Lehner, who suffered a concussion this season, could be up for grabs via a trade.
May 11 - 3:58 PM

Matt O'Connor is expected to report to AHL Binghamton next season.

He inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Senators over the weekend that will earn him $925,000 per year plus bonuses. "Ottawa had shown a lot of interest," O'Connor said. "A lot of personnel had made trips down to Boston throughout the year, and in the regionals and NCAA tournament. I have to go someplace where I'm going to develop, and I feel Ottawa is a great place for me to develop as a goalie." O'Connor also attended a 2011 development camp with the Senators, so he is somewhat familiar with the players and organization. Ottawa feels they have added a goaltender with "a ton of upside" to their roster.
May 11 - 11:13 AM

Updating a previous item, it appears that the Ottawa Senators had their first conversation with Andrew Hammond's agent in weeks on Saturday.

It makes sense that they would chat with Hammond's reps after signing Matt O'Connor to a contract, creating a crowded crease situation heading into the offseason. Keep in mind this is a report via ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, and is (not surprisingly) unofficial.
May 9 - 6:49 PM

The Ottawa Senators haven't spoken with Andrew Hammond's agent for a couple of weeks, and even that was only a general conversation, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.

The Senators already had a crowded crease situation before Saturday, but now it's genuinely clogged with college free agent Matt O'Connor added to the mix. One cannot help but wonder if "The Hamburglar" may find himself on a different team in 2015-16.
May 9 - 4:55 PM

By adding Matt O'Connor to their mix, the Ottawa Senators have a lot of goalies to deal with (and possibly trade).

Senators GM Bryan Murray looked at it from an optimistic standpoint: this gives the team a lot of "options" heading into the offseason.
May 9 - 3:01 PM

The Ottawa Senators landed coveted college free agent goalie Matt O'Connor, according to various reports.

O'Connor finished out the year with Boston University, going 25-4-4 with a .927 save percentage. His overall college career has been impressive, as he managed a .920 mark in 2013-14. It's a two-year deal, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
May 9 - 1:11 PM

Matt O'Connor is expected to decide who he wants to sign with in the next 48 hours.

O'Connor is expected to choose between Edmonton, the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, and Vancouver Canucks. He had a 2.18 GAA and .927 save percentage in 35 NCAA contests in 2014-15. Unless he signs with Edmonton, he will probably hone his game in the minors for at least a season before getting a shot in the NHL.
May 8 - 5:40 PM

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