Player News - Senators

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The Ottawa Senators are serious about building a new arena closer to downtown Ottawa.

The Sens would like to purchase land at the Lebreton Flats that is currently owned by the National Capital Commission. The franchise wanted to build their first rink in that spot when they came into the league, but they were turned down by the NCC. "Let's have the discussion: 'What's the right spot for this team if you cast your minds eye down the road?' Fifty years from now, where should this team be? Let's have that discussion." Senators president Cyril Leeder said. It looks like the Senators could be moving out of the Canadian Tire Center soon enough.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 25 - 9:26 AM

Mike Hoffman is hoping to participate in the fastest skater competition during Saturday's skills competition.

Hoffman won the event at the Senators' skill competition this year, and at last year's AHL All-Star game. "It would be nice to go out there and try to win it," said Hoffman. "You try to win every event that you're in but skating is something that I try to do and do well. I think I could put up a good competition or good score." The rookie forward completed the drill in 13.7 seconds during last month's team skills competition.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 24 - 9:01 AM

Senators' GM Bryan Murray confirmed that Dave Cameron will be behind the team's bench next season.

Cameron was hired on December 8th, after Ottawa fired Paul MacLean. Cameron's contract was restructured when he received the promotion, and he now has two years left on his deal. He has a record of 8-7-4 since taking over as the Sens' head coach. The Senators are 10 points out of a playoff spot, but they do have two games in hand on the Bruins, who are in the last spot.
Jan 24 - 8:56 AM

TSN's Darren Dreger told Edmonton's TSN 1260 on Thursday that teams have called Ottawa to see if they could acquire goaltender Robin Lehner.

He said the Oilers might be one of them, but the Senators don't want to trade the 23-year-old netminder yet. Dreger added that he doesn't believe the team is shopping Lehner even though they don't like his inconsistent play.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 23 - 7:28 AM

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray may step down at the end of the year.

"Of course I'm going to discuss my future plans at the end of the season and evaluate how I feel, but at this point it is much too early to speculate or make any determination as to the specific timing of our succession plan," Murray said. He is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and has been going through chemotherapy treatments since last summer. According to a report, Murray could retire from his post at the end of the season and stay with the Senators in an advisory role. Right now he's focused on the rest of this season and making Ottawa a better hockey club.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 23 - 7:22 AM

Marc Methot's name has been added to the trade rumor mill by Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray, but only if Methot's not extended soon.

"If we can compromise a little bit each way we can get it done," Murray said of negotiations with Methot. "If we don’t, it will be difficult." Methot, still just 29 years old, is coming off a four year $12M deal he signed with Columbus in 2012 and has been limited to only nine games this year due to injuries. He's set to become a UFA this summer if he doesn't sign a new deal first.
Jan 22 - 10:26 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has said that he could move Chris Phillips by the March 2nd trade deadline.

"I've had a couple of calls already to see if we're going to do certain things," Murray said. Phillips was drafted first overall in the 1996 Entry Draft and is just two games shy of tying Daniel Alfredsson for most all-time in franchise history. He also ranks sixth in assists (217) and tenth in points (288).
Jan 22 - 10:18 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has put Chris Neil's name into the trade rumor mill.

"I've had a couple of calls already to see if we're going to do certain things," Murray said. Neil, who was drafted by Ottawa 161st overall in 1998, is third all-time in Senators' history in games played (885), ninth in goals (109, 90 at even-strength), and his 2265 PIMs (most all-time) is more than the next three members on the list combined. Said Murray, "Maybe one or two of our guys want to go to a contender and have a chance to win a Cup." The trade deadline is March 2nd.
Jan 22 - 10:09 PM

Bobby Ryan doesn't want to be picked last at Friday's All-Star Draft.

"I'm looking forward to it, I'm just hoping I don't go last," said Ryan, with a laugh. "I've got to text (Getzlaf) to make sure we're still friends, because I know he's got a little say in the (Team Toews) team. I said I would be a mid-round steal. That would be ideal for me." The final pick in the draft does get a new car to help soften the ego blow. This will be Ryan's first All-Star Game appearance.
Jan 22 - 6:55 PM

Alex Chiasson hasn't scored a goal in his past 16 games.

"Sometimes, I think I think too much about my game," Chiasson said before Wednesday's win over Toronto. "The other day, I sat down and looked at the goals I've scored and most have come from five to 10 feet around the net, so you've got to think that's where I need to be." Chiasson has earned just two assists during his goalless slump and he has 17 points in 43 games.
Jan 22 - 11:43 AM

Mark Borowiecki (leg) may be ready to return when the All-Star break is over.

He has completed Ottawa's mandated skate conditioning test for players returning from injury and he's eager to get back into the lineup. "I'm not sure, having had the time off that I've had, that four full days of rest would be the smart thing for me to do," Borowiecki said Wednesday. "I want to hit the ground running. I want to be ready to go once the break is over. Whether it's skating, whether it's lifting, just something to keep myself going." He sustained a leg cut on an electrical outlet back on Dec. 28 and he hasn't played since then.
Jan 22 - 11:38 AM

Bobby Ryan contributed a pair of assists in a 4-3 win against Toronto on Wednesday night.

His 20th and 21st helpers of the season came on goals by Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad. Ryan, who has 12 goals and 33 points in 43 games, will represent the Senators at the NHL All-Star Game this weekend.
Jan 22 - 11:32 AM

Mike Hoffman netted his team-leading 16th goal of the year and he added an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Toronto.

He leads all rookies in goals and he's tied with Florida's Aaron Ekblad for fourth among first-year players in scoring with 25 points in 43 games. Hoffman will participate in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition along with some other rookies.
Jan 22 - 11:25 AM

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson entered the all-star break in solid fashion, kicking aside 37 shots in the Senators' 4-3 triumph Wednesday night over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing in his second game in two nights, Anderson improved to 13-11-7 against the lowly Leafs and prevented himself from going into the break with a .500 record. His goals-against average is 2.37 and his save percentage, .927. As a fantasy option, Anderson has been relatively productive. Because he's with the Sens, who have been less than spectacular this season, he is by no means a must-keep goalie. Don't hesitate to find another goalie if you can for the second half. If you can't, don't sweat it. There are many worse netminding options in the NHL than Anderson.
Jan 21 - 10:31 PM

Star defenseman Erik Karlsson scored on two of his slap shots in the Senators' 4-3 triumph over the hapless Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa Wednesday night.

Karlsson enters the all-star break with 11 goals. He scored his first goal Wednesday in the first period, after which the Sens led 3-0. Mike Hoffman opened the scoring with his 16th goal of the season at 2:02. At 11:53, Hoffman assisted on Karlsson's first goal. Mika Zibanejad netted his 11th goal of the season with 20 seconds left in the first. The Leafs woke up and narrowed the gap to 3-2 until Karlsson slapped in his second goal at 15:20 of the third period.
Jan 21 - 9:55 PM

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