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Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/3/1971
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Senators assistant GM Randy Lee has entered a plea of not guilty to a second harassment charge.
Lee will be back in court on July 20 and attempt to get the charge dismissed at that time. "There’s no offence or violation of the law," attorney Paul Cambria said. "These are low-level accusations. He has denied them completely." Both harassment charges are in relation to an alleged incident that occurred on May 30th. Lee is accused of inappropriately touching and making lewd remarks towards a 19-year-old hotel shuttle driver. The Senators have suspended Lee until "the allegations against him are ruled upon by the courts." Jul 7 - 11:07 AM

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Senators coach Guy Boucher is staying positive despite a lot of uncertainty surrounding his team.

"I don't know who is going to be on our team and that's what makes it a little more difficult to tell you exactly what our look is going to be," Boucher said Friday. "We're ready for option A, option B, option C." Captain Erik Karlsson is expected to receive a contract offer from the Sens on Sunday. If he were to reject the offer, the expectation is that Ottawa will look to move him. The 2018-19 season will mark the final year of Boucher's contract and he will likely have to show more of a willingness to play younger skaters with his options limited. Expect to see forwards Colin White, Filip Chlapik, Logan Brown, Alex Formenton and Drake Batherson as well as defensemen Christian Wolanin and Christian Jaros make a strong pushes for NHL jobs.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 30 - 9:35 AM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion will "most likely" hold on to the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sens are in a difficult situation thanks to the Matt Duchene trade they made with Colorado last year. Either they give up the fourth overall pick in 2018 and keep their top selection in 2019, or they keep their first-rounder this year and give up their first next year. Dorion added that he expects the Sens to be improved next year, so it sounds like he's going to roll the dice. But if Ottawa ends up losing Erik Karlsson, they could be one of the worst teams in the league in 2018-19. Giving away a top pick in next year's draft would be devastating for the franchise.
Jun 21 - 3:46 PM

The Ottawa Senators reportedly plan on keeping the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

As part of the Matt Duchene trade, the Senators have to give Colorado their first round pick in 2018 or 2019. It would be surprising if the Senators did decide to give the Avalanche the 2018 fourth overall pick to fulfill that pledge, but given that they just traded Mike Hoffman and might not be done selling veteran players, there is a real chance that their 2019 selection will be even better. In that sense, holding onto the 2018 pick is a risk, but it's one they seem set to take. It is worth noting though that Ottawa can make their decision at the last minute, so Colorado might still end up getting the fourth overall pick.
Jun 20 - 1:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators have suspended assistant GM Randy Lee.

Lee is facing a second-degree harassment charge and is due in court on July 6. "We have worked with authorities in Buffalo, as well as with Randy Lee's lawyer, to ensure that Randy be granted the due process to which he is entitled," Senators GM Pierre Dorion said in a statement. "Until now, the Senators had never been made aware of a complaint against Randy, whether before or during his 23-year career with the team. He must be allowed to address the allegations against him through the court system. That said, the questions that must be answered by Randy are unlikely to be addressed until his next court date - on July 6, 2018 - we believe the best way to live our values and enforce our standards of behavior is to suspend Randy Lee until the allegations against him are ruled upon by the courts." Lee's suspension will take effect immediately and also apply to his work with AHL Belleville.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 5:58 PM

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk strongly denied the rumors that he will be selling the team.

Melnyk said that he's not interested in selling them and hasn't received any worthwhile offers anyways. This is a difficult time for the Senators to say the least. They're coming off a disastrous season, Ottawa assistant GM Randy Lee is facing a second-degree harassment charge, and Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Erik Karlsson, filed application for an order of protection against the finance of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.
Jun 15 - 4:26 PM

The Ottawa Senators released a statement Tuesday evening after news broke that Melinda Karlsson filed an application for an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.

Melinda alleges that Monika Caryk led a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their unborn son and through much of the last NHL season. The Senators said the organization is "investigating this matter in co-operation with the NHL and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the safety and privacy of our players and their families."
Jun 13 - 9:35 AM

Ottawa assistant GM Randy Lee is due in court next week to face a harassment allegation, so he will miss at least part of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Lee pleaded not guilty to making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male shuttle bus driver on May 30. He was charged with second-degree harassment and faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail if guilty.
Jun 12 - 5:08 PM

Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee was arrested in Buffalo Thursday night.

Lee is facing a second-degree harassment charge over an incident that occurred during a shuttle bus ride. He allegedly made lewd comments while putting his hand on the shoulder of the 19-year-old driver. The driver reportedly told Lee to stop, but Lee persisted. The Senators have released a statement saying that they're aware of the situation and are reviewing it.
Source: CBC.ca
Jun 1 - 3:53 PM

The Ottawa Senators hold the fourth and 22nd overall pick during the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and they appear to be going with the "best player available draft strategy".

"We’re simply going on who’s the next-best guy," Chief amateur scout Trent Mann said. "The staff will battle it out. We’ll debate, fight about it and come to a consensus at the end of the day." The Senators had a very disappointing season after making the Eastern Conference final last year and they'll have to continuously deal with rumors surrounding franchise blueliner Erik Karlsson all off-season unless they're able to sign him to an extension. Most early mock drafts have the Senators selecting Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick, brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.
May 19 - 9:32 AM

Guy Boucher is expected to be on a short leash with the Senators next season.

Although Boucher and his staff will return for the 2018-19 campaign, he's coming off a disastrous season where the Senators posted a 28-43-11 record. If the Senators struggle out of the gate again, threatening another result like that, it might be Boucher that first pays the price. Of course, Boucher was also the bench boss that led the Senators to the Eastern Conference Final in his first campaign with the team in 2016-17. The last couple years have been a roller coaster for the Senators to say the least.
May 3 - 9:01 AM

Senators head coach Guy Boucher will be back with the team for the 2018-19 campaign.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion told TSN 1200 that Boucher and his entire staff will return next season. The Senators went to the Eastern Conference Final in Boucher's first year behind the bench, but they dropped to 30th overall in the league in 2017-18 with a 28-43-11 record.
May 1 - 2:34 PM

The Ottawa Senators had some bad luck during the draft lottery as they got the No. 4 pick overall, down from their projected finish of No. 2.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens both jumped into the top three thanks to the lottery, which pushed the Senators down. It's obviously an unfortunate development for the Senators, but GM Pierre Dorion put forth a positive look on it Saturday night. "I’m disappointed we didn’t get No. 1, but I’m excited that we got No. 4 if you look at what happened last year when three teams went into the top three and the No. 1 team (fell) to No. 4," Dorion said. "For us, the product of our bad season is that we know that we’re going to get a really good player at No. 4. That we’re really excited about and we’re really excited about that selection when it’s going to come up." Dorion added that the Senators will keep the pick. The Senators owe the Avalanche a first rounder as part of the Matt Duchene trade, but because their top pick is in the top-10 this year, they had the option of keeping the pick and giving the Avalanche their 2019 first-round pick instead.
Apr 29 - 7:57 AM

The Ottawa Senators will keep their 2018 first-round draft pick.

The Senators traded a conditional first-rounder to the Avalanche as part of the trade for Matt Duchene. Since the draft pick ended up being a top 10 selection, the Sens had the option to send it to Colorado anyway or keep this year's pick and send next year's first-rounder to Colorado instead. GM Pierre Dorion has decided to keep the pick, which will be the fourth overall selection in June's entry draft.
Apr 28 - 9:20 PM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion has declined to confirm that Guy Boucher will return in 2018-19 as the team's head coach.

Dorion doesn't plan on coming to a decision anytime soon. "A full evaluation of the coaching staff is under way right now, top to bottom," Dorion said. "There’s no real timeline. We want to give ourselves enough time to make a really thorough evaluation and no harsh decisions are going to be made right after the season. I don’t it’s for now. I don’t think it’s for the next few weeks, but at some point in time we’ll make a decision, but I don’t see it in the month of April." Boucher led the Senators to the Eastern Conference Final in his first campaign with the team. However, Ottawa collapsed this season and finished with a 28-43-11 record.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Apr 12 - 5:51 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Jean-Gabriel Pageau
3Colin White
4Logan Brown
5Filip Chlapik
LW1Zack Smith
2Mikkel Boedker
3Magnus Paajarvi
4Ryan Dzingel
5Tom Pyatt
6Clarke MacArthur
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Marian Gaborik
4Max McCormick
D1Erik Karlsson
2Cody Ceci
3Thomas Chabot
4Mark Borowiecki
5Ben Harpur
6Chris Wideman
7Christian Wolanin
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon