Player News - Senators

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The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan thinks the Senators should sign Marc Methot to an extension and name him captain.

Methot is already recognized as a leader on the team and has plenty of other intangibles that would make him a good choice to wear the "C." He can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but the Senators would prefer to keep him around and he's open to staying. "I do love being an Ottawa Senator, because I grew up here watching the team," he said. "It's an honor to be able to play in your home city. It's a privilege." However, he admitted that the prospect of testing free agency is intriguing because he's never experienced it before.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 22 - 11:35 AM

Clarke MacArthur said receiving the security of a five-year deal won't change the way he approaches the game.

"Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game," said MacArthur, who will carry a $4.65 million cap hit when the 2015-16 season begins. "I want to play good in both ends. I feel like if we work hard in our own end, if we check hard, the offensive opportunities just come. Playing with offensive players, things are going to happen. It's more about defending." He enjoyed playing alongside Kyle Turris last year and the duo will probably be together again this campaign.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 21 - 10:33 AM

The Ottawa Senators have been negotiating with Bobby Ryan since July 1, GM Bryan Murray isn't sure if a deal will be reached before training camp.

It's believed Ryan wants to wait to see what type of salaries his peers are getting and of course he would garner plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agency next summer. This could be a situation that drags, but Murray is optimistic that a deal can be worked out.
Aug 20 - 11:30 AM

Mika Zibanejad could end up playing on the wing or at center this season.

Ottawa likes the versatility that David Legwand brings to their lineup and his play will largely impact where Zibanejad lines up. Zibanejad may skate at center on the second or third line or he may be on one of those combinations as a winger. "A lot of them [centers] can move to the wing," coach Paul MacLean said. "The only one of them that probably couldn't move to the wing would be Kyle. Everyone else has the ability to play on the wing as well. If that's the case, that makes us a bigger and deeper team."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 19 - 6:03 PM

Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.

He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 19 - 4:41 PM

Erik Karlsson wouldn't be offended if he didn't get Ottawa's captaincy.

"Whether it's me or somebody else, it's good for the organization," he said. "Whoever gets that is going to do a great job. We're a tight group. Everyone on the team has shown they want to take responsibility. I'm a big part of that and I want to be." The 24-year-old defenseman led the Senators in scoring last season, but there's some concern if he's ready to take on a leadership role. Karlsson said he feels fresh this season and he's excited to get back to the level he was at before his Achilles injury.
Aug 19 - 10:11 AM

Mark Borowiecki is anxious to prove he belongs in the NHL after signing a three-year, $3.3 million extension with the Senators on Monday.

"It gives me a bit of confidence," Borowiecki said. "It's a bit of security, but it's also a kick in the pants. It's time for me to establish myself as an NHL player." He'll earn $600,000 this year and when his new three-year deal kicks in, he will be making $1.1 million per season. Ottawa has seven defensemen on guaranteed contracts, in addition to Cody Ceci who is expected to play with the big club again.
Aug 18 - 4:40 PM

Mark Borowiecki has received a three-year extension from the Ottawa Senators worth $3.3 million.

He picked up one goal, 41 hits and 48 penalty minutes in 13 games with Ottawa last season. Borowiecki spent most of the 2013-14 campaign in the minors, where he generated eight points and 158 penalty minutes in 50 contests. His extension will kick in after the upcoming season.
Aug 18 - 2:09 PM

Jean-Gabriel Pageau doesn't see himself as a bubble player to make Ottawa's lineup in 2014-15.

"For sure I see myself in the lineup," Pageau said Thursday. "I always believe in myself and I'll always believe in myself. But I know it's going to be hard. That's basically why I'm giving a little extra every morning ... just work hard and give everything I have to make sure I do my best. If I go to camp and do my best, I'm sure they'll find a way to find a spot in the lineup for me." The Senators have Kyle Turris, David Legwand, Mika Zibanejad and Zack Smith as their projected centers. Pageau had two goals in 28 appearances with Ottawa last season, but he feels grown since then. He is better on faceoffs and he can kill penalties, which may help him make the big club. If he can't land a spot then he'll start the year in Binghamton.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 15 - 11:06 AM

Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch is hoping to make things work this season as a member of the Senators.

The offensive-minded defenseman struggled to remain in coach Paul MacLean's lineup last year, having been a healthy scratch on 29 occasions, but that hasn't prevented him from putting down roots in Ottawa. "You can worry about it, but it's not going to do much good for you," he said. "We're realistic of the business, and we kind of know what we're in for. Unless you have a no-movement clause, you're in play. That's just the way it is. You've got to see if you do get traded, it's an opportunity, another team wants you. There's just a lot of great fans here in Ottawa, and my wife and I really enjoy it here. We want to continue our stay." The rearguard's offensive abilities have never been in question, making him a potentially valuable fantasy asset if he can carve out a regular role in the lineup.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 10 - 8:18 AM

Youngster Curtis Lazar is aiming to be a member of the Ottawa Senators this season.

The 19-year-old center is taking part in Canada's nation junior evaluation camp this week and while he's excited to participate, his hope is that he won't be on Team Canada at this year's tournament. "My goal is to be with the Ottawa Senators this season," Lazar said. "But this week is a week to step back. I want to be part of that team (the Senators), but I also would be honoured if I got the chance to play here, too." Sens GM Bryan Murray has previously called Lazar "NHL ready" so he should be given every opportunity to make the team.
Aug 10 - 8:11 AM

Contract negotiations between the Senators and defenseman Marc Methot have reportedly hit a stumbling block.

The two sides have had trouble agreeing on a fair value for the blueliner, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 campaign. Methot's camp has used the contracts handed out to blueliners Brooks Orpik and Matt Carle as comparables for what they would like a new pact to look like, but Ottawa appears unwilling to make such a large commitment at this stage. The Ottawa native has expressed interest in remaining with the organization, but it's expected that he'll offer much in the way of a hometown discount to do so.
Aug 9 - 8:14 AM

Vincent Dunn has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators.

He was a fifth round pick (138th overall) in the 2013 draft by the Senators. He was traded to the Rimouski Océanic this summer after he registered 31 goals, 51 points and 156 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Gatineau Olympiques last season. Dunn also played one match with the AHL's Binghamton Senators last year.
Aug 7 - 9:25 AM

Kyle Turris doesn't think he needs to adjust his game as Ottawa's projected number one center.

"I don't think I'm going to adjust my game, maybe the preparation mentally you have to be a little stronger, outside of that I have to continue to play my game and improve my game," he said. "I think that will be alright." Turris feels lucky to have learned from Jason Spezza and he knows what to expect from handling the role in the past when Spezza was hurt. He also played between Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan last season, which served primarily as the Senators' top unit.
Aug 6 - 4:22 PM

With Robin Lehner signed to a new three-year deal, the Senators would like to get fellow netminder Craig Anderson inked to an extension as well.

Assistant GM Pierre Dorion confirmed the team's interest to get something done with Anderson when Lehner's signing was announced during a conference call. "I did talk to [Anderson's Chicago-based agent Justin Duberman] a few weeks back and said we'd like to get Robin Lehner done first and then we could talk about an extension," said Dorion. "That's something we’re going to look at in the next few weeks. We've got to look at having both of these goalies here is only a bonus for us. We have two guys who are quality NHL goalies and it worked well at the end of last year." The Senators would like the duo to form a strong tandem beyond this season, but if it doesn't work out that way then it sounds like the club is prepared to stick with Lehner. Anderson is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 season.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 5 - 10:04 AM


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