Playing Out the String: Senators Promote Ben Harpur

This morning the Senators announced that they have recalled defenceman Ben Harpur from the Binghamton Senators. After the Senators were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs following Philadelphia’s win last night, coupled with Michael Kostka’s ineffectual play, there’s nothing left for the Senators to do other than play out the string and get a look at […]

Zack Smith Nominated For Masterton, MacArthur and Phaneuf Shut Down

The Ottawa chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced that they have nominated Zack Smith as their nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton is awarded annual to the player who best exemplifies “the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Typically, the Trophy is awarded to a player who has […]

Melnyk Speaks: Fan 590 ‘Prime Time Sports’ Appearance

  Continuing his media blitz yesterday, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk found himself in familiar territory jumping on Toronto radio to speak with the Fan 590’s Bob McCown and John Shannon. I’ve always enjoyed these Toronto radio hits, because Melnyk has a tendency to be more liberal with his comments and analysis. You literally never know […]

Melnyk Speaks: TSN’s Pre-Game Show

After joining TSN 1200’s pre-game show last night, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk continued his media tour by jumping on TSN’s television broadcast to not only promote awareness of the organization’s initiative that asked fans to donate memorabilia to commemorate the organization’s 25th anniversary, but to also elaborate on his comments from yesterday morning’s media availability. […]

Melnyk Speaks: TSN 1200 pre-game with Ian Mendes

After raising eyebrows with his choice of words concerning the decision-making of his coaching staff and by acknowledging that the Senators need to make key changes, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk embarked on a whirlwind media tour that landed him on the Senators’ pre-game show with Ian Mendes on TSN 1200. To listen to the audio, […]

Melnyk Speaks: Cameron’s “Stupidity”, Making Changes, 2017 Outdoor Game

Speaking from the Canadian Tire Centre this morning where the organization released the details for a campaign soliciting fans to donate “historical items of meaningful significance to celebrate Ottawa’s hockey history”, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk conducted a media scrum following the formal press conference where he candidly assessed his hockey club. The availability only lasted […]

Bidding Patrick Wiercioch Adieu

One day after outlining some of the options concerning the future of the coaching staff and players like Alex Chiasson and Mike Hoffman, Bruce Garrioch dropped a nugget this afternoon regarding defenceman Patrick Wiercioch. There’s a chance Patrick Wiercioch may not play again this season. He is out “week-to-week” with an upper body ailment.

John Muckler Speaks: Karlsson vs Coffey, Hossa and Chara

In the first few seasons following the Ottawa Senators’ 2007 Stanley Cup Final appearance, general manager Bryan Murray took some heat for the way this organization had its window of Cup contention close. Of course, looking back in retrospect, blaming Murray for not making the best of inheriting a situation in which John Muckler’s inane […]

Francis Perron Inks 3-Year ELC and Other Prospect News

Whenever the name of Francis Perron arose in conversations with Senators management, the organization spoke of the importance that he address his shortcomings to warrant being offered an entry-level contract. In an interview back in December, Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee addressed what he wanted to see in Perron’s game. “Yeah, Francis is… we […]

NHL Expansion Is Coming: How it will affect the Ottawa Senators

Whether it’s announced this summer or next, NHL expansion is on the horizon. Details emerged this morning from the NHL general manager meeting in Boca Raton, Florida regarding the NHL’s planned expansion and how a prospective expansion draft in the 2017 offseason would work. General managers were informed that a decision on expansion will be made […]

Friday News and Notes: Melnyk, Thoughts on Thoughts, Hoffman and Smith

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is back in the news following the revelation that he has filed a notice of action against Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corp. “claiming that ‘gross mismanagement’ by the maker of testosterone nasal gel has wiped out millions of dollars of shareholder value and driven the company into the ground.” Meanwhile, cynical fans […]

Borowiecki, Bloggers and Analytics

Mark Borowiecki seems like a decent guy. Having never met him, I can only base this on what I hear through mutual acquaintances, what’s written by the media or said by those within the Senators’ organization. Not that every written or spoken word should ever be taken at full face value, mind you, especially when you’re talking about an […]

The Mike Hoffman Problem

Mike Hoffman will never be confused with a Selke Trophy winner. Irrespective of his offensive contributions these past two seasons, Hoffman’s always been chastised and begrudged for his situational awareness and defensive acumen. Whether it was last season down the stretch or this recent string of games that led to Hoffman being benched in the […]

Scott Gomez Signs with the Senators

Remember how over the course of the past 72 hours I downplayed Ottawa’s interest in acquiring a centre to fill the void created after Kyle Turris was shut down with a high-ankle sprain for the next few weeks? In Ottawa’s position, it made sense to forego flipping assets to a contender to bring in a short-term […]

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Trade Deadline Moves

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray wasn’t the only one who was conducting some interviews in the aftermath of yesterday’s NHL’s trade deadline elapsing. Senators assistant general Pierre Dorion joined Gord Wilson for the Senators’ Bell sponsored ‘All Access’ program that was featured on the team’s website. If you’re interested in watching the interview, which […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Talks Trade Deadline on TSN 1200’s ‘The Drive’

  After conducting his customary post-trade deadline media availability, Senators general manager Bryan Murray appeared on TSN 1200’s ‘The Drive’ with Ian Mendes. To listen to the full interview, you can stream the audio via the embedded player at the bottom of this post. A full transcript of his comments can be read below. As […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Media Availability Following the Trade Deadline

Senators general manager Bryan Murray held court with the media following the conclusion of today’s trade deadline. Murray hit on a variety of topics ranging from justifications for the Prince deal to Patrick Wiercioch’s future with the organization, so it was well worth the listen. The media availability can be seen by viewing the embedded […]

Analyzing the Shane Prince Deal

Reports surfaced throughout the course of the past few weeks indicating that the Ottawa Senators were shopping players like Prince and Patrick Wiercioch and today, Prince was moved with a 2017 seventh-round pick for the New York Islanders’ 2016 third round selection. None of this came as a surprise. The writing has been on the […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Deadline Day, Adding a Centre

Taking a break from this morning’s trade deadline activities, Senators general manager Bryan Murray left the Senators’ war room and gave a short four-minute interview that aired on the Senators’ official Twitter account. To listen to the interview, you can follow this link. A transcription of Murray’s comments are below. As always, my thoughts are […]