Midweek Recap

A collection of Ottawa Senators articles from around the web!

Cameron back behind the bench

Former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron will be back behind the bench in the NHL for the 2016 – 17 season. Cameron will serve as assistant coach to Glen Gulutzan in Calgary with the Flames. –TSN

Chabot underwhelms

2015 first round draft pick (18 overall) Thomas Chabot seems to have assistant general manager Randy Lee disappointed with what he had at the Senators Development camp.

“I thought Thomas should have been a bit more intense, I thought Thomas should have dominated”

“I think Thomas should look at the landscape and see we’ve got six signed defencemen (to NHL contracts) … Thomas and I have talked about it.”

-Randy Lee, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager

-Ottawa Sun

Curious case of Mike Hoffman

Don Brennan, of the Ottawa Sun, wrote a good article about Senators forward Mike Hoffman. The lightning-rod restricted free agent still need to show what hes got (as crazy as that sounds.)

Before they give him $25 million over five seasons, or $20 million over four, or whatever the ask is, they want to make sure Hoffman is more than just a first three-quarters of the season wonder.

-Ottawa Sun

Hoffman has also decided to file for Salary Arbitration. Salary arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4.




Name : Ryan Dzingel
Position: Center
Age: 24 (03.09.92)
Shoots: Right
Term: one -year two- way contract.
Price tag: $750k (NHL) / $72.5k (AHL)
Comparables: Cedric Paquette ($812.5k), Zach Sill ($612.5k), Cody Bass ($612.5k)

Drafted in the 7th round (204 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

2015 -2016: In his second season in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Dzingel set career highs in assists (24) and points (36) in 44 games.

He also spent time with the Ottawa Senators. In 30 games Dzingel scored 3 goals and had 6 assists.


Name: Fredrik Claesson
Position: Defense
Age: 23 (11.24.92)
Shoots: Left
Term: one -year two- way contract.
Price tag: $700k (NHL) / $100k (AHL)
Comparables: Chris Wideman ($800k), Mark Barberio ($750k), Zach Trotman ($650k)

Drafted in the 5th round (126 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

2015 -2016: In his fourth season in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Claesson had 3 goals and 7 assists in 55 games.

He also spent time with the Ottawa Senators. In 16 games Claesson picked up two helpers – plus 33 hits and 30 blocked shots.




Sunday Hits -07.03.16

A collection of headlines from the past 24 hours.

Thunder brewing

According to KSN TV  Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee said the Senators East Coast Hockey League affiliate would be the Wichita Thunder.

The Senators had used the Evansville IceMen last season as their ECHL Affiliate, but the team has ECHL approval to relocate to Owensboro, Kentucky, pending a complete renovation of the Owensboro Sports Center.

First Scrimmage in the books

Ken Warren at the Ottawa Citizen has some quotes from a few Senators prospects after  Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the clubs development camp at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

Forward Gabriel Gagne:

“I have to, with my size, be a power forward, I have to be hard. I have to shoot, move my feet, finish my hits. I have to show everybody I can finish my hits, win my one-on-one battles.”

Forward Markus Nurmi:

“This year, I have to get some muscles and more weight, that’s the thing.”

Forward Logan Brown:

This summer, I’m really working on my explosiveness, and that’s what is missing in my game. The big goal for everyone is to make the big step (to the NHL) at 18, but I’m definitely going to try and do that, and make it hard for the Senators to send me back to Windsor.”

White and Chabot

More from the Ottawa Citizen, forward Colin White will in fact return to Boston College for another season (Darren Dreger tweeted this would probably happen back in May.)

“I’m going back to school. We’ll see what happens and go from there. Development wise, it will be good for me to get bigger and stronger. We all decided that it would be best for me.” – Colin White

As for defenseman Thomas Chabot, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion believes that he will be able to push for a spot this season on the clubs roster.

“It’s nice to hear that. Since I’ve been two years old, I have been thinking about playing in the NHL one day.” – Thomas Chabot

Thursday Hits – Perron and Hudler


Senators prospect Francis Perron recently spoke about his goals this offseason:

“I want to be 175 pounds for main training camp. Right now, I’m at 163 or 162. For sure, I lost five or six pounds in the last two months of the season. It was a lot of hockey, but it’s part of it. You have to pay a price when you go that far.”

“It’s a big summer of training for me, to put on some weight,”


In my opinion this could be a guy that surprises a lot of people. He isn’t the biggest guy, but he’s got a good amount of speed and skill. Perron  put up 108 points in 62 games with the Rouyn-Noranda, Huskies (good enough for second best in the QMJHL) and he led all QMJHL players in postseason assists and points. He’s certainly a guy I’ve got my eye on.


Mike Traikos over at the National Post did a piece looking at all of the  Canadian teams, here’s a bit of what he had to say about the Ottawa Senators:

Best-Case Scenario: Though he had a down year in Calgary, Jiri Hudler scored six goals and 11 points in 19 games after getting traded to Florida. He might not be the 31-goal scorer he was in 2014-15, but he could reach the 20-goal mark.

Hudler is a skilled player who can still collect points and on paper it would look nice to see him alongside a guy like Pageau. While I don’t think we’ll see him make $4 million a season, I also don’t think he’d be willing to take a $2 Million dollar a season contract (which is what I’d assume the Senators would be willing to offer for a 3rd line player.) My guess is Hudler goes for 2 – 3 years at 3 – 3.5 a season.

Watch and Listen

Tuesday Hits -Rumors & Prospects

Pats are Ahl in

The 2016 CHL Import draft took place today at 11am, at pick 31 the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League took Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Ahl.



On the market

The Ottawa Senators did not make a $2.7M qualifying offer to defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, making him a free agent on July 1st. I had assumed that Senators GM Pierre Dorion would try to flip Wiercioch for a pick/prospect but it seemed there was no market.

Development Camp

The Ottawa Senators development camp will run from June 28 – July 4. The Senators have 36 players attending – including all of this years draft picks.

Camp Roster

Ottawa Senators

QF Offers

Chris Kelly rumblings

Heard it on TSN1200 this morning, could Chris Kelly be someone that GM Pierre Dorion targets on July 1st.

Drafted in the third round (94 overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry draft  by the Ottawa Senators, Kelly spent his first three seasons in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL, playing with the Senators for six – years.

Kelly was dealt to the Boston Bruins on February 15, 2011, for a second-round draft pick in 2011 (Shane Prince.)

This isn’t the first time the Senators were rumored to be in the hunt for Kelly – before he signed a four year deal with the Bruins it was believed the Senators would like to reacquire his services.

Pierre Dorion has already expressed he’d like to find a “character” bottom – six player this offseason and Kelly certainly fills that bill – only time will tell if Kelly and the Senators can get back together.



Monday hits: Contracts, Draft, Preseason

Show  me the money!

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Garrioch had a few interesting bits to report on.
Chance are the Senators will not give defenseman Patrick Wiercioch a $2.7 Million dollar qualifying offer.

“It’s $2.7 million to qualify him. Is he worth that money? Is better off going somewhere else? Of course, we’ve talked with the agent and we’ve talked there’s other situations we can explore and that’s what we’re going to do these next few weeks,”

I’d be surprised if the Senators didn’t get at the very least a later round draft pick for Wiercioch, he’s got NHL experience and while there are certainly flaws in his game with his size I’d be shocked if someone didn’t bite hoping a “change of scenery” is all he needs to elevate his game.
Mike Hoffman and the Senators haven’t yet talked about keeping the winger in Ottawa,.

While he’s certainly been the whipping boy in the past I would guess the two sides come together and hammer something out. A new coach that Hoffman’s had success in the past with and $$$ go a long way to mend wounds.
Cody Ceci’s agent J.P. Barry and Senators GM Pierre Dorion will meet again as they try to work out a deal.

Mad Max

Senators prospect Max McCormick is switching up his off season training regiment in hopes to make see more action with the Senators.

“You want to stay there. I was up and down three different times this year. I think I got my foot in the door, and I have to continue to prove myself and prove that I belong there and play in the NHL full-time.”

Drafted in the 6th round (171) of the 2011 NHL Entry draft, McCormick played 20 games with the Senators this season, scoring twice and adding two assists.

McCormick will be training with players like Joe Pavelski and Tom Gilbert with the University of Wisconsin strength coach Jim Snider.

“I’m training with guys that are more experienced than me and are better players than me, I can kind of chase them, and they’ll push me a little more.”

Green bay press gazette 

Drafting with confidence

For those of you who have little faith in the Senators drafting ability, according  to  Postmedia’s ranking of draft performance since 2005 the Senators earned some top grades.

The Senators were 22nd in draft position and ranked fifth in games played, 11th in points generated.

Toronto Sun


The Senators have announced their pre-season schedule:

2016-17 Ottawa Senators pre-season schedule (all times Eastern)

Monday, Sept. 26: Ottawa vs. Toronto (in Halifax, N.S.) 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Montreal at Ottawa, 3 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3: Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Toronto vs. Ottawa (in Saskatoon), 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Hits – A little of this a little of that

Chlapik recovering nicely

According to The Guardian, Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Chlapik has made steady progress on recovering from an upper-body injury that has kept him sidelined since the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Drafted in the second round (48th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry draft, Chlapik had 54 points in 52 games with the Charlottetown Islanders. In 116 QMJHL games, Chlapik has scored 45 goals and picked up 84 assists (129 points.)

Turris “almost” 100%

Speaking to the Ottawa Citizen, Senators forward Kyle Turris had this to say about his high ankle sprain that cut his season short:

“The last two, three weeks have been very good,I  got on the ice for the first time a week ago, and felt good. In training, I’m doing things I could do before so I’m almost back to 100%.”

No Norris for Karlsson?

Over at ESPN, Scott Burnside questions if Erik Karlsson (and his ridiculous 82 points on the season) should win the Norris Trophy. He lists Brent Burns (SJ) and Drew Doughty (LA) as two D-Men up there with Karlsson.


Weekly Updates: at the Juniors and Worlds

IIHF Update

  • ceciCody Ceci has one goal and four assists in five games played for team Canada. He leads all Canadian Defensemen in assists and is tied for most points among Dmen.


  • Mark Stone has two goals and one assist and is a +4 in four games played for team Canada.


  • Chris Wideman has two goals and two assist in five games played for team USA, he’s tied for most points among US Defensemen.



President Cup Champions!


Senator prospect Francis Perron collected three assists, and led all QMJHL players in postseason assists and points, as the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes to capture their first President Cup Trophy.