Player News - Senators

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The upcoming World Cup has forced Erik Karlsson to change things up when it comes to his off-season workouts.

The World Cup will force players to play competitive games sooner than they're used to, so the off-season preparation of every player participating will change. "It definitely changes things up and it’s nice when you change sometimes," said Karlsson. "It has been a good summer and it feels good right now. And for the guys going to the World Cup, they’re going to be a step ahead of the guys going to (NHL) training camps." Karlsson will represent Sweden in the tournament.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 24 - 10:10 AM

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed Cody Ceci to a two-year, $5.6 million contract.

The deal comes with an annual average value of $2.8 million. Ceci will make $2.25 million in the first year and $3.35 million in the second year. The 22-year-old scored 10 goals and 26 points in 75 games last season. After the NHL season, Ceci joined Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship where he scored a goal, six points and a plus-8 rating in 10 games.
Aug 23 - 2:50 PM

Updating a previous item, the Ottawa Senators signed Logan Brown to an entry-level contract.

The Senators made the signing official on Friday morning. The 18-year-old will attend his first pro training camp next month. Brown was Ottawa's first round pick, 11th overall, in last June's entry draft. He scored 21 goals and 74 points in 59 games with the Windsor Spitfires last season. Brown will likely spend at least one more year in junior.
Aug 19 - 11:42 AM

The Ottawa Senators are close to signing first round pick Logan Brown.

The Sens selected Brown with the 11th overall pick in last June's NHL Entry Draft. The plan is for the 6-foot-6 center to sign his entry-level contract prior to joining the team for training camp in September. Brown scored 21 goals and 74 points in 59 games with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires last season. He'll likely spend next season back in the OHL.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 19 - 11:19 AM

The Ottawa Senators are still interested in playing a game on Parliament Hill.

The Senators will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2017 and the plan all along has been to play an outdoor game on Parliament Hill. Unfortunately, the plan hasn't developed as quickly as the organization would have hoped. "It’s being worked on at all levels," owner Eugene Melnyk said. "We’re still having discussions." It sounds like there's still a lot that needs to be done before a potential outdoor game takes place. If for some reason a game on Parliament Hill doesn't work out, the Sens may play an outdoor game at TD Place football stadium instead.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 18 - 11:41 AM

Daniel Alfredsson is "honored and humbled" to see that the Ottawa Senators will retire his number this season.

The Sens made the announcement during a news conference on Tuesday."I’m extremely humbled," Alfredsson said. "It sounds really good when Mr. Melnyk and (master of ceremonies) Gord (Wilson) talk about what I achieved with all the goals and points ... I played for a long time so you have to get old to do that. Nothing would have been possible without the teammates, the coaches, the staff, family and (his) parents from an early stage. That’s what came to mind when I was told I was going to get this honor." The 43-year-old scored 429 goals and 1108 points (both are franchise records) while playing for the Sens. The ceremony will take place before a game against the Red Wings on December 29th.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 17 - 9:23 AM

The Ottawa Senators announced that they'll be retiring Daniel Alfredsson's number 11 this season.

The ceremony will take place before Ottawa's home game against Detroit on Dec. 29. Alfredsson scored a franchise-best 429 goals and 1108 points during his time with the Senators. He served as team captain from 1999-2000 to 2012-13. Daniel is an iconic figure in the history of our franchise. We are very excited to announce that the Senators Player Honouring Committee has unanimously decided that as we embark on the Ottawa Senators 25th season in the NHL, this would be the perfect time to have Daniel’s number 11 raised to the rafters of Canadian Tire Centre," said Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk. "Daniel has consistently demonstrated class and excellence throughout his NHL career so it is only fitting his jersey number be retired to hang alongside the number 8 of legendary Frank Finnigan."
Aug 16 - 3:26 PM

The Ottawa Senators will make "a significant hockey announcement" on Tuesday afternoon.

A press conference with owner Eugene Melnyck, Bryan Murray and general manager Pierre Dorion will all be in attendance. It's unclear what the announcement will be, but some believe it could be about an outdoor game in Ottawa in 2017 or that the team has secured some land to build a new downtown arena. We'll have more details as the story unfolds.
Aug 15 - 7:02 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was disappointed with the team's penalty killing last season.

The Sens had the second-worst penalty killing in the NHL last year at 75.8 percent. Only the Calgary Flames were worse (75.5). "I felt our penalty killing was not at the level it should have been last year," said Dorion. "Now, that’s coaching, but it’s also personnel. Adding a guy like Chris Kelly, who is a tremendous penalty killer and who can take draws, is something else we needed to do."
Aug 15 - 10:33 AM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion is confident that the Senators will be a playoff team.

"I don't want to make any brash statements. For us, I think if we play with the structure Guy [Boucher] is going to bring. I'm very positive with the coaches we hired — both Guy and the coaching staff with Marc Crawford, Rob Cookson, Martin Raymond, Pierre Groulx and Kris Young — I feel really confident they're going to do a good job," said Dorion. "You look at the personnel, the coaching and the improvement of the 20 guys we're going to put on the ice from where we finished last year to where we are now and I really feel this is a playoff team." Ottawa did not live up to expectations last year and the club is aiming high again in 2016-17.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 14 - 8:01 PM

Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman may be Ottawa's third defense pairing going into the season.

If that is the case then Senators GM Pierre Dorion is "comfortable with that." Dorion said he would like to add some depth in case of injuries, but he feels that Michael Kostka or Fredrik Claesson is capable of filling in as well.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 14 - 3:56 PM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion will be glad to have Clarke MacArthur back in the lineup this coming season.

"He's the piece we missed the most last year," Dorion said. "We missed his on-ice presence, we missed his off-ice presence. Having a healthy Clarke MacArthur from Day 1 — who could have played last year he had clearance from the doctors —will be a big thing for us." He missed most of the 2015-16 campaign because of post-concussion syndrome, but he is healthy going into camp. Dorion believes MacArthur's presence in the lineup will help solidify the top-six forward group.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 14 - 3:53 PM

Derick Brassard is looking forward to playing for his hometown team in 2016-17.

"I like that," said Brassard, who was born in Hull which is now called Gatineau. "I'm a player that plays with a lot of emotions and I've played in some big games in the last three years and I've always really enjoyed that. Just the fact I'm going to play in front of my friends and my family it's going to give me another edge to my game. I think I'm in the prime of my career right now and I think that's one of the reasons they went to get me. I'm just looking forward to playing my game. I'm not going to change anything but I want to show everyone they made a good choice (acquiring him)." The Senators were looking for a left-handed center and the team loves his playmaking skills.
Aug 12 - 6:45 PM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion believes a contract will be worked out with Cody Ceci in next few weeks.

The Senators and Ceci have been discussing two- and six-year deals. The restricted free agent defender had 10 goals and 26 points in 75 matches last season.
Aug 12 - 10:25 AM

Matt Puempel thinks he has a chance to be a full-time NHLer in 2016-17.

He feels more confident going into training camp and wants to play his style rather playing it safe like he did last campaign. "It's a huge fresh start," Puempel said. "It's a new GM, even though Pierre was there before (as assistant GM), new coaches — everything's new, so there's a new mentality. I had a good relationship with Dave but obviously with the new coaching staff, it's exciting. It's a positive energy feel in Ottawa. I was up there for a couple weeks in the summer and I think the whole city is excited, as are all the guys, too." Puempel had two goals and one assist in 26 games with Ottawa last season, while averaging 11:20 of ice time per match.
Aug 11 - 5:33 PM


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