Player News - Senators

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Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean has said Mika Zibanejad will get the opportunities to increase his ice time this season, but he will not force it if the 21 year old is not ready to play a major role.

"He is certainly someone we want to give the opportunity to take (significant) ice time," said MacLean. "(Zibanejad) is at that stage where his growth can be substantial and significant. We also have to be careful in the long-term when it's not going his way, and it's not always going to go his way, we can't keep forcing him out there. (Our depth) gives us a chance to insulate Mika when he needs it."
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 14 - 2:01 PM

One Ottawa player worth keeping an eye on the next two weeks is Curtis Lazar.

The 19-year-old has a world of talent as his 41 goals with the Calder Cup-winning Edmonton Oil Kings can attest. Lazar added about 14 pounds of muscle to his frame in the offseason to ready himself for NHL battles and has a legitimate chance to grab a third-line role with the Senators. Keep an eye on this promising young rookie.
Sep 13 - 11:35 AM

When 35-year-old Chri Neil is no longer a member of the Senators, Vincent Dunn will likely be his replacement.

Dunn has the potential to play the same type of game as Neil as he has the skating ability and toughness that have been Neil's trademarks. Dunn amassed 156 penalty minutes in 50 games with Gatineau of the QMJHL last season but he also scored 31 goals. Dunn should return to the Q for more seasoning. When he does stick at the NHL level, consider him as a reserve roster candidate.
Sep 13 - 11:30 AM

Chris Phillips would be happy to become the team captain if the position were offered to him.

"I'm capable and deserving and I want that responsibility," Phillips said. He was also considered for the captaincy last year, but it ultimately went to Jason Spezza. The former Senators captain demanded a trade and was subsequently moved to Dallas. Phillips, 36, has spent his entire 1,143-game NHL career with the Ottawa Senators.
Sep 10 - 11:18 AM

The Ottawa Senators have signed a two-year affiliation agreement with ECHL Evansville.

"Having strong affiliates is vital to building a great feeder system to the National Hockey League," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. "This agreement with Evansville provides a terrific avenue for the growth and development of our players who are working to get their shot at the National Hockey League." The Senators also renewed their affiliation with AHL Binghamton on Tuesday. The Evansville IceMen were previously affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sep 9 - 6:49 PM

The Ottawa Senators have agreed to extend their affiliation with AHL Binghamton through 2018-19.

"We've been very pleased with the development of our young players who have progressed through Binghamton over the last number of seasons," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. "Having a strong affiliate that gives our players the opportunity to learn how to be a professional and the chance to compete to win each and every night is a tremendous asset to future of our organization. We’re very pleased to know they will be our affiliate for five more seasons." Binghamton is coming off of a season where it won its division with a 44-24-3-5 record, but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Sep 9 - 1:24 PM

Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators have no plans to negotiate before the start of the season.

Ryan is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's coming off of a rough season, but it would still be another big blow to Ottawa if they end up letting Ryan walk after losing Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson in the previous two seasons.
Sep 9 - 11:23 AM

David Legwand is adjusting to playing in a hockey market and it's still just the off-season.

"It's exciting, it's something new, something different and I'm getting used to it," said Legwand, who spent the first 14 seasons of his NHL career in Nashville. "Being in Ontario, being in a hockey market, being in a hockey place is always exciting. It's something that I haven't really experienced before. It's fun." The spotlight will intensify next week when training camps open. Legwand is expected to chip in some secondary offense after signing with the Senators in the summer.
Sep 8 - 11:56 AM

No progress has been made in contract talks between the Senators and defenseman Marc Methot, as the 29 year-old seeks a big extension as he enters the final year of his deal.

Methot is currently making $3 million annually with one year remaining on his four year deal. The 6'3, 222 pound veteran is believed to be looking at an extension in the neighborhood of Brooks Orpik's five-year, $5.5 million pact with the Washington Capitals. The Senators have no problem with the term, but are hesitant to shell out that much money for the veteran. Methot's name could arise on the trading block should a deal not be made during the course of the season.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 7 - 2:57 PM

Craig Anderson reiterated that the battle for playing time in Ottawa should be helpful.

Anderson is signed through 2017-18 while Robin Lehner's contract won't expire until the summer of 2017, so the team is betting on this goaltending tandem being effective. Competition for the starting job can be good, but it can also lead to controversy, so the Senators are taking a bit of a risk with this plan.
Sep 5 - 10:07 AM

Bobby Ryan hopes that contract talks with the Senators will pick up steam now that he's back in Ottawa.

"I was looking forward to getting back here to getting more involved than I have been (in negotiations), but as far as I knew, every discussion has been amicable and there haven't been any breakdowns or anything like that," said Ryan. "Everybody is confident that we're going to start going with (serious negotiations) when everyone is in town." He also believes he's fully recovered from sports hernia surgery, but he needs to work out some kinks in informal sessions prior to training camp. Ryan is expected to be a more vocal leader for the Senators this season, with Jason Spezza gone, and he feels up to the challenge.
Sep 3 - 10:02 AM

Robin Lehner just wants a "fair chance" to earn his starts in Ottawa's crease.

"If I play good, I want to play. And if he plays good, he's going to want to play," Lehner said referring to his goalie tandem with Craig Anderson. "That's what you want on a team. You want two goalies pushing each other. If there's limited chance for one guy to play, he's not going to do as good. That's a little bit of what we wanted from our side. I think and I hope that's what's going to happen." Lehner inked a three-year, $6.75 million contract this off-season and earlier this week, Anderson agreed to a three-year, $12.6 million extension. He said that Anderson's deal didn't change his focus and it didn't upset him either.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion is confident that the team will get a deal done with Marc Methot at some point.

He said that the two sides are still talking. Methot can become an unrestricted free agent at the of the 2014-15 season. He's set to earn $3.75 million this year, but his contract has an annual average value of $3 million.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 26 - 3:21 PM

Craig Anderson thinks that having a competition with Robin Lehner will be good for the young goaltender's development and for the Ottawa Senators.

"Robin and I have gotten along very well for the last few years," Anderson said after signing his three-year contract extension. "I expect him to get better and better every year. I've seen his work habits go through the roof the last few years. It's good for the team for us to push each other, to have two good options." Even Lehner doesn't believe he should be starting regularly yet, so Anderson will probably enter the year as the Senators' number one keeper.
Aug 26 - 9:49 AM

Craig Anderson has inked a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth an average annual value of $4.2 million.

He'll earn 4.75 million for the first two years of deal and 3.1 million in the season after. Anderson could've been an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 campaign, but Ottawa wanted to keep him in the fold. Robin Lehner also received a three-year deal this summer and it will be interesting to see how they share the crease moving forward.
Aug 25 - 10:07 AM

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