Player News - Senators

Date: Team: Pos:

Mike Blunden has signed with HC Bolzano of the Austrian league.

Blunden had six goals and 16 points in 45 AHL games last season. He's appeared in 127 career NHL contests.
Source: HCB.net
Jul 19 - 7:35 PM

Nick Paul agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Paul can earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $80,000 in the minors. He had a goal in 11 games with Ottawa last season. He also scored 14 goals and 27 points in 54 AHL contests.
Jul 16 - 3:10 PM

An issue with the offer the Ottawa Senators made to Erik Karlsson was reportedly the signing bonuses.

Ottawa reportedly offered Karlsson a contract close to the eight-year, $88 million that Drew Doughty signed with Los Angeles in terms of total value, but where the Senators' fell short was how much of it was in signing bonuses. Signing bonuses are paid in a lump sum rather than over the course of the season and stars will typically get contracts that are skewed in favor of them. Among other things, signing bonuses can offer the player with protection from losing significant money over the course of a lockout. The vast majority of John Tavares' contract for example is in signing bonuses. It sounds like that was an are where Ottawa either couldn't or wouldn't sufficiently compete though.
Jul 15 - 12:05 AM

Mark Stone receives an arbitration hearing date of August 3.

Stone is coming off a cap hit of $3.5 million. He scored 20 goals and 62 points in 58 games last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see Ottawa sign him to a long-term contract before his hearing.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 4:10 PM

Cody Ceci's arbitration hearing is set for August 1.

Ceci had a cap hit of $2.8 million in 2017-18. He scored five goals and 19 points in 82 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 3:55 PM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said there isn't any trade that's close or imminent.

"Despite what you might all read or report, very inaccurate," Yzerman said. There have been reports in the past about a trade involving Erik Karlsson going to Tampa Bay and of course so far he's remained with Ottawa. Such a trade still might happen, but this might not be an issue that's resolved in the near term. The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights have also previously been cited as possible destinations for Karlsson.
Jul 10 - 2:11 PM

Alex Burrows talked about the negative atmosphere in the Senators' locker room last season.

"It’s not only one thing. It’s not only (owner) Eugene (Melnyk) or coaches or players … Karl," said Burrows. "It seems like it was a lot of things that went on at the same time, and we didn’t really respond to it well. I blame myself for it. I should have been maybe more proactive or found a way to … but that’s the way it is sometimes. It’s personal stuff you think they’re not going to expose, but later on you realize maybe you should have done something about it." The Senators bought out the second season of Burrows' two-year, $5 million contract. After that, Burrows announced his retirement and has joined the coaching staff of AHL Laval.
Jul 10 - 11:16 AM

There's a report that we might actually be close to an Erik Karlsson trade involving the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Obviously, take this with a grain of salt. We've already had a report surface last week that a trade was done pending a call to the NHL and that didn't come to pass. Not much we can do but wait and see what happens next.
Jul 9 - 4:03 PM

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

Alex Burrows has retired from playing in the NHL.

Burrows will join the coaching staff of AHL's Laval Rocket for the 2018-19 season. He was bought out by the Ottawa Senators recently. Burrows had 205 goals, 409 points and 1,134 penalty minutes in 913 career NHL games.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 7 - 10:00 AM

The Dallas Stars might still be in the mix to acquire Erik Karlsson.

The reports regarding Karlsson has been something of a roller coaster for the last 36 hours or so. On Thursday night there was a report that a deal with Tampa Bay was imminent, pending only a trade call with the NHL. That hasn't come to pass and then on Friday afternoon it was reported that there was no imminent trade. Now it's been suggested that the Dallas Stars, who were previously believed to be in the mix before the Ottawa-Tampa Bay flurry of reports, might still have a chance to get Karlsson. At this point, nothing can really surprise. Even him ultimately re-signing with the Ottawa Senators, as improbable as that has seemed, might still come to pass.
Jul 7 - 3:59 AM

Marian Gaborik could become a buyout option for Ottawa, but that isn't possible yet because he is still injured.

A player needs to be healthy in order to be bought out, but Gaborik underwent surgery for a herniated disk in his back in April. He hasn't recovered from that surgery and that's removed that option from the Senators - at least for now. He has three seasons remaining on his $34.125 million contract.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 6 - 7:15 PM

There's reportedly no imminent trade on the Erik Karlsson front.

That doesn't mean Karlsson won't be traded, just that it might not happen soon. There was a report Thursday night that a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning was essentially done, pending a trade call to the league, but obviously that hasn't come to pass. So we shall wait.
Jul 6 - 5:13 PM

Mark Stone filed for arbitration on Thursday.

Stone, who had cap hit of $3.5 million last year, can't get an offer sheet by another team now. The 26-year-old can only get a one-year award in arbitration and he would become an unrestricted free agent once that expires. Ottawa would like to prevent that from happening by getting Stone to sign a long-term contract.
Jul 6 - 2:29 PM

Cody Ceci filed for arbitration before Thursday's deadline.

Ceci could end up with a one- or two-year deal if it goes to arbitration. He has had a cap hit of $2.8 million the past two years and could take on a larger role with the team if Erik Karlsson is traded. That could have a big impact on contract negotiations.
Jul 6 - 2:23 PM


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