Player News - Senators

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The Ottawa Senators have selected defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker with the 26th pick of the 2018 Entry Draft.

The Senators traded down from 22nd and picked up a second round pick from the Rangers as they loved Bernard-Docker and figured he would still be around four picks later. He was projected to go late in the second round so the Senators must really love the defenseman from the Alberta Junior League. He was the top defenseman in the league and had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 games. He has huge offensive upside but the competition this season was not top-notch and he really was not a consideration for Canada in international competition. The skilled puck handler is a high-risk, high-reward pick for the Senators.
Jun 22 - 10:27 PM

The Ottawa Senators have chosen Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Tkachuk plays a similar style to his father (Keith) and older brother (Matthew).  He can get under the skin of the opposition, while serving contributing offensively as a power forward.  Tkachuk plays a strong 200-foot game, protects the puck well and has the hands to finish off his opportunities.  He produced eight goals and 31 points in 40 games during his freshman season with Boston University in 2017-18.  Tkachuk was also an impact player for the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship with three goals and nine points in seven outings.  He could be in the college ranks next season depending on what team drafts him and what they have planned for him. Tkachuk hasn't decided if he'll turn pro, but if he does then he'll have a chance to crack Ottawa's roster out of training camp.
Jun 22 - 8:10 PM

Craig Anderson has reportedly requested that the Ottawa Senators trade him.

That might be difficult as Anderson is starting a two-year, $9.5 million contract. He's 37-years-old and coming off a campaign where he posted a 3.32 GAA and .898 save percentage, so there's probably not much of a market for him. Still, it's understandable that he'd want to be moved given that he's in the twilight of his career and the Senators are beginning a rebuilding process.
Jun 22 - 12:39 PM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion will "most likely" hold on to the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sens are in a difficult situation thanks to the Matt Duchene trade they made with Colorado last year. Either they give up the fourth overall pick in 2018 and keep their top selection in 2019, or they keep their first-rounder this year and give up their first next year. Dorion added that he expects the Sens to be improved next year, so it sounds like he's going to roll the dice. But if Ottawa ends up losing Erik Karlsson, they could be one of the worst teams in the league in 2018-19. Giving away a top pick in next year's draft would be devastating for the franchise.
Jun 21 - 3:46 PM

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

Brady Tkachuk moved into the No. 3 slot on TSN's Final Draft Rankings.

However, there is some uncertainty there with Filip Zadina at No. 4 on the list. Both players shined at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Tkachuk moved ahead of Zadina because only one of 10 scouts had him outside the top five, while five of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN ranked Zadina outside their top five.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 6:18 PM

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


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