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Ottawa Senators 2018-19 Season Preview

Ottawa Senators 2018-19 Season Preview

September 17th, 2018 It's hard to believe that only two seasons ago, the Ottawa Senators were just one goal away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Entering last season, hopes were high for the club after the deep playoff run. That hype was fueled when the team acquired Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche, although it...
Ceci and the Senators: A Case Study in Salary Arbitration

Ceci and the Senators: A Case Study in Salary Arbitration

September 16th, 2018 The arbitration process grants eligible Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) an avenue to receive fair salaries for their play. However, it is one of the most misunderstood elements of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). While it does give players additional ways to receive fair pay, it is not...

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September 14th, 2018
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A trade that was long overdue, practically unavoidable and not surprising when it went down on Thursday, the San Jose Sharks just got a whole lot better while the Ottawa Senators jumpstarted a rebuild amidst responses from Sens fans that the organization got taken to the woodshed. For nearly a year, rumors swirled that Erik Karlsson was going to be moved and even though the player didn't say a word, the Senators spoke loudly when they made both subtle and obvious hints he wouldn't be part of their future. Only Karlsson and the Senators really know what happened in Ottawa. Neither side may never speak about the painfully-long drama that unfolded but it's not hard to put the pieces together and make an educated guess as to why a move elsewhere — even predicting a move to San Jose — was inevitable. By my best guess, here's what really happened. How the Karlsson Rumors Started With former Senators GM Bryan Murray at the helm, the organization was, if nothing else, respectable....
September 13th, 2018
San Jose Sharks

The Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson and Francis Perron to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2020 first-round pick and a conditional 2019 second-round pick, the Sharks announced Thursday. If the Sharks re-sign Karlsson the Senators receive a conditional second-round pick in 2021 which would become a first-round pick if the Sharks make it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. If Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster (reserve list_ during the 2018-19 season, the Sharks would have to send the Senators an additional first-round pick no later than 2022. A trade involving Karlsson has been in the works for months and despite the fact that it was expected, a deal of this size will always come as huge news. With 126 goals and 518 points in 627 career games, the 28-year-old defender has proven year in and year out that he is...
September 9th, 2018
Ottawa Senators

In today's rumor rundown, Matt Duchene says he owes it to himself to do what's best for his career personally, Kevin Bieksa is looking for the "perfect fit", the Hurricanes expect to pick up talks with their top scorer and an Edmonton Oilers' insider says never say never to a Taylor Hall return. Matt Duchene Looking Forward to Free Agency In a recent interview with Frank Seravalli, Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene said he understands there is a lot going on in Ottawa right now, and that while he’s open to signing a contract extension, knows there is a process to getting something done. He has options that he owes to himself worth exploring. Duchene said he understands why John Tavares hit the free agency market this summer. In a quote that many are reading as the first sign Duchene is looking elsewhere, he said, “It’s the first time you have that ultimate power as a player and you have to do what’s best for you." He hasn't ruled out signing an extension with the...
September 5th, 2018
Ottawa Senators

After a year finishing second-last in the NHL and being surrounded by drama, trade rumours, and ownership issues, the Ottawa Senators are ready for a change. The players have spoken out in the media, in exit interviews, and there's a general sense that something in the nation's capital has to give. The conflict between Mike Hoffman's fiancée Monika Caryk and Erik Karlsson's wife Melinda started the offseason for the Senators. Caryk was accused of harassment and cyberbullying towards Melinda, resulting in the Karlsson’s filing a peace bond against Caryk. It wasn't long before Hoffman was traded out of Ottawa. Adding to the soap opera that has become the Senators, assistant general manager Randy Lee is being charged with harassment against a 19-year-old shuttle bus driver. Lee recently stepped down as the team's AGM to focus on his court proceedings. With both of these storylines complimented by the trade rumours surrounding Karlsson, Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan, and Craig...