Breaking: Dave Cameron and other coaches fired by Senators

Well, after the Ottawa Senators’ coaching staff was not part of the exit interview process during yesterday’s dressing room cleanout, the writing was on the wall. Today, the organization made it official by relieving head coach Dave Cameron of his duties and announcing that assistants Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley have also been fired. Jason […]

Senators Announce Pierre Dorion as Next GM

The speculation proved to be true. Today the Ottawa Senators announced that their longest-tenured general manager, Bryan Murray, had stepped down from his role and that assistant general manager Pierre Dorion will succeed him and become the eighth general manager in the Senators’ franchise history. In its early goings, the press conference was an emotional event with Dorion paying homage to the […]

Senators Announce News Conference: Bryan Murray stepping down?

When Eugene Melnyk announced last month that the organization would require a major shake up after a season filled with more disappointments than John Muckler’s draft record, it was presumed that Dave Cameron would pay the price for this team’s underwhelming performance. Asked where this team’s record would leave Bryan Murray and Dave Cameron, Melnyk […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Assessing the Org, Karlsson for Norris, Erkamps and Hoffman

With the season winding down and his team set to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a matinee game tomorrow afternoon, Ottawa Senators Bryan Murray met with the local media today to answer questions. It is the first media availability that Murray has conducted since Senators owner Eugene Melnyk promised big changes and hung head coach […]

Mark Stone To Miss Some Games

A couple of weeks ago, an exasperated Senators fan probably asked, “How could this season get any worse?” It’s one thing for the team to be stuck in that zone in which they’ve not only been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but also have incredibly long odds of moving up in the draft and procuring the kind of […]

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 […]