Player News - Senators

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Wearing a suit is a different kind of challenge than wearing a sweater for the Ottawa Senators, as it seems Daniel Alfredsson will learn.

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch spoke with anonymous league executives who wonder if Alfredsson will put in the work to be a successful front office figure in Ottawa. We've seen examples of great players failing (Wayne Gretzky) and flourishing (Steve Yzerman), so it's all about what Alfredsson is capable of and willing to do.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 30 - 2:44 PM

Mark Stone said he has fully recovered from a wrist injury.

"I've felt great out there, the last couple of skates," he said. "The shot feels good, the hands feel good, the legs are starting to come along. I'm 100 percent." He suffered a microfracture and some ligament damage in his wrist when he was slashed in the playoffs. Stone also feels motivated to prove that he is worth the three-year, $10.5 million contract that Ottawa rewarded him with after he was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy last year. Stone was placed alongside Kyle Turris at the start of February and the duo is expected to be together this campaign on the Senators' top line.
Aug 28 - 1:50 PM

Chris Neil has trimmed down to 208 pounds.

He was previously listed at 215 pounds. Neil has been working hard to get ready for training camp after sitting most of the 2014-15 campaign. He missed plenty of time due to injury, but he was also scratched on occasion. Neil has one season left on his current contract, so this could be his final year with the Senators.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 26 - 3:28 PM

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips admits that he considered the possibility of retirement during the worst times of his recovery from back surgery.

He told the Ottawa Sun that he was worried about doing everyday things like "walking upright" and playing catch with his son. One would assume that the veteran defenseman will be pretty limited when he does play going forward.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 22 - 7:28 PM

Daniel Alfredsson is reportedly close to finalizing a role in Ottawa's hockey operations department.

It didn't look like Alfredsson left the organization on the best terms before he signed with Detroit Red Wings for the 2013-14 campaign, but the two sides were able to reconcile any differences. An official title for Alfredsson isn't known at this time. His role and addition to the team in a front-office capacity is expected to be announced by the Senators prior to the start of training camp.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 21 - 12:10 PM

Senators prospect Mikael Wikstrand will come to North America after he finishes a tournament with his Swedish team first.

The Senators have given him the green light to play for Farjestad before coming to training camp. "It's just for the case of him playing in a couple games there in a tournament just to prepare him to come to our camp," said assistant GM Randy Lee. "He's already booked his flight and he's coming over for the year." Wikstrand was the 196th overall pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is described as a mobile defender who plays a solid two-way game.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 20 - 11:26 AM

Erik Karlsson has bulked up over the summer.

"I've been able to put on weight and keep it on," Karlsson said. "I'm almost 200 pounds. Right now, I feel good, I feel probably better than (previous summers)." He admitted that the 2014-15 season took a heavy toll on his body, as Ottawa battled for a playoff spot. Karlsson averages big minutes, but he feels ready for the 2015-16 campaign. The Norris Trophy winner will be a highly-sought after defenseman in all fantasy pools.
Aug 19 - 4:04 PM

An optimistic Marc Methot is looking forward to next season after enduring through last year's injury and contract dispute.

"Last year was a bit of nightmare in terms of dealing with the injury, so it’s finally nice to be going into the season healthy, and I’m in pretty good shape right now," Methot said. "(The contract dispute) was one of the most stressful things that I’ve had to deal with during my career... it’s not easy when you worry about your future and your security and all of that ties into it. Having that comfort now is just great."
Aug 15 - 11:40 AM

Senators' assistant GM Pierre Dorion confirmed that the team won't be buying out winger Colin Greening.

Part of the reason the team won't be buying out Greening is because his contract is $10,000 under the average salary that is allowed during the buyout period. The 29-year-old had a season to forget in 2015-16. He scored just one goal in 26 games and was made a healthy scratch on most nights. The Senators are unlikely to find a trade partner for Greening's services.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 8 - 9:22 AM

Patrick Wiercioch believes he should stay in Ottawa's top-four defense group this season.

"Given the opportunity hopefully I continue to show I belong there," he said. "Cec and I had a lot of chemistry down the stretch for a fairly young D pairing." Wiercioch spent most of his 5-on-5 playing time alongside Cody Ceci last season and he had some success on the power play too.
Aug 6 - 10:49 AM

Ottawa is open to giving Mike Hoffman a long-term deal if he continues to rack up points like he did in his successful rookie campaign.

The Senators would like to see him improve his two-way game and play with more consistency, though. "Mike's play tailed off a bit in the second half (two goals in the last 16 games) and we want to see if Mike can do it again ... we have a lot of confidence and faith Mike can do that next year," said assistant GM Pierre Dorion. Hoffman was awarded a one-year, $2 million deal from arbitration.
Aug 4 - 11:16 AM

Mike Hoffman has been awarded a one-year, $2 million deal from arbitration.

That's a pretty good deal for Ottawa after Hoffman led the Senators with 27 goals last season. He posted 48 points in 79 games during his rookie campaign.
Aug 3 - 3:48 PM

The verdict on Mike Hoffman's arbitration hearing won't be known until Sunday night at the earliest.

Hoffman and the Senators had their hearing on Thursday. The young forward led Ottawa in goals last season with 27. He was asking for $3.4 million while the club was countering with $1.75 million.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 1 - 10:38 AM

Alex Chiasson expected to be more productive than he was in 2014-15.

Chiasson had 26 points in 76 games last season, down from 35 points in 79 contests in 2013-14 when he was still with the Dallas Stars. "From the season I had the year before in Dallas, I thought I was going to come in and be more explosive, a little more offensive," Chiasson says. "Obviously that didn't happen. A lot has to do with confidence. It's hard when you get opportunities and feel like you can't finish. I think it's been a good summer for me to work on my legs, work on my speed." His struggles likely literally cost him as an arbitrator assigned him a $1.2 million salary for the 2015-16 campaign after he requested $2.475 million. The arbitrator's ruling was far closer to Ottawa's counter of $1 million.
Jul 29 - 3:37 PM

Mike Hoffman has filed an arbitration request of $3.4 million.

The Ottawa Senators are countering at $1.75 million. Hoffman broke out last season with 27 goals and 48 points in 79 games. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Jul 28 - 10:49 AM


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