Player News - Senators

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Bryan Murray has made it known that the 2015-16 season will be his final as GM of the Ottawa Senators.

So long as the 72 year old's health allows, Murray will transition into an advisory role after his contract expires next season. "I like the idea of being active, being somewhat important in what you do," Murray noted. "[I like the idea] of sharing some knowledge to the young people that will eventually take over here." Murray has been part of the NHL since making his debut as the head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981-82.
May 28 - 7:11 PM

Ottawa assistant GM Pierre Dorion has touched base with the agent of pending unrestricted free agent Erik Condra.

A contract offer is expected to be tabled to Condra at some point, but first Dorian said, "We just have to do some things up here as far as the number of bodies to make sure there's always a fit."
May 27 - 6:34 PM

The Ottawa Senators are entering free agency spending $7.775M in cap space between goalies Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner, and Andrew Hammond.

Fortunately for them, apparently "five or six teams have called" GM Bryan Murray about possibly acquiring Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner specifically. Teams of note that could use a veteran, proven number one goalie like Anderson, who dings the cap at $4.2M the next three seasons, San Jose, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Carolina and to a lesser extent, Buffalo. Lehner meanwhile is still recovering from his mid-season concussion, and the 24 year old to-be is still an unproven commodity.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 26 - 7:01 PM

Mark Stone admitted it was challenging to play in the postseason after he was slashed by Montreal's P.K. Subban.

"It sucks. It definitely wasn't a fun thing to play with," said Stone. "Putting a needle in my wrist to freeze it wasn't overly (enjoyable). I had to freeze it pretty much before every game and sometimes after the second (period) in order to get it to last. It was just frustrating not being able to feel parts of my wrist and parts of my fingers. It definitely didn't help my shot, but I was able to play through it." He had four assists and just nine shots in six games versus the Canadiens during Ottawa's first-round playoff exit. The Calder Trophy finalist became a key player for the Senators down the stretch and he finished with 64 points in 80 games, which was only two points behind Erik Karlsson for the club lead.
May 26 - 12:49 PM

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

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