NHL Rumors: Oilers, Wild, Senators, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Wild, Senators, More

February 10th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers are set to announce an extension and they've made a few lineup changes, Jason Zucker comments on trade rumors out of Minnesota, and why aren't the Ottawa Senators and Jean-Gabriel Pageau even talking? Oilers Extend Darnell Nurse? While it's...
Senators' Future Lies in Wise Spending

Senators' Future Lies in Wise Spending

February 10th, 2020 It has been long publicized that the Ottawa Senators are not a team with a high hockey budget. For many years, the team has been mired in controversial acts of asset mismanagement. This has been a serious issue for the Senators that has resulted in the departure of players like Erik Karlsson, Mark...

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February 5th, 2020
Senators History

From the 1998-99 to 2006-07 NHL campaigns, the Ottawa Senators dominated the regular season with teams that were some of the best in franchise history. As we know, the Sens failed to capitalize in the postseason but came very close in 2007, making it to the Stanley Cup Final. However, the team that I believe was the best is the 2005-06 Senators. This team was the best chance that Ottawa has ever had for a Stanley Cup. The Prelude to Dominance With the Senators dominating in the regular season for nearly a decade with little playoff success, changes had to be made. The 2003-04 rendition of the Senators were once again good in the regular season, and secured a playoff position. They played the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons. When the Senators once again lost to the Leafs in 2004, it was clear something needed to change. The scapegoat for that series? Patrick Lalime, despite playing a decent series against Toronto, he was pulled...
February 5th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan practised with the team Wednesday for the first time since entering the NHL/National Hockey League Players' Association assistance program in November. Head coach D.J. Smith said there's no timetable for Ryan to return to the lineup as he gets back into game shape. The NHL and the NHLPA announced Nov. 20 that Ryan would take part in the assistance program, and did not offer further comment at the time. "We're looking forward to seeing him compete with us on a daily basis and work his way back into the lineup," Senators goalie Craig Anderson said following Wednesday's practice. The No. 2 overall pick by Anaheim in the 2005 NHL draft, Ryan has one goal and three assists in 16 games this season. Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) The 32-year-old has registered 250 goals and 301 assists in 825 career games with Anaheim and Ottawa. Ryan is the highest-paid player on the Senators. His...
February 5th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA — Rickard Rakell scored the shootout winner as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night. Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase had goals in regulation time for Anaheim (22-26-5), which has won four of its last five. John Gibson made 30 saves as the Ducks improved to 2-0-0 on their five-game road trip that started with a 3-1 win in Los Angeles against the Kings. Drake Batherson and Artem Anisimov replied for Ottawa (18-24-11), while Marcus Hogberg stopped 26 shots. With 10 home games this month the Senators hope to improve their record at Canadian Tire Centre where they're 1-4-5 in their last 10. Anaheim opened the scoring midway through the first period as Ritchie tipped Hampus Lindholm's shot to beat Hogberg. Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports) The Senators tied the game early in the period as Batherson scored a power-play goal for his second of the season. Kase took a bounce off the back boards...
February 3rd, 2020
Senators Prospects

With the trade deadline less than a month away, the Ottawa Senators are keeping a close eye on the top performing players from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Belleville Senators. As the team focuses on rebuilding and developing their young players, management must consider where the team needs more strength and which of their AHL prospects will be the best fit for the 2020-21 season. Ottawa’s 14.47% power-play percentage sits 5.59% below the 2019-20 league average. Head coach D.J Smith must select the players who are willing to buy into his defensive-minded style and who will create more offensive opportunities. However, former Belleville players Logan Brown and Drake Batherson have been great offensive additions to the 2019-20 Senators. Since Smith loves to work with and develop players, he will likely bring in more prospects from Belleville. Belleville centreman Josh Norris, left winger Alex Formenton and goalie Joey Daccord have grabbed the Senators'...