B-Sens Moving to Belleville

Thanks to a non-disclosure agreement, months of rumours have finally been put to bed. The Ottawa Senators announced this morning that they will be relocating their AHL franchise from Binghamton, New York  to Belleville, Ontario for the start of the 2017-18 season. To complete this move, Eugene Melnyk actually bought the Binghamton Senators and agreed a […]

MacArthur Suffers Concussion, Depth Challenged Before Season Starts

It was a sobering scene at the Senators’ fan fest scrimmage where Clarke MacArthur wound up on the wrong end of hit from Patrick Sieloff. Like so many fringe players who arrive at NHL training camps, Sieloff delivered a hit so that he would catch the of management and the coaching staff. As the video shows, Sieloff, a defenceman, anticipated and read […]

Bartkowski Inks PTO: hopefully to create competition for Borowiecki’s spot

After informing TSN 1200 radio hosts on Wednesday that the Ottawa Senators had issued PTOs to a variety of free agent defencemen, Matt Bartkowski was the first to take them up on their offer. Today the club announced that it formally signed Bartkowski to a PTO (professional tryout). From the press release: Bartkowski, 28, played […]

Pierre Dorion Speaks: 2016-17 outlook, coaching staff, rookie tournament

While the Ottawa Senators prospects arrived in town for their mini-camp before embarking for this weekend’s annual rookie tournament in London, Ontario, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion made the media rounds Wednesday morning to discuss the state of his hockey club. Although it wasn’t like his CTV Morning Live interview wherein he admitted that he once […]

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Puempel, O’Connor, PTOs

At the Bell Sens golf tournament yesterday, which reportedly raised $178,000 for local kids,  Senators general manager Pierre Dorion took a few minutes out of his day to be interviewed on TSN 1200 regarding a few items of interest concerning his hockey club. To listen to the almost nine-minute interview, you can stream it using […]

So I finally got around to penning a Chris Phillips retirement piece

I wanted to publish this piece some time ago, closer to when Chris Phillips actually announced his retirement, but it never really felt right. So much like Phillips’ 2015-16 season, it sat on the shelf getting treatment until I was ready to pull the trigger. Today was that day. Chris Phillips’ career ended the same […]

Prospecting with Pronman: reveals Ottawa’s top ten prospect rankings

After revealing his NHL organizational prospect rankings and his ‘Top 120 NHL Prospects’ and ‘Top 10 Goalies’ lists earlier this week (note: all links are behind a paywall), this morning the excellent ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman, published each NHL organization’s top ten prospects. Thanks to the inclusion of Thomas Chabot, Colin White and Logan Brown […]

Prospecting with Pronman: ESPN Insider reveals list of ‘Top 120 Prospects in Hockey’

  One day after releasing his annual organizational prospect rankings (note: paywall), ESPN Insider Corey Pronman published his list of the ‘Top 120 NHL Prospects’ this morning (note: again, paywall). For the purpose of his rankings, Pronman defines a prospect as a player who has played fewer than 25 games or more in any NHL […]

Cody Ceci Signs Two-Year Bridge Contract

During the blogger panel at this year’s iteration of Sens Summer Fan Fest, a question was posed asking outside of Bobby Ryan and Dion Phaneuf, which Senator had the worst contract moving forward. Even though I joked that the answer was Erik Karlsson because his current deal couldn’t extend in perpetuity, a case could be […]

Senators to Retire Daniel Alfredsson’s #11

Looks like that 2017 outdoor game announcement will have to wait because after emcee Gord Wilson’s praise of the size of Daniel Alfreddson’s thighs, the Ottawa Senators announced this afternoon that they will retiring Alfie’s no. 11 jersey when the Senators take on the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, December 29, 2016. This marks the first time […]

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Hoffman extension, Ceci megotiations, the blue line being set

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion appeared on TSN 1200 last week to discuss the announcement of Mike Hoffman’s four-year contract extension with the Senators. The interview ran on the Wednesday, but I didn’t really have a chance to listen or go through it until this evening. Rather than let Dorion’s comments disappear into the ether, I […]

Breaking: Hoffman inks 4-year extension worth $5.1875 AAV

Leave it to Elliotte Friedman to break the news and provide Senators fans with something to celebrate on a quiet Wednesday in July: Hearing OTT signs Mike Hoffman to a four year deal. $3.8M next season, then three years at $5.65M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC)

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Zibanejad/Brassard, Hoffman/Ceci RFA negotiations

After pulling the trigger on what’s unequivocally the biggest trade that he’s made during his short tenure as the Ottawa Senators’ general manager, Pierre Dorion joined Ian Mendes and Lee Versage on TSN 1200’s ‘The Drive’ yesterday to give his explanation for why the organization dealt Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second round pick to […]

Senators Trade Zibanejad to the Rangers for Brassard

It seemed like it was just a few weeks ago that Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was singing Mika Zibanejad’s praises. Pierre Dorion on seeing Mika Zibanejad recently: “He looks in the best shape I’ve ever seen him. He’s ready to take the next step.” — Rodney Berg (@RodneyBerg)

Sens Summer Fan Fest: Saturday, July 23rd

Has it been three years already? This Saturday, July 23rd, marks the date of the third annual Sens Summer Fan Fest that will take place at MacLaren’s Pub (301 Elgin St.) between 1:00 to 5:30 pm. The previous two iterations of Sens Summer Fan Fest have raised over $2,200 for the Ottawa Senators Foundation and […]

B-Sens to Belleville for Start of 2017-18 Season?

According to a report out of the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Senators’ will move their affiliate from Binghamton to Belleville in 2017. Although there has been no official confirmation, in speaking with Broome County executive Debbie Preston, the paper quoted her as being accepting of the AHL’s plans to give Binghamton another affiliate once the Senators […]