10 Years Later: Daniel Alfredsson's 1,000th Point Game Remembered

10 Years Later: Daniel Alfredsson's 1,000th Point Game Remembered

October 22nd, 2020 Every player in every professional sport has a stadium or arena on the road where everything just seems to work out. For former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, that place was the KeyBank Center in Buffalo. A decade ago, on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, Alfredsson netted an improbable hat...
Senators Take Big Risk on Murray in Hopes of Big Reward

Senators Take Big Risk on Murray in Hopes of Big Reward

October 22nd, 2020 Make no mistake — Matt Murray is now the Ottawa Senators’ most important player. The success or failure of the Senators' rebuild depends primarily on the performance of their new goalie. Matt Murray won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was traded to the Senators on...
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October 15th, 2020
Senators History

The greatest player in the history of the National Hockey League took his place at the top of the scoring list on this date. Plus, if you wore a hat to a game on Oct. 15, there is a really good chance you threw it on the ice before the end of the night.   No. 99 Becomes Number One Packing the Northlands Coliseum to see Wayne Gretzky play was nothing new for Edmonton Oilers fans, but things were a bit different on Oct. 15, 1989. On this night, Gretzky was a member of the visiting Los Angeles Kings and entered the game trailing the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, Gordie Howe, by one point. Gretzky, who scored the first 1,669 points with the Oilers, gets an assist on Bernie Nichols’ first-period goal to tie Howe at 1,850 points. A decade and a day after scoring his first career goal, he broke the record by tying the game with just 53 seconds left in regulation. The fans in Edmonton gave their former hero a three-minute...
October 14th, 2020
Senators Prospects

Ottawa Senators prospect Tim Stützle is sidelined with an injury, the Carolina Hurricanes signed a recent second-round pick to an entry-level contract and the Philadelphia Flyers signed their fourth-round pick to an entry-level contract. Stützle Requires Surgery For Injury It was an impressive week for the Senators who landed Jake Sanderson and Tim Stützle at the draft and traded for/signed Matt Murray from the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, all good things come to an end and unfortunately, it looks like Stützle will miss some time due to an injury. The third-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft broke a bone in his hand during training camp in Germany with the Mannheim Eagles. He is expected to undergo surgery to repair the damage and will miss approximately six to eight weeks according to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion who released a statement on Tuesday: In consultation with doctors in Germany and with our own medical staff, it has been determined that...
October 14th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

For a kid growing up in a hockey market, there is nothing like playing for your hometown team in front of your friends and family. Erik Gudbranson is the latest in a long line of Ottawa area natives to fulfill that dream. The Ottawa Senators acquired the big, physical defenceman last week for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Related: Senators Legend - Chris Phillips Gudbranson grew up in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans. He played his minor hockey in Ottawa but left home at the age of 16 to play junior hockey. He was one of the top defencemen in juniors while playing with the Kingston Frontenacs, and was selected third overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers. Erik Gudbranson, former Anaheim Duck (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Not only does the acquisition of Gudbranson give the Senators some experience and a physical presence on the back end, but it also gives the team a local player. Having local talent has been a huge piece of the Senators’...
October 14th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

With a flat cap almost guaranteed for the next two seasons, this offseason has seen less money doled out to free agents and more cash-strapped teams making questionable moves. The Ottawa Senators have been relatively busy, trading for starting goalie Matt Murray, defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Josh Brown, and forward Austin Watson. They have also made a couple of depth signings, but they have yet to address many of the massive holes in their lineup. Related: Alexei Yashin Trade Revisited Some free agents are still available who would be good fits and also fill needs for the Senators next season. The franchise is currently sitting at $27 million below the cap and $6.5 million below the cap floor. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported the Senators are still interested in adding some forward depth, specifically at center (from 'GARRIOCH: Matt Murray wastes no time in signing a four-year extension with the Ottawa Senators,' Ottawa Sun, 10/10/2020). With the defense core...
October 11th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

In this edition of Ottawa Senators News & Rumors, I’ll share some of the news emerging from the Senators organization since the 2020 NHL Entry Draft this past week. From the outside looking in, it seems as if the Senators are successfully building the pieces, so that the team can emerge quickly from its rebuild. Item One: Senators Trade for and Sign Goalie Matt Murray In the biggest move of the week for the Senators, during the second day of the Draft, the Senators traded for goalie Matt Murray from the Pittsburgh Penguins. To get the 26-year-old Murray, the team sent a prospect (forward Jonathan Gruden) and a 2020 draft choice (the second-rounder previously picked up from the Columbus Blue Jackets – 52nd overall) to the Penguins. Related: Senators Get Bigger, But Not Better, on Draft Day 2 Senators general manager Pierre Dorion noted, "The acquisition of Matt Murray represents an important addition to our lineup. He's a proven goaltender who has considerable...
October 9th, 2020
Senators Prospects

The Ottawa Senators began their 2020 draft with class, having long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announce the first pick, Tim Stützle. They then surprised with the selection of Jake Sanderson at fifth and finished with taking Ridley Grieg at 28th overall. It was a strong first day and the players added will likely be cornerstones for the franchise moving forward. Related: Senators Add Skill, Size & Grit on Day 1 With such a successful start, the excitement was high as the Senators entered Day 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft. Armed with four second-round picks and two more thirds, the team seemed to be in the perfect place to grab some of the elite talent that had fallen out of the first round. Noel Gunler, Helge Grans, J-J Peterka, Roni Hirvonen, and Thomas Bordeleau, among others, were all ripe for the taking. Yet the Senators had a different plan. They looked at their prospect depth and thought that the biggest gap wasn't high-end skill, but size and strength. So, instead...