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Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (46) / 8/3/1971

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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

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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

Ottawa Senators president Tom Anselmi has left the team.

Anselmi took over as president just over a year ago. The Ottawa Sun suggests that this was likely a mutual parting of the ways between Anselmi and the organization. One of his primary responsibilities was to help get ticket sales going again, but that simply hasn't been the case (the Sens had empty seats during their run to the Eastern Conference Final last spring). In the end, there's a good chance that he and owner Eugene Melnyk didn't see eye-to-eye anymore. The Senators also announced that general manager Pierre Dorion received a three-year contract extension on Friday evening.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion has signed a three-year extension with Ottawa.

Dorion is now locked up through the 2021-22 season. While this season hasn't been ideal for the Senators, they did get all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, so the decision to retain their general manager isn't shocking. The Senators also announced that Tom Anselmi will not continue to serve as the team's President and CEO.
Feb 9 - 6:11 PM

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk might consider moving the Senators if things don't improve.

"It just won’t happen," Melnyk said when asked what it would take for him to sell the Senators. "It’s a franchise, so imagine if you own a McDonald’s franchise, you can move it. But it’s nuts, why would you sell it? It’s something that’s very difficult to buy." Later on, Melnyk mentioned the possibility of relocation: "If it becomes a disaster? Yes. If you start not seeing crowds showing up, yes. For now, we are on the cusp of doing okay."
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 11:11:00 AM

The Ottawa Senators will play the 10 of the next 11 on the road, with three straight starting tonight against the New York Rangers.

Fortunately for the Senators, they have a 4-0-1 record away from the Canadian Tire Centre this season. The heavy battle tonight will likely be between Mika Zibanejad vs. Derick Brassard, two players that were traded for each other a couple of seasons ago. Brassard has 15 points in 18 games, while Zibanejad has 19 in 20. Starting a road trip with a win is very important, and the Senators will be hoping the momentum from knocking the Rangers out of the second round last year will carry over tonight.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Pierre Dorion and the Ottawa Senators have gained a Canadian Olympian heading into the prime of his career in the Matt Duchene trade.

Duchene and his speedy 26-year-old legs did not come without a considerable price tag in Dorion's biggest move as Senators GM so far. Kyle Turris, two years older and seven months away being a free agent, was the centerpiece the Senators parted with from their roster. They also bid adieu to a first and third round pick, two-way college prospect Shane Bower and goaltender Andrew Hammond, who has been silent since his 2015 fairy tale run. Duchene has the potential to be a better asset than Turris long-term, but with the draft picks and prospect going the other way, the Senators are investing in Duchene's 2015 form (70 points) rather than the 41 points he managed last season.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 09:07:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators will not have any healthy scratches for their afternoon game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Their only scratches will be Mark Borowiecki (illness), and Bobby Ryan (fractured finger). The Senators will look to build momentum after beating the Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Ottawa's power play has gone for 0-for-16 through three games this season.

The Senators went 0-for-4 against Vancouver on Tuesday night. On the bright side, Ottawa has killed off all nine power play chances for the opposition. Not having Erik Karlsson quarterbacking the man advantage is the biggest reason for the team's early-season struggles.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 09:00:00 AM

Former hockey executive and coach Bryan Murray passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74.

Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 that spread into his liver and lungs. "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss." Murray coached for 18 seasons in the NHL, while amassing 620 victories, and worked as the GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks and Senators. Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 01:55:00 PM

It was not surprising that Marc Methot was left unprotected by the Senators for the expansion draft.

That was pretty much expected once Dion Phaneuf declined to waive his no-movement clause. We expect the Vegas Golden Knights to draft Methot unless the Sens can make a side deal with them prior to the expansion draft. Ottawa chose to protect the following players: Derick Brassard, Ryan Dzingel, Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Cody Ceci, Erik Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf and Craig Anderson.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Jean-Gabriel Pageau
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Ryan Dzingel
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Tom Pyatt
6Clarke MacArthur
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Marian Gaborik
5Max McCormick
D1Erik Karlsson
2Cody Ceci
3Mark Borowiecki
4Fredrik Claesson
5Thomas Chabot
6Chris Wideman
7Ben Harpur
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon