Senators, Blackhawks Swap Smith, Anisimov

Senators, Blackhawks Swap Smith, Anisimov

July 16th, 2019 OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators traded forward Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks for centre Artem Anisimov on Tuesday. Smith, 31, had been the current longest-serving member of the Senators after being drafted 79th overall in the 2008 NHL draft. T...
Senators’ Undervalued Balcers Bound for Full-time Role

Senators’ Undervalued Balcers Bound for Full-time Role

July 16th, 2019 The Ottawa Senators are heading into the 2019-20 season with a very different lineup from the one that started the 2018-19 season. The departure of high calibre players like Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, and Ryan Dzingel, means that the Senators’ younger forwards will have ample opportunity to move...

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July 5th, 2019
Senators Transactions

The battle of Ontario had a ceasefire on Canada Day, with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs making another multi-player trade. The centrepiece of the trade was swapping right-handed defencemen Cody Ceci and Nikita Zaitsev. However, Ottawa gained an underrated and valuable player in right-winger Connor Brown. At 25 years old, Brown joins a team in the opposite situation of the Leafs, but he is ready to embrace the opportunity with the rebuilding Senators. "I’m excited to play for Smitty and the opportunity. It’s going to be fun there,"from, 'The Senators have put the pieces in place to get ready for September' - Ottawa Sun - 07/02/19. Former Toronto Maple Leaf Patrick Marleau celebrates with Josh Leivo, Andreas Johnsson and Connor Brown. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette) Opportunity in Ottawa's Top-Six Though Brown was a depth right winger for the Maple Leafs, he’ll have the opportunity to step into a top-six role with the Senators next season. In...
July 2nd, 2019
Senators Prospects

The 2019 NHL Draft was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. After a terrible season, the team needed some big prospects who could be important parts of the team's future. However, once the dust had settled and the draft had come to a close, onlookers were more than a little confused with Ottawa's selections, most of all with the 32nd pick, Shane Pinto. Shane Pinto, Ottawa Senators, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers Pinto, the 28th best North American prospect according to the Central Scouting Bureau, was admittedly a slight reach for the Senators to take with the first pick in the second round. However, it looked all that much worse with first-round leftovers Arthur Kaliyev, Bobby Brink and Raphael Lavoie still waiting to hear their names called. Related: Senators Reach for Future in 2019 Draft But general manager Pierre Dorion had a plan for the future, and for it to work, he needed Pinto. The skills he offers are just what Ottawa needs at this...
July 1st, 2019
Senators Transactions

The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $3.5 million contract and forward Tyler Ennis to a one-year, $800,000 contract. https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1145694825121013760 The two former Toronto Maple Leafs are joining Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown, both of whom were traded to the Senators in a six-player deal earlier today. General manager Pierre Dorion said earlier in the offseason that his club was looking to add two veterans to his team and they got that in the 38-year-old Hainsey and 29-year-old Ennis. (From: "Free agency: Senators might be interested in adding a veteran defenceman" - Ottawa Citizen - June 29, 2019). Hainsey has had a 16-year NHL career and brings a wealth of experience to this young Senators group. He has 1,068 games played, scoring 58 goals and 299 points. He also helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2017. The defender has spent the last two seasons with the Maple Leafs, collecting nine...
July 1st, 2019
Senators Transactions

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carcone to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick. https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/1145659133221363712 The trade isn't a shock to the hockey world, as it comes two days after it was speculated, and a day after Zaitsev waved his no trade-clause for the deal to happen. Zaitsev reportedly asked for a trade from the Maple Leafs on May 30. After a strong 2016-17 rookie season that saw him collect 36 points, the defender signed a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. He hasn't been able to find that early success, netting only 13 and 14 points in the two seasons following. Related: NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Stars, Sens, Canucks, More Brown is a sweetener for the Senators, in order to take on the remaining five years of Zaitsev's contract. Brown has been an effective forechecker for the Maple Leafs, playing every game for them the...