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  • Why Senators should consider sending Erik Brannstrom to AHL

    Sportsnet "In the throes of a rebuild, the Ottawa Senators have no shortage of issues. As was painfully illustrated in Monday’s 8-2 thrashing in Carolina, the Senators still give up too many shots and scoring chances, and their power play barely registers on the meter. Clicking..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • Artem Anisimov Placed On Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ottawa Senators will be without one of their veteran forwards for the next while. According to Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia, Artem Anisimov has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury that will keep him out long-term. Anisimov was only recently activated by the..." November 08

  • No Extension Talks Between Senators And Jean-Gabriel Pageau

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the Senators worked quickly to sign their top potential restricted free agent when they signed defenseman Thomas Chabot to the richest deal in team history, it doesn’t appear as if they’re anywhere close to signing one of their top pending..." November 08

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Bobby Ryan, Mikkel Boedker skate as extras

    TSN "It appears Bobby Ryan and Mikkel Boedker will return to the press box as healthy scratches after serving as extras in Thursday's gameday skate. Ryan, the team's highest-paid player with a $7.25 million cap hit, has one goal and four points in 12 games this..." November 07

  • Senators assign Colin White to AHL for conditioning, recall Jonathan Davidsson

    Sportsnet "Colin White has been assigned to the Ottawa Senators‘ AHL affiliate for a conditioning stint as he recovers from a hip flexor/groin injury which landed him on injured reserve. The 22-year-old has been out since Oct. 23 after scoring one goal and assist in eight games..." November 07

  • Can Senators break early pattern of historically low attendance?

    Ottawa Citizen "This can’t be the start Eugene Melnyk envisioned for his Ottawa Senators. Fourteen games into this young NHL season, the Senators are near the bottom in league standings and their fans appear to be slipping away. The team closed out a three-game home stand Oct. 27 by drubbing..." November 07

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Erik Karlsson trade is the gift that keeps on giving for rebuilding Senators

    Sportsnet "Basement teams find their fun where they can. For the Ottawa Senators and their suffering fanbase, the mirth stems from having potentially a pair of lottery picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. For a rebuilding franchise, this is no small thing. Consider that a year ago at..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • Senators' Sabourin suffered broken nose after collision with Backes

    The Score "Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin suffered a fractured nose Saturday but is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday, general manager Pierre Dorion announced. Sabourin had to be stretchered off after he landed face-first on the ice following..." November 03

  • Senators' Scott Sabourin leaves ice on stretcher after collision with Bruins' David Backes

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone at TD Garden on Saturday night got a reminder of the danger present within every game of hockey. Just over three minutes into first period action between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins, Senators forward Scott Sabourin hit Bruins forward David Backes. Their heads..." November 03

  • Senators Provide Positive Update On Scott Sabourin After Scary Injury Vs. Bruins

    NESN "The Boston Bruins were leading the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in the first period Saturday night when the game took a scary turn. Right winger Scott Sabourin collided with David Backes and appeared to lose consciousness immediately after hitting the Boston forward. Sabourin’s head directly hit..." November 02

  • Ron Hainsey embracing his role helping rookie Erik Brannstrom

    Ottawa Sun "Ron Hainsey isn’t just playing big minutes on the ice for the Ottawa Senators. The alternate captain is also helping rookie defenceman Erik Brannstrom get used to the trials and tribulations of being in the NHL for the first time. It’s no accident Ottawa coach..." November 02

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • Senators' Bobby Ryan isn't pouting while waiting for a chance to play again

    Ottawa Citizen "Bobby Ryan’s future with the Ottawa Senators remains an open question, but he’s not pouting or pointing fingers at anyone but himself. A healthy scratch during the Senators 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, the $7.5-million-per-season man was open and honest..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Senators’ Bobby Ryan wrestling with life as high-paid healthy scratch

    Sportsnet "Sunday’s spanking of the San Jose Sharks delivered pure joy to the house of the Ottawa Senators. But there was little joy deep in the heart of Bobby Ryan. The 32-year-old winger, Ottawa’s highest-paid player at $7.25 million per season, was watching the..." October 30

  • Ottawa Senators Prospect Report: Drake Batherson continues to dominate in AHL

    Sportsnet "As the Ottawa Senators delve deeper into their rebuild, they continue to bring new prospects to the organization. This makes it challenging to identify their top prospects in the minor pro ranks, European leagues, junior and college hockey quite. By next summer,..." October 29

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • Senators' D.J. Smith on Bobby Ryan scratch: '20 hardest workers are playing tonight'

    Montreal Gazette "The only role Bobby Ryan played for the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre was spectator. A healthy scratch for only the second time in his 12-year career, and the first time for performance-related issues, the 32-year-old sat out of this game with former Ottawa..." October 28

  • Florida Panthers Acquire Jack Rodewald From Ottawa

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers have acquired more depth for their team as the team announced they have traded for forward Jack Rodewald from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the rights to collegiate winger Chris Wilkie. The Panthers have assigned Rodewald to the Springfield..." October 27

  • NHL Heritage Classic: Most memorable moments in Canadian outdoor game's history

    Sporting News "The puck drops for the 2019 Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, marking the fifth Canadian outdoor game in NHL history. Throughout its time, the Canadian outdoor game paved the road for the NHL Winter Classic, as well as the Stadium Series, two..." October 26

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Sens place Colin White, Artem Anisimov on IR

    TSN "General manager Pierre Dorian said forward Colin White will be out 3-5 weeks with a hip flexor/groin injury and Artem Anisimov will be out 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury. Both players have been placed on injured reserve.  " October 23

  • Logan Brown Recalled By Ottawa Senators

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ottawa Senators may be looking for another bargain bin addition up front, but for now they’ll give that opportunity to a young forward. Logan Brown has been recalled, giving him the opportunity that his agent complained earlier this month hadn’t..." October 23

  • Childhood friends Logan Brown and Brady Tkachuk reunite on Sens’ top line

    TSN "Logan Brown will have a familiar face on his left wing when he suits up for his season debut with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday evening.  Growing up in St. Louis, Brown and Brady Tkachuk were teammates for several seasons in minor hockey on a team that often..." October 23

  • Canadian NHL markets are seeing slump in early-season attendance

    Sporting News "The Hockey News' Ken Campbell recently posted a tweet indicating four of the five Canadian teams playing at home last Tuesday — Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens — failed to sell out. He also pointed out the Ottawa Senators..." October 23

  • Ottawa Senators Seeking Another Trade Addition

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the Ottawa Senators are fully committed to a rebuild, their recent actions would also indicate that they would like to be more competitive than they currently are. The Senators are off to a 1-6-1 start and, as TSN’s James Duthie noted on the network’s “Insider..." October 23

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • How five former Ottawa Senators are doing on new teams in 2019-20

    Sportsnet "A favourite pastime of any fan base is checking the status of franchise ‘expats.’ At times it can feel as though a fan’s former fave player is engaging in a very personal form of torture by performing very well with somebody else’s team. Extreme..." October 22

  • Former Senator Magnus Paajarvi signs in KHL

    TSN "Former Ottawa Senators winger Magnus Paajarvi is taking his talents to Russia. The 28-year-old signed a two-year deal with the KHL's Lokomotiv HC on Tuesday after appearing in 80 games with the Senators last season. " October 22

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18