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


Chiasson on the move? – Updated

Besides getting deals for Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci done this summer, the Ottawa Senators also needed to decide what to do with defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (good as gone?) and forward Alex Chiasson.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA tweeted out this earlier today:

Drafted in the second round (38 overall) of the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Dallas Stars, Chiasson -with Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, and a 2015 second round pick (Gabriel Gagne) for star forward Jason Spezza, and Ludwig Karlsson.

At 6’3” and 202 pounds, the right handed shooting winger has played 153 NHL games with the Senators. He’s scored 19 goals and has had 21 helpers over that period of time – hardly becoming the player they had hoped he would turn out to be…well for any significant amount of time.

Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel has reported that the Florida Panthers are currently seeking a 3rd line winger.

Chiasson certainly has the build the Panthers have been adding to their team, he’s also a winger, could something be done here?



The Ottawa Senators have traded Alex Chiasson to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Pat Sieloff.

Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens and no Boudreau


We are now two games into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League finals, with a couple of Senator prospects battling for the President’s Cup.

Game 1

2014 seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up an assist as his Rouyn – Noranda Huskies doubled up Shawinigan Cataractes. 2015 second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to give the Cataractes the lead in the third period but the Huskies scored three unanswered goals to win the game 4 – 2.

Game 2

Francis Perron picked up the only assist on the first goal of the night and scored the last goal as the Huskies downed the Cataractes 4 – 1 in game #2. Gabriel Gagne was held pointless snapping his 4 game point streak.

Perron is currently tied for the most points in the QMJHL playoffs with 27  points (11-16) in 15 games played. Gagne is tied for 7th with 20 points (10-10) in 18 games played.

Bruce Boudreau off the list

Cross a name off the list for possible Ottawa Senator coaching candidates, because former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has come to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

For a brief period it seemed like Boudreau and the Senators were a perfect fit as he had the experience the team was looking for and they were close to home for him. But as these things go, the Wild made Boudreau an offer that he couldn’t refuse, plus they’re built to win (and go deep) now while the Senators could be a playoff team nobody expects them to be more then a first round team they are still a bit away from being a contender.

In my opinion the door is now wide open for Bob Hartley, who I believe is the best choice, should GM Pierre Doirion offer the job to him.

2016 IIHF World Championship

  • Defenseman Chris Wideman picked up a power play goal as Team USA beat Team Belarus 6 – 3
  • Defenseman Codi Ceci picked up an assist and Forward Mark Stone had a goal and assist as Team Canada beat Team Hungary 7 – 1


Sunday Hits: Weekend roundup

Tourigny back behind the bench.

Former Assistant Coach of the Ottawa Senators, Andre Tourigny, has agreed to jump back behind the bench, this time as a Head Coach.

Tourigny, hired by the Senators on July 3rd 2015 and fired May 2nd 2016, has returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to coach the Halifax Mooseheads.

Prior to his NHL stint, Tourigny spent 2002 to 2013 with the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies, winning the Ron Lapointe Trophy (coach of the year) during the 2005 – 2006 season.

Boudreau interested in the Sens?

The Senators could probably have another name now on their list, Bruce Boudreau.

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson recently wrote that the Ottawa Senators are believed to be interested in acquiring the services of recently fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

With 8 division titles, and over 680 NHL games coached, Boudreau is certainly one of the more experienced coaches that have been linked to the Senators.

Chances are that Sen’s stand pat at the draft

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently wrote a column about the 2016 NHL Entry draft and how newly hired Senators GM Pierre Dorion plans to approach the draft.

While Dorion didn’t dismiss the possibility of trading the Senators 1st round draft pick (12th overall), he had this to say:

At the end of the day, if I had to predict where we’re going to pick in Buffalo, I’d probably have to say we’re going to pick 12th.

Q – Round up : Gagne vs. Perron

2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne  picked up an assist (9 goals, 10 assists in the playoffs thus far) in a 6 – 3 win over 2015 first round draft pick Thomas Chabot (3 goals, 18 assists) and the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes won the series 4 – 1 and moved on to play for the President Cup.

2014 Seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up 2 goals and had an assist (10 goals, 14 assists in 13 GP) in a 5 – 4 come from behind win over Senator prospect Cody Donaghey and the Moncton Wildcats.

Donaghey had 2 assists in the loss and finished his playoff season with 1 goal and 7 assists in 17 gp.

Perron and the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies took the series 4 – 2 and moved on to play for the President Cup.


Q-Round up: Jr. Sens

  • 2015 First round draft pick Thomas Chabot and the Saint John Sea Dog’s fell by a score of 4-3 in overtime to the Shawinigan Cataractes. Chabot picked up an assist to extend his playoff lead to 18. 2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne and the Cataractes lead the series 3-1
  • 2014 Seventh round draft Francis Perron and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the on the verge of eliminating prospect Cody Donaghey (acquired in the Dion Phanuef trade) and the Moncton Wildcats. The Huskies lead the series 3-1.

Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens Update

Thomas Chabot at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Thomas Chabot at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Thomas Chabot (Drafted 2015, Round 1, Pick 18) QMJHL

Thomas Chabot and the Saint John Sea Dogs fell 7 – 1 to the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Chabot picked up an assist on the only Sea Dogs goal scored by Matthew Highmore, his playoff leading 16th assist (18 points in 14 games.)


Gabriel Gagne at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Gabriel Gagne at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Gabriel Gagne (Drafted 2015, Round 2, Pick 36) QMJHL

Gabriel Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-1 to tie the series 1-1.

Gagne was held pointless for just third game thus far in the QMJHL playoffs. Gagne has 6 goals and 4 assists in 9 playoff games so far.


Colin White at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Colin White at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Colin White (Drafted 2015, Round 1, Pick 21) H-East

Colin White and Boston College Hockey team wrapped up their season last week by handing out their end of year awards. In his first season, White scored 19 goals and picked up 24 assists in 37 games.

White won the Bernie Burke Award for the most Outstanding Freshman.