Player News - Senators

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Patrick Sieloff has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

The first year of the contract will have an annual value of $675,000 in the NHL and $125,000 at the AHL level, while the second year is worth $725,000 in the NHL and $170,000 in the AHL. Sieloff was named the Belleville Senators defenseman of the year in 2017-18. He amassed 108 penalty minutes, one goal and nine assists in 58 appearances. Sieloff scored a goal in his only outing with Ottawa this past season.
May 22 - 12:21 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

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said that contract talks with Cody Ceci have been "preliminary."

Ceci will be a restricted free agent this summer. He was second on the team in average ice time per game (23:20) in 2017-18 and he generated 19 points over 82 games.
May 2 - 8:58 AM

Mark Stone is a key restricted free agent for the Senators this off-season.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion told TSN 1200 on Tuesday that discussions on a new deal have only been "preliminary" at this stage. Stone just completed a three-year, $10.5 million contract and he will be looking for a raise. He missed the last 15 games of the regular season, but still co-led the Senators with 62 points in 58 appearances. Stone has been a 20-goal scorer for four straight years and he has surpassed the 60-point plateau in three of those campaigns.
May 2 - 8:53 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

Thomas Chabot is excited to play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

"It's not just Connor [McDavid], it's other guys in the lineup that may not be at Connor's level but they're still unreal players," said Chabot. "Being 21-years-old after my first season in the NHL and to get to play with other guys from the league and see what they do and learn about them is going to be special." Ottawa teammate Jean-Gabriel Pageau was also invited by Hockey Canada to compete in the tournament.
Apr 25 - 9:16 AM

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

Colin White has been returned to Belleville of the AHL.

White appeared in 21 games with Ottawa in 2017-18 and he contributed six points. He picked up two assists in last Saturday's regular-season finale. White will try to earn a more permanent spot on he Senators next year.
Apr 11 - 10:42 AM

Filip Chlapik has been assigned to the AHL's Belleville Senators.

Chlapik recorded one goal and three assists in 20 games with Ottawa this year. He will finish the campaign in the minors and battle for a roster spot next season.
Apr 11 - 10:32 AM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said Tuesday night that Erik Karlsson will not be traded at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Dorion and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk met with about 300 season ticket holders. Dorion made his intentions known that the team plans to offer Karlsson an eight-year contract extension on July 1. He has one more season left on his current deal and it's unclear if the Senators will be able to give him what he wants.
Apr 11 - 9:18 AM

Erik Karlsson did not like the way he played for most of the 2017-18 season.

"After Christmas, I was able to play the way I wanted to play and unfortunately before then, I wasn't," Karlsson said. "That had a lot to do with why we weren't able to take ourselves out of the slump we were in. I don't think that I played at the level that I need to for this team to be successful at the time and that's something that's on me. I'm very disappointed about that and I'm going to make sure that's something that never happens again. This has been the toughest year of my career since I came here nine years ago — both professionally and personally. I'm going to try and learn from it and take away all the positives things." Despite some struggles, Karlsson still finished with nine goals and 63 points in 71 games. He certainly wasn't the sole reason behind Ottawa's struggles. It will be interesting to see if he's back with the Senators next year, as trade rumors could heat up again going into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 10 - 9:20 AM

Andreas Englund has been returned to Belleville of the AHL.

Englund logged 11:21 of ice time against Boston last Saturday in Ottawa's regular-season finale. It was his only appearance with the big club this year after he played in five games at the NHL level in 2016-17.
Source: TheAHL.com
Apr 9 - 5:45 PM


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