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 […]

Breaking: Chris Neil Signs One-Year, $1.5-Million Extension

In case you haven’t heard the news, the Ottawa Senators have just announced that Chris Neil has inked a one-year extension that will pay him $1.5-million through the 2016-17 season. This salary matches what Neil is earning now in the last year of his three-year contract that expires at the conclusion of the season. This […]

Breaking: Jared Cowen Waived by Toronto

Considering his performance and the lingering hip and core injuries that he have inevitably contributed to his underwhelming NHL career, it should not really come as a surprise that Jared Cowen was waived by the Toronto Maple Leafs today. NHL teams now have 24 hours to submit a claim on the ninth overall pick from the 2009 […]

Bryan Murray Speaks: Wideman signing, trade deadline, future as GM

With the announcement of yesterday’s Chris Wideman signing, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray met with a media contingent to discuss the signing, his team’s four-game winning streak and whether or not this recent string of success has impacted his thought process for how to handle Monday’s NHL trade deadline. The 10-minute availability was pretty […]

Chris Wideman Inks Two-Year Extension

Today the Ottawa Senators announced that they have signed Chris Wideman to a one-way, two-year extension that will pay him exactly $800,000 in each of those seasons. For Wideman, it’s a great to not only get some modest term, but also get the financial security that comes with being paid an NHL salary on a […]

Reflecting on Borowiecki Reflecting on Karlsson and Accountability

It was almost midnight on Monday night and just when you’re getting ready to settle into bed, the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan drops an article contrasting the difference in how recent Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban miscues on the ice have been handled within their respective cities. Like any Scanlan piece, it was well worth […]

A bunch of words on things and stuff: Phaneuf/Ceci, Trade Chatter, etc.

It’s timely that consecutive wins over the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wings have people reminiscing over last season’s historic run because last Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Andrew Hammond knocking off the Montreal Canadiens and kick-starting an incredible string of games that improbably pushed the Senators into the playoffs. Whether […]

Three Years After the Cooke Incident, Karlsson’s Dominance Prevails

Erik Karlsson was never supposed to be this good again. It was three years ago today that Karlsson suffered a partially severed Achilles tendon in what should have been a relatively innocuous battle for a loose puck. Unfortunately, Matt Cooke’s skate came up off the ice and inadvertently came down on the back of Karlsson’s […]

Randy Lee Speaks: Assessing the Farm

Senators assistant general manager joined Steve Lloyd and Todd White on TSN 1200’s ‘In the Box’ program yesterday and the timing of the interview is pretty good. Following the graduation of certain players to parent roster and through the thinning of the farm system through this week’s Dion Phaneuf trade, coupled with Binghamton playing Syracuse […]

Looking at the Phaneuf Trade: Eeyore vs. Pollyanna

Dear readers, the following guest post was written and submitted by @StefanWolejszo. I’d like to thank him for taking the time to craft this piece and in case you’re not already, give him a follow on Twitter and leave some comments at the bottom of the piece.  Now without further ado…  On Tuesday, February 9th the Ottawa […]