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Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes Alex Chiasson could be on the move this summer.

Chiasson was acquired in the Jason Spezza trade with Dallas back in 2014, but he's failed to make an impression since landing in Ottawa. The 25-year-old is coming off an eight goal and 14-point season in 2015-16 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt to another team. Chiasson will be a restricted free agent on July 1st. He could be an intriguing low-risk acquisition.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 29 - 10:04 AM

Erik Karlsson will be the only Ottawa Senator to play in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Karlsson, will of course skate for Sweden in the tourney that is slated to begin on September 17th. Mark Stone, a standout at the recently completed IIHF World Championships, was hoping for an invite from Canada that never came.
May 28 - 9:41 AM

Chris Phillips has formally announced his retirement.

"Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations." Phillips is the Senators' leader in games played with 1,179. Unfortunately he wasn't able to participate in 2015-16 though due to a cracked vertebrae. Although he was more of a defensive defenseman, he did score 71 goals and 288 points over the course of his career. He also served as an alternate captain for roughly a decade.
May 26 - 12:23 PM

Chris Phillips is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday.

Phillips wasn't able to play at all in 2015-16 due to a cracked vertebrae. While that's unquestionably a rough way to end, it doesn't detract from the fact that Phillips had a great career. He spent his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators and is their all-time leader in games played with 1,179. Although he wasn't an offensive defenseman, he did chip in 71 goals and 288 points along the way.
May 26 - 9:17 AM

Tom Pyatt has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Pyatt can earn $800K annually at the NHL level or $200K in the minors. He had 11 goals and 29 points in 42 Swiss league games in 2015-16. The 29-year-old is also a veteran of 245 NHL games and has recorded 27 goals and 54 points over that span. Pyatt and new Senators head coach Guy Boucher have crossed paths on more than one occasion. They were both most recently serving in the Swiss league and before that Pyatt served under Boucher in Tampa Bay and AHL Hamilton.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 25 - 9:32 AM

Mark Stone is making a case to be included in the World Cup of Hockey Tournament in September with his fine play at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Stone has scored four goals and registered 10 points in eight games and is tied for the scoring lead on Team Canada. He is also been a takeaway demon leading to many Canadian scoring chances. Stone is rounding into one of the better young players in NHL and should be relatively high on draft lists come the fall.
May 21 - 10:02 AM

According to Ottawa Sun reporter Ken Warren, the Senators are unlikely to make a big splash in the free agent market.

Warren does not believe the Sens are close enough to the Cup to warrant the signing of any of the big fish such as Steve Stamkos, Milan Lucic and David Backes. However, Warren does believe players such as Mikkel Boedker, Jiri Hudler and David Perron are in play. Ottawa clearly needs a scoring forward so keep an eye on this situation this offseason.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 21 - 9:57 AM

Mike Hoffman is very happy about the Ottawa Senators' decision to name Guy Boucher as the team's new head coach.

Hoffman and Boucher work together during their time with the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs. This is awesome," the 26-year old sniper said from his home in Kitchener. "Me and him had a good relationship in junior. We won a championship together, then kind of moved on. You never know if you’re ever going to even see him or have him coach you again, then look what happens. We’re both here, at the NHL level. I’m looking forward to having him behind the bench and leading us." Hoffman had 29 goals and 59 points in 78 games in 2015-16 and might take another step forward in 2016-17.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 20 - 10:16 AM

The Ottawa Senators reportedly aren't likely to provide Patrick Wiercioch with a qualifying offer.

Wiercioch would be a restricted free agent if Ottawa qualified him, but it seems the Senators are content to let him enter the open market. He had no goals and five assists in 52 games in 2015-16. If Ottawa did want to qualify him, the franchise would need to provide Wiercioch with an offer of $2.7 million.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 19 - 9:07 AM

New Ottawa coach Guy Boucher is expected to help the Senators' power play.

The Senators were 26th overall with the man advantage in 2015-16 and they had the worst power play on home ice in the league. "He's a power-play specialist," said former Ottawa Senators forward Cory Conacher, who played for Boucher in Tampa Bay and in Switzerland. "Our power play in Bern was at about 26 or 27 percent. He'll make sure the guys with the hardest shots - like Karlsson, Hoffman and Zibanejad - will get the opportunity to get those shots off."
May 16 - 6:06 PM

Mark Stone had two points and six shots in a 4-0 win over France in preliminary round play at the IIHF World Championship on Monday.

He notched a goal and an assist in the contest to give him seven points in six appearances. Stone missed the last five games of the regular season with a chest injury, but he was able to join Canada for the tournament.
May 16 - 4:42 PM

Mike Hoffman is expected to get a boost from the hiring of new head coach Guy Boucher.

He coached Hoffman for parts of two season in the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs from 2007-09. "The one thing I've learned about Mike is don't get fooled by his demeanour, he deeply cares, he deeply cares," Boucher said. "It's just a question of channelling it in the right direction." Hoffman was considered as a possible trade candidate in the off-season, but now it's believed the team will sign the pending restricted free agent. Boucher feels like he can get more out of Hoffman, which could be good news for his fantasy owners. He recorded 29 goals and 59 points in 78 games this past season.
May 11 - 8:27 AM

Curtis Lazar is excited by the new direction of the Ottawa Senators.

He is looking forward to working with new bench boss Guy Boucher, especially after learning Boucher plans to have open dialogues with the players to understand them better. "At times (last season), the communication between management, coaches and the players could have been better," Lazar said. "I have a lot to prove and I want to do everything I can to show that." The 21-year-old forward didn't have much of a defined role in 2015-16, while playing on different lines at different positions. Lazar is anxious to start training camp in the fall.
May 10 - 11:28 AM

Marc Crawford has been hired as an associate coach by the Ottawa Senators.

"Marc's extensive coaching experience in the National Hockey League and in Europe combined with his exceptional coaching skills makes him a coveted coaching asset for any professional hockey team," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Marc had options and he chose to be with the Ottawa Senators and that is a reflection of what he sees in the future of our hockey club. He is an incredibly well respected coach and I am very grateful that Marc's decision to return to the NHL will be with our team." He will work with new bench boss Guy Boucher after agreeing to a three-year contract.
May 9 - 4:47 PM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said that Guy Boucher was his first choice for the Senators head coaching job.

"No doubt. No. 1 from the get-go. He was the first interview I did and every other interview I did didn't come to the level of Guy," said Dorion. "To me he was the best candidate out there. What we're looking for, Guy checks all the boxes. He definitely has a great defensive structure, he knows how to coach offensive talent, he's an excellent communicator, he's well spoken. To me, a good coach knows the X's and O's but knows how to transmit the message to his players." Boucher felt like he had a good connection with Dorion throughout the process.
May 9 - 10:38 AM


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