Senators 2000 Draft Revisited - It Could Have Been Better

Senators 2000 Draft Revisited - It Could Have Been Better

April 5th, 2020 Being an Ottawa Senators fan is tough. From the early days when the team broke the Washington Capitals' record for most losses in a season, to more recent accusations that they're the worst-run franchise in a league where the Edmonton Oilers exist, life has not been easy in Canada's capital city....
Ben Bishop Trade Revisited

Ben Bishop Trade Revisited

April 3rd, 2020 Originally written in 2018. It wasn’t long ago that Ben Bishop donned the Ottawa Senators’ logo on the front of his jersey. But with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in the mix, the Senators had a decision to make - which goaltender would be the odd man out? Eventually, the Sens’ brass...

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March 25th, 2020
Senators History

When the New York Rangers traded Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanajad on July 18, 2016, the questionable move was deemed an early success when the Senators reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2017. After the Sens lost that series in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team went into a tailspin from which they have not yet recovered. Derick Brassard #19, Ottawa Senators - February 3, 2018. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Watching Zibanajad flourish with the Rangers adds salt to the wound of what has turned out to be one of general manager Pierre Dorion's worst moves. However, Pittsburgh may have dealt Ottawa a critical blow on May 5, 2017, but the Sens made a retaliatory strike on Feb. 23, 2018. Related: Ottawa Senators Legend - Chris Phillips On that day, the Sens traded Brassard, with Vincent Dunn and a third-round pick, for what is now a large part of the team's prospect pool. The Senators acquired Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson, and...
March 25th, 2020
Senators History

With only two jerseys retired in the history of the revived Ottawa Senators, there could stand to be some new additions. It could take some time, though. Defenseman Chris Phillips’ No. 4 jersey just got retired alongside long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson's (No. 11). Admittedly few others come close to matching their contributions to the team, with Phillips leading in games played (1,179) and Alfredsson just one behind (1,178), not to mention his accomplishment of having scored the most goals (426), assists (682) and points in team history. Ex-Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and ex-Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm - Credit: Dan4th However, if the Florida Panthers should arguably retire a few new jerseys themselves, the same argument can be made for the Sens, in spite of their lack of championship success. Which Senators should get the call? 3. Craig Anderson (No. 41) Goalie Craig Anderson probably has the slightest chance of the players on this list of...
March 23rd, 2020
Senators Goaltending

Since their first season in the NHL in 1992-93, the Ottawa Senators have struggled to find an uncontested number one goalie. The team has seen some great performances, such as Ray Emery's trip to the Stanley Cup Final or Andrew Hammond's 20-1-2 rookie season, but neither goalie followed up their feats with sustained success and was out of the Senators' organization soon after. Those that did stick around often struggled on bad teams, or never took over the starting role. Thankfully, the franchise hasn't always struggled, thanks to Patrick Lalime and Craig Anderson. Related: Ranking the Senators' 1990s First-Round Picks Both goalies, despite playing with very different teams in front of them, are remarkably similar. They immediately stabilized a shaky crease and provided solid goaltending for nearly their whole tenure. They also are the only two goalies in the modern franchise to surpass 100 wins, record multiple 30+ win seasons, and rank one and two in playoff appearances....
March 22nd, 2020
Senators Management

As the fate of the NHL season hangs in the balance due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now time to evaluate the Ottawa Senators organization. When the season was "paused" on March 13, the Sens had a record of 25-34-12 through 71 games. This had them on pace for 72 points, and second-to-last place in the league. While the team was once again mediocre on the ice, certain positives were put on display. In a season that has mostly been terrible, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  The On-Ice Product The Senators' record was obviously unacceptable in terms of wins, but a few players did stand out. Brady Tkachuk, whose rookie season opened the eyes of fans and made them realize how good a player he really is. Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Through 71 games played in 2019-20, he had 44 points, which is only one point less than his total in 2018-19. Had he maintained his pace, Tkachuk would have reached 50 points, which is...