Player News - Senators

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Ottawa's next priority is getting Cody Ceci signed.

The Senators announced the signing of Mike Hoffman to a four-year contract on Wednesday. GM Pierre Dorion and Ceci's agent J.P. Barry have been working on a two-year bridge deal. "With this one (Ceci) we don't have a set date," said Dorion. "The only date that matters is (the season opener) Oct. 12 and I can assure you that Cody will be playing for us on Oct. 12."
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Mike Hoffman has inked a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.

The average annual value of the deal is $5.1875 million. He will make $3.8 million next season and then earn $5.65 million in three years after that. Hoffman registered personal bests in 2015-16 in goals (29), assists (30) and points (59) in 78 matches.
Jul 27 - 10:26 AM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Martin Raymond to serve as an assistant coach under Guy Boucher.

Raymond is someone with experience serving as Boucher's assistant coach as he was in that role during their shared tenure with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since Raymond and Boucher last parted ways, Raymond has been acting as the head coach of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs for two-plus campaigns. "We’re very fortunate to add someone with Martin’s diverse skill set to complete our staff," said Boucher. "He fits our desire to add an NHL-experienced voice and augments our group to the point where we feel comfortable with the ratio with which we’ll be able to provide individual direction to players. Given his existing familiarity with my team-oriented expectations, he’s the right choice to help in the implementation and growth of a culture that is conducive to success."
Jul 23 - 1:29 PM

The Ottawa Senators have acquired Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh round pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second round selection.

The Senators are giving up a 23-year-old coming off 20-goal and 21-goal seasons, but in exchange they're getting a veteran forward who scored 27 goals and 58 points in 80 contests last season. Brassard still has three seasons left on a reasonable five-year, $25 million deal, making him a particularly good fit for a Senators team that typically doesn't spend to the cap. Brassard should play a big role with Ottawa, which will help him continue the success he's enjoyed with the Rangers in recent years.
Jul 18 - 2:08 PM

Mike Hoffman wants to stay with the Ottawa Senators for the foreseeable future.

"That’s obviously my No. 1 goal. I love Ottawa, I love the fans there," Hoffman said. "We’re a great team, great guys, so that’s obviously my first priority, to try to get something done with them." Hoffman filed for arbitration and has a hearing scheduled for August 4. That all-but guarantees that Hoffman will be with the Senators for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, but the ideal would likely be for the two sides to agree to a long-term contract prior to that date.
Jul 18 - 4:28 AM

The Ottawa Senators have signed Matt Puempel to a one-year, two-way contract.

Puempel's deal is worth $900,000 in the NHL or $75,000 in the minors. He had 17 goals and 30 points in 34 AHL contests last season. He also scored two goals and three points in 26 games with the Ottawa Senators.
Jul 16 - 9:07 PM

Mike Hoffman has received an arbitration date of August 4.

That gives Ottawa and Hoffman the maximum amount of time to settle their differences before this matter is forced upon an arbitrator. He's likely to get a significant raise from last season's $2 million salary given that he recorded 29 goals and 59 points in 78 contests.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:26 PM

Chris Kelly has signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Kelly had two goals and no assists in 11 games with the Boston Bruins last season. The reason why he played so little in 2015-16 was because he suffered a fractured femur that ended his season on Nov. 3. For Kelly, this signing represents a return to the organization that originally drafted him back in 1999. "We are excited to welcome Chris back to Ottawa," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "In our evaluation of our roster we felt that we needed to add another player with the ability to succeed in close situations and on the penalty kill. Chris will be able to contribute to both of those while adding another accomplished leader to our group. He understands the type of commitment that is necessary to play at a championship level."
Jul 7 - 5:49 PM

Fredrik Claesson has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Claesson had two assists in 16 games with Ottawa last season. He also recorded three goals and 10 points in 55 AHL contests.
Jul 7 - 12:24 PM

Ryan Dzingel has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Dzingel had three goals and nine points in 30 games with Ottawa last season. He also had 12 goals and 36 points in 44 contests at the AHL level. He can earn $750,000 in the NHL or $72,500 in the minors.
Jul 6 - 2:58 PM

The stakes are high with regards to Mike Hoffman as the possibility of an arbitrator deciding his contract looms.

Hoffman has filed for arbitration, which does suggest that one way or another he will be playing for Ottawa next season. The issue is that he'll be eligible to test the UFA market next summer and it wouldn't be surprising if he does if the two sides can't see eye-to-eye over the next few weeks. If the Senators and Hoffman can work out a long-term deal prior to his arbitration date, then the hearing will be moot. He had 29 goals and 59 points in 78 contests last season.
Jul 6 - 4:35 AM

Mike Hoffman has decided to file for salary arbitration.

Hoffman is coming off of a one-year, $2 million deal. He's in a position to get a sizable raise after scoring 29 goals and 59 points in 78 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:03 PM

Thomas Chabot failed to impress during the Senators' development camp.

"I thought Thomas should have been a bit more intense, I thought Thomas should have dominated," said Senators assistant GM Randy Lee. "I think Thomas should look at the landscape and see we’ve got six signed defencemen (to NHL contracts) … Thomas and I have talked about it." Chabot had 45 points and 79 penalty minutes in 47 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He has plenty of potential and perhaps the harsh assessment during the team's development camp will light a fire under him and lead to him coming out stronger during training camp.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 5 - 5:16 AM

Thomas Chabot could realistically stick with the Sens in 2016-17.

The 19-year-old was the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has good size (6'2, 180 pounds) and good food speed. "I’m trying here, at development camp, to improve as much as I can," said Chabot. "We have skills practice and the (off-ice) workouts, and I’m trying to make the most of out of that every day. I will go back to Quebec to train and then (Canada’s) world junior camp is coming soon. That camp is going to help me get ready and (in) game shape to come back here again (for Senators) training camp in September." Don't be surprised if Chabot gets at least a few regular season games with Ottawa at the start of the season.
Jul 3 - 10:56 AM

Colin White has decided against going pro for now.

White will go back to Boston College for a second season because he feels he needs more time to develop. "I’m going to go back to school," said White. "I loved it there. The people around me were so great. It will be good for my development for one more year. We’ll see what happens and go from there. Development wise, it will be good for me to get bigger and stronger. We all decided that it would be best for me." The 19-year-old was selected by the Senators in the first round, 21st overall, in 2015. He had 19 goals and 43 points in 37 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 3 - 10:53 AM


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