Category Archives: Ottawa Senators
If the Senators are going to upgrade at the forward position, worth careful consideration is a 29-year old centre in Arizona.
Martin Hanzal is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.1 million and, with the Coyotes going nowhere, they should be all ears.
The only other team in the West that has no hope of a playoff spot is the Colorado Avalanche. They have Jarome Iginla on the last year of his deal, but at 39 years old, he does not move nearly well enough to keep up to the pace in Guy Boucher’s system.
Less than a week after giving bench boss Dave Cameron and his assistants their walking papers, sources confirmed a report Tuesday the newly appointed Senators GM turned his talk into action by sitting down for a face-to-face interview with former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo on Sunday.
All eyes will be on Mike Hoffman this summer.
Will he stay or will he go?
The next stop for the Senators’ high-scoring winger, who had an afternoon exit meeting with GM Pierre Dorion, will be a trip to Mexico Thursday for a post-season vacation. Whether his hockey home continues to be the Canadian Tire Centre remains to be seen.
Though Hoffman professed he’d “love to stay in Ottawa”, the reality is as a restricted free agent — who is in for a big raise and has the right to accept a one-year deal in arbitration — he could be a strong candidate to get dealt if the two sides aren’t able to come to an agreement.
The Ottawa Senators have struggled to build any serious momentum throughout the opening stages of the season and really needed to make some form of change in order to get their season back on track.
While there weren’t many calls for a managerial switch-up, a trade was welcomed and the Senators managed to acquire experienced defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a five-man switch. Not only are the Ottawa fans excited to see just what he can do on the ice but his gritty determination and desire to win should have a positive effect on the entire locker room.
Can't say I understand White/Chabot being untouchable. If you're serious about winning now, you include them in deal for Drouin in a second.
— James Gordon (@James_J_Gordon) February 13, 2016
The Senators are interested in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin, but only if the price is right.
The Senators will clear $4.4 million in salary, according to www.generalfanager.com, by saying goodbye to longtime employees Chris Phillips and Chris Neil. But the small-market Senators would still prefer to have more breathing room to re-up Hoffman, who has a team-high 22 goals. Jared Cowen has one year remaining at a hefty salary of $4.5 million.
Cowen was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, once again making way for Binghamton call-up Fredrik Claesson.
Sens trade Lehner, Legwand to Sabres for first-rounder
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The Ottawa Senators’ decision to re-sign Andrew Hammond to a three-year contract extension might have been a boost for the franchise but it did leave something of an overload of goalies on the roster. It’s looking as if either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner will be traded before the end of the draft. While it will be a blow to lose either goalie, the Senators are rumoured to be asking for a top-six winger as well as a draft pick for either player, although Lehner has been attracting the interest of a host of teams, with Buffalo and Edmonton monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation.
Senators begin contract talks with Hamburglar and other pending free agents
The Senators have always wanted to add a top six forward to the fold. Teams like Boston and Chicago will have cap issues.
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Erik Condra and Eric Gryba attracting interest ahead of NHL trade deadline