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Barring a trade by the Ottawa Senators, Kyle Turris is the primary candidate to fill the first-line, center's job left vacant by the departure of Jason Spezza.

Two seasons ago, when Spezza was injured, Turris was 22 and forced into the top spot. When Spezza returned in 2013-14, Turris was relieved. He said he enjoyed centering the second line and not having to see the opposition's best defensive players every shift. He responded with his best NHL season -- 26 goals, 32 assists, 58 points and a plus-22 rating -- and at least part of that had to do with the extra breathing space. Now Turris is better equipped for the more prominent posting. "I definitely think I've learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when Spezz was hurt, and seeing how hard the matchup is," Turris said. "I just tried to take that mentality and put it into the role I had this past year. This upcoming year, if I'm put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it. If I get that opportunity I'll be excited about it."
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 12 - 9:58 AM

Derek Grant has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa.

That agreement makes Grant's arbitration hearing date of July 24 moot. He had two assists in 20 contests with the Senators last season.
Jul 10 - 8:15 PM

Derek Grant has been given an arbitration date of July 24.

Grant is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had two assists in 20 games with Ottawa in 2013-14.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:44 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.

Murray will start undergoing treatment immediately and his battle might require that he periodically spends some time away from the Senators. The Senators have tapped his assistant general managers, Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee, to temporarily fill the void in the event that it's ever necessary. We wish Murray the best of luck.
Jul 7 - 1:26 PM

Shane Prince has been the subject of trade rumors lately.

The Senators are still believed to be in the trade market as they try to offset the loss of Jason Spezza. Prince alone wouldn't get them an established player, but he could be used as part of a larger package. "Obviously they're trying to make a deal, and guys have to go the other way," Prince said. "I don't really think about it too much. If it happens to be me, then so be it. That's great. If not, that's also great. I'm happy to be here. There's obviously a lot of options to go the other way, it's not just me. I don't really think about it, I just control what I can control." He had 21 goals and 48 points in 69 AHL games last season.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 7 - 9:51 AM

Ben Harpur has been invited to Team Canada's world junior camp.

Harpur had 16 points and 69 penalty minutes in 67 OHL games in 2013-14. "I'm going there with the mindset I can make the team," he said. "I got invited for a reason, they obviously like the way I play. I've got to go there, nothing to lose, and just leave a good impression." The Ottawa Senators' prospect is projected to return to the OHL's Guelph Storm for the 2014-15 campaign.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 6 - 11:04 AM

The signing of David Legwand should take away some pressure from Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad.

Legwand believes he can serve as the team's second-line center and GM Bryan Murray likes his versatility. "David is a good veteran center, a guy who skates pretty well and gets up and down the ice," Murray said in an audio statement. "He's an experienced guy who can fit in either at the top or bottom of the lineup. He has been a captain and a leader, so we know we're getting a good person." Legwand generated 14 goals and 51 points in 83 games between Nashville and Detroit last campaign.
Jul 5 - 1:25 PM

There is a chance that newly-signed center David Legwand could play alongside winger Bobby Ryan this upcoming season.

Clarke MacArthur, the Sens' other natural left winger has developed chemistry with top pivot Kyle Turris, so it seems logical that the club's other top port-sider would line up with Legwand, who is slated to be Ottawa's second-line center. Although neither is a star, the Legwand-Ryan duo could be surprisingly effective.
Jul 5 - 10:05 AM

Cody Ceci, who has 50 games of NHL experience, is far ahead of the other Senators' prospects at this week's development camp.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Ceci showed tremendous promise at points during the 2013-14 in Ottawa and should be a fixture on the Sens' blueline for years to come. We expect him to take a huge leap forward and register 35 points this upcoming campaign.
Jul 5 - 10:01 AM

The Ottawa Senators have signed David Legwand to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Legwand had 14 goals and 51 points in 83 games with Detroit and Nashville last season. He can't hope to fill the void left by Jason Spezza, but he is a solid top-two center and is actually something of a bargain at that price. He will earn $2.5 million next season and $3.5 million in 2015-16.
Jul 4 - 2:07 PM

Mark Stone wants to stand out at Ottawa's development camp.

"I feel like I need to dominate when I'm out on the ice and show I can play at the next level," said Stone. "When it comes right down to it, if people can see the things I've gone through from my first development camp to my fifth, I'm just trying to show that I've become better over time." He played alongside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur at the end of season when Bobby Ryan was injured. Stone has played 23 games with Ottawa over the past two years. He'll be looking to seize a full-time NHL spot in 2014-15.
Jul 3 - 5:59 PM

Aaron Johnson has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa.

The deal is reportedly worth $800,000 at the NHL level. Johnson generated 40 points in 76 games for the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford.
Jul 3 - 3:51 PM

The Ottawa Senators have signed David Dziurzynski to a two-year, two-way contract.

He produced 13 goals, 12 assists and 91 penalty minutes in 68 games with Binghamton of the AHL last season. Dziurzynski dressed in 12 NHL games with the Senators in 2012-13, but he didn't get any time with the big club this past campaign.
Jul 3 - 2:38 PM

Alex Chiasson is looking forward to playing in Ottawa.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity that's coming to me," he said after being acquired from Dallas in the Jason Spezza trade. "It's definitely a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to the new experience. It should be a fun year ahead." He feels ready to play for a Canadian team and heard good thing about the city of Ottawa from Antoine Vermette, who partners with Chiasson in a summer training program.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 3 - 11:26 AM

David Legwand remains a coveted commodity on the NHL unrestricted free agent market despite having not signed a deal in the initial 36-hour frenzy.

Legwand is a bulky and experienced two-way center, and although his offensive numbers are not anything to rave about, the 33 year-old veteran plays responsible defense and still notched 51 points last season. TSN’s Aaron Ward reports 8-10 teams are interested in Legwand’s services, while the Maple Leafs are scrambling to replace Dave Bolland and Jay McClement, who both signed elsewhere.
Source: Aaron Ward
Jul 2 - 8:29 PM


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