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  • Senators aim for turnaround under new coach D.J. Smith "The Ottawa Senators are hoping that new coach D.J. Smith will be the man to successfully lead their rebuild, guiding a mix of veteran players acquired this offseason with their young core. The 42-year-old former NHL defenseman became the 14th coach in Senators history when he was..." July 20

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Lassi Thomson impressing Senators with all-around game "Lassi Thomson could be a missing piece for the rebuilding Ottawa Senators. The 18-year-old defenseman's impressive vision and skill were major factors in the Senators' decision to select him with the No. 19 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. "I think my skating and..." July 16

  • Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov

    Sporting News "The Blackhawks have traded one forward for another. Chicago has acquired Senators alternate captain Zack Smith for Artem Anisimov, the team announced Tuesday. Both players are signed through 2021, but Smith is due to make $3.25 million per year and Anisimov is due about..." July 16

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Sens sign first-rounder Lassi Thomson to ELC

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators have signed first-round pick Lassi Thomson to a three-year, entry-level deal, the team announced Monday.  The 18-year-old defenceman was selected with the No. 19 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He spent last season with the WHL's Kelowna..." July 15

  • Sens sign Michael Carcone to two-year, two-way contract

    Silver Seven "The Ottawa Senators announced Monday morning that they have signed forward Michael Carcone to a two-year, two-way contract. Both years carry the new league-minimum salary of $700,000 at the NHL level, but there’s a $30,000 difference between the first ($85K) and..." July 15

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Nikita Zaitsev brought to Senators to help change culture, coach says "Nikita Zaitsev was acquired by the Ottawa Senators with the hope he can make an impact on and off the ice. Senators coach D.J. Smith worked with Zaitsev as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and is confident the defenseman, traded to Ottawa by Toronto in a..." July 08

  • Sebastian Aho’s New Contract Via Offer Sheet Could Benefit Thomas Chabot

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The recent Montreal Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho that the Carolina Hurricanes matched Saturday was the hope of a team to take advantage of its owner. No one was quite sure what to make of billionaire owner Tom Dundon and whether he would be willing to pay up for his franchise...." July 07

  • Sens owner Melnyk claims local politician called him 'a f-----g loser'

    The Score "Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is alleging a member of Ontario's provincial Parliament spewed a profanity-laced rant to his face at a Rolling Stones concert in Barrie, Ontario on Saturday, according to the Ottawa Sun's Blair Crawford. "So I'm just..." July 05

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • Senators sign defenceman Christian Wolanin to a two-year contract "The Ottawa Senators announced today the club signed defenceman Christian Wolanin to a two-year contract. The first (two-way) year of the contract will carry an annual value of $800,000 in the National Hockey League and $100,000 in the American Hockey League. The second (one-way)..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Senators sign forward Nick Paul to a one-year, two-way contract "The Ottawa Senators announced today the club signed forward Nick Paul to a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry a value of $750,000 in the National Hockey League and $165,000 in the American Hockey League. A native of Mississauga, Ont., Paul spent..." July 02

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Report: Leafs trading Brown, Zaitsev to Sens for Ceci on Monday

    The Score "The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly send forward Connor Brown and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for defenseman Cody Ceci, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. At least six pieces (players..." July 01

  • Maple Leafs Agree To Terms With Cody Ceci

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It hasn’t taken long for the Maple Leafs to work out a contract for new acquisition Cody Ceci.  TSN’s Darren Dreger reports (Twitter link) that defenseman has verbally agreed to a one-year, $4.5MM contract with Toronto. Ceci was officially acquired earlier today as..." July 01

  • Senators Sign Forward Jordan Szwarz

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ottawa Senators continue to bring in talent from their division rivals, signing former Providence Bruins captain Jordan Szwarz per a team release. It is a one-year, two-way contract for Szwarz worth $800K in the NHL. Szwarz, 28, has skated in 47 NHL games with the Bruins and..." July 01

  • Pierre Dorion hopes to expedite Senators rebuild with ex-Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "When the Ottawa Senators hired D.J. Smith to be their new head coach, few knew it would help spark a massive player exchange between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. In the early hours of NHL free agency, a trickle turned into a flow as Ottawa acquired three Leafs via trade and..." July 01

  • Cody Ceci excited for the chance to switch sides in the Battle of Ontario

    Ottawa Sun "Even Cody Ceci was caught off guard when he first heard word that he could be headed into the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, that it’s official he’s ready for the next challenge in his career. The former Ottawa Senators’ defenceman woke up on Canada Day at his..." July 01

  • Leafs to send Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown to Sens in multi-player deal

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Nikita Zaitsev and forwards Connor Brown and Michael Carcone to the Ottawa Senators for defencemen Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur, forward Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round draft pick. Zaitsev, 27, scored..." July 01

  • Senators to sign Ron Hainsey, Tyler Ennis

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators are expected to sign veteran defenceman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis once free agency opens, according to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. The 38-year-old Hainsey tallied five goals and 18 assists in 81 regular season games with the Toronto..." July 01

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Ottawa Senators name Davis Payne as assistant coach to D.J. Smith

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators have had added another experienced voice to coach D.J Smith’s staff for next season. The Senators confirmed Sunday they’ve hired former St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne as an assistant on Smith’s staff with associate coach Jack Capuano. Most..." June 30

  • Leafs appear to have tentative deal to send Nikita Zaitsev to Sens for Cody Ceci

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have a tentative deal in place to trade Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cody Ceci according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. There could be other parts to the deal, but it can’t be finalized until July 1 when the Leafs..." June 30

  • Senators sign forward Jack Rodewald to a one-year, two-way contract "The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club re-signed forward Jack Rodewald to a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry an annual value of $725,000 in the National Hockey League and $100,000 in the American Hockey League. Rodewald, aged 25, set..." June 27

  • NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2019

    Sportsnet "Did John Tavares and his $77-million sweepstakes open his UFA followers’ eyes for what might be possible if you peek beyond the curtain? The summer of 2019 will deliver no shortage of star power, as a two-time Vezina winner, a finalist for three major 2018-19 trophies,..." June 24

  • Senators' draft Lassi Thomson 19th overall

    CBS Sports "Thomson was drafted 19th overall by the Senators at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. This offensive-minded Finn has a bright NHL future. Thomson is definitely better on the offensive side of the puck than in his own zone. His hockey sense is high and his shot is great. And he moves..." June 21

  • How The Ottawa Senators Cap Space Can Be Used This Summer

    Last Word On Hockey "The Ottawa Senators cap space is plentiful walking into the 2019 offseason. With over 30 million dollars in space and even more expected to come, the Sens have just a few players to re-sign. This leaves them with plenty to work with. Questions about Ottawa’s..." June 21

  • Five big questions heading into 2019 NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The NHL Draft is coming up fast and the trade rumours and speculation are heating up. Here are some of the bigger questions to consider before the fireworks begin: WHICH PLAYER WILL BE CHOSEN FIRST OVERALL? Jack Hughes has long been the projected No. 1 in this..." June 21

  • Gary Bettman confirms series of rule changes for 2019-20 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season. The alterations were approved by the league's Board of Governors, general managers, and competition committee. The most prominent changes pertain to video reviews, which underwent..." June 21

  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Sens sign Marcus Hogberg to two-year extension

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with Marcus Hogberg, announcing a two-year extension with the 24-year-old Swedish goaltender on Wednesday. The deal carries an annual value of $700,000 in the NHL with the second of the two years being one-way. Hogberg made his..." June 19

  • Ottawa “Seriously Exploring” Trade Market For Cody Ceci

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Despite being the butt of many jokes for the past couple of seasons, the Ottawa Senators head into this offseason with some real opportunity. The team has just a single player—Bobby Ryan—under contract for more than two years and a huge number of draft picks to work with over the..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Senators Re-Sign Andreas Englund

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After re-signing winger Anthony Duclair earlier today, the Senators aren’t done for the day just yet.  CapFriendly reports that Ottawa has inked defenseman Andreas Englund to a one-year, two-way contract.  The deal will pay him the league minimum..." June 17

  • Senators GM says he could be looking to move up in NHL Draft

    Yardbarker "Perhaps excited by the extension of forward Anthony Duclair and the additional second-round pick added by the Erik Karlsson contract —both occurring earlier today — Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion  was very positive when speaking with the media..." June 17

  • Anthony Duclair Signs 1 Year Extension

    Silver Seven "Getting out ahead of qualifying offer season, the Senators have re-signed Anthony Duclair to a one year, $1.65m contract. After joining the Sens as part of the Ryan Dzingel return, Duclair put up 14 points in 21 games after only 19 points in 53..." June 17

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Ottawa Senators Re-Sign Morgan Klimchuk

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ottawa Senators have decided to keep a former top prospect around, signing Morgan Klimchuk to a one-year two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. Klimchuk came to the Senators organization in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in January and was scheduled for..." June 13

  • Senators looking at former Isles' coach Jack Capuano for coaching staff

    Ottawa Sun "An interesting name has surfaced as a candidate for head coach D.J. Smith’s staff with the Ottawa Senators. The talk in National Hockey League circles Wednesday night was that Jack Capuano, former head coach of the New York Islanders, had held talks with the Senators about the..." June 06

  • Top five frontrunners to sign Erik Karlsson

    The Hockey News "The Stanley Cup final continues, but the 2019 UFA class is far too interesting to hide from the headlines for long. And with all due respect to the top UFA forward, Artemi Panarin, this is Erik Karlsson’s year. Not only is he the best offensive defenseman of the past two..." June 05

  • This time, Karlsson might be more inclined to consider Senators' offer

    Ottawa Sun "If the Senators did, in fact, make a long-term, big-money offer to Erik Karlsson before trading him — and if they really do want the best defenceman in franchise history to be part of their future plans — they should circle back to the conversation. This time,..." June 04

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Senators extend G Anders Nilsson on two-year deal

    TSN "The Ottawa Senators signed goaltender Anders Nilsson to a two-year, $5.2 million contract on Wednesday. The deal will carry an average annual value of $2.6 million for the 29-year-old, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks this season. "We're very..." May 29

  • Ottawa Senators Sign Josh Norris to Entry-Level Contract

    Silver Seven "The Ottawa Senators have inked one of their top prospects to an entry-level contract in centre Josh Norris. At 20 years old, Norris will be turning pro following a stellar sophomore year at the University of Michigan. Originally picked 19th overall by the San Jose..." May 27

  • 12 NHL goalies potentially available through trade or free agency

    Sportsnet "The 2018-19 season was the year of the tandem netminder. The trend of having a 1A/1B situation in net opposed to a 65-game starter has been building for some time now and the merits of this strategy have been a defining aspect of the season. Two of the Vezina Trophy finalists started..." May 25