Andrew Hammond Named Sens Nominee for Masterton Trophy

It was quite the day (or should I say month?) for Andrew Hammond. Not only was Hammond named the league’s first star of the month by the NHL, Hammond was also nominated by the Ottawa chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) as the Senators’ Masterton Trophy nominee. The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the […]

Sending the Wrong Message

Watching the Senators this weekend was like watching ‘Red Wedding’ episode from Game of Thrones. Like the Starks, the Senators were lulled into a false sense of security and fans were left to helplessly watch along as their favourite team meet an untimely end. The frustrating part of Ottawa’s situation is that they controlled their […]

Mark Stone Merits Calder Consideration

Lost in this city’s focus on Senators chasing down the Boston Bruins for the Eastern Conference’s remaining wild card seed is that a Senators rookie embarking on a chase of his own. Like the Ottawa Senators, Mark Stone looked down and out in his chase of the rookie scoring crown back on January 1st. Stone’s […]

With or Without Karlsson and Methot: How do Sens Centers Fare?

Earlier this month, TSN analytics guru Travis Yost looked at how Montreal’s top three centers played with and without top defense pair P.K. Subban and Andre Markov. Looking at the Corsi% of these centers with and without the duo, he surmised that Montreal could make the most out of their roster by playing Subban/Markov with […]

Sweet Mother of Mercy, Do Not Open Sens Mile

One day after the organization taped videos featuring Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot that asked fans not to throw hamburgers on the ice, Senators president Cyril Leeder directed a letter to Mayor Jim Watson appealing to City Council to respect the organization’s wishes for ‘Sens Mile’ not to be opened until the team officially clinches a playoff spot. […]

Ottawa Senators following in Kansas City Royals’ footsteps

  The Sens are the hottest team in the NHL right now, running a 17-2-2 record to overtake the Boston Bruins – a team they trailed by 14 games less than two months ago – for the final playoff position with 10 games remaining. As the Sens extended their streak, it’s taken on a familiar […]

Report: Sens Kicked Tires on Lupul

From TSN‘s Darren Dreger (via Nicholsonhockey.com): “And there would be other teams. I want to say Ottawa kicked tires, but again, you have to be careful in establishing definitive interest or tire-kicking. There’s a lot of that that goes on right up until the trade deadline. Particularly if you’re Ottawa and you’ve got a Colin […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Thrown Hamburgers, Injuries, Vindication for Not Spending

Speaking for the first time since the GM’s meetings down in Boca Raton, Senators general manager Bryan Murray made an appearance on tonight’s pre-game show. The first few minutes of the interview delved into Murray being honoured by his colleagues at the meeting and the prospective rule changes that the league is considering rolling out […]

Zack Smith’s Conditioned

Somewhat forgotten in the aftermath of last night’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (holy shit, one point back of the Boston Bruins with a game in hand?!!!?!?1!!) were the departures of Matt Puempel and Milan Michalek. Michalek only took five shifts in the first period before he leaving the game thanks to a hit by […]

The Legend of Andrew Hammond Grows

When you start your NHL career by brandishing an improbable 11-0-1 record to the tune of a 1.35 goals against average and a save percentage of .956 while being mentioned in the same breath as Dolly Dolson and Frank Brimsek because you’re holding the opposition to two or fewer goals through regulation in each of your […]

Senators and Leafs Discussed a Kadri for Zibanejad Trade

After Nazem Kadri’s nagging off-ice issues caught up to him and came to a head this week in Toronto — culminating with a team imposed two-game suspension for arriving late to a team meeting — Darren Dreger  made an appearance on TSN 1050‘s ‘The Drive’ and discussed how close the Leafs were to exploring trades involving Kadri. According to Dreger, […]

Thoughts on Thoughts

  Sportsnet published Elliotte Friedman’s latest ’30 Thoughts’ column this morning and there were a few Senators-related items covering the team’s goaltending controversy, Andrew Hammond’s future and an exceptional quote from an anonymous NHL coach on how to defend against Erik Karlsson. 23. Senators coach Dave Cameron barked at reporters wondering why Andrew Hammond did not […]

Pronman: NHL Mock Drafts, Senators “System Empty”

ESPN Insider‘s Corey Pronman published his first mock draft (note: paywall) and with the 11th overall selection, he had Oliver Kylington, a Swedish defenceman going to the Senators. Back in November, Pronman had Kylington as his fifth ranked prospect (again, paywall). The thought of adding another smooth skating offensive defenceman to the mix is pretty exciting, but it was the […]

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