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Ottawa Senators Give Thomas Chabot An Eight-Year Extension (AAV $8M)

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year contract extension.

"Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice. He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team in the National Hockey League," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He is an NHL all-star; an elite skater and puck-mover who plays with pace and determination. We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team over the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team's future success moving forward. Today is a great day for the Ottawa Senators franchise."

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Casino Sues Eugene Melnyk For Money Owed

via CBC,

A casino in Connecticut is suing Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk for more than $900,000, saying he tried and failed to pay them with bank drafts over a winter weekend in 2017.

The lawsuit was filed by the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., roughly halfway between Boston and New York City, on July 9 of this year.

Court documents allege Melnyk tried to pay the casino with five bank drafts totalling $900,000 over the weekend of March 17, 2017, and those drafts were then "dishonoured" by a bank.

The casino management wants that money back, plus $15,000 in damages, costs and interest.

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New Enthusiasm In Ottawa

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I definitely think if the players step up to the plate we can surprise some people,” said Dorion when asked if the Senators can be a playoff team next spring? “The worst is behind, I’ve said that many times, and, at the same time, we’re going to put the onus on them and this coaching staff to see where this team can be at the end of the year.”

Dorion said there’s a lot to be excited about with the changes that were made.

“This is definitely something new for us,” Dorion said. “It’s my fourth year being GM here and we’ve had some ups and some downs, but with the new players we brought in we’ve got a new enthusiasm with this group and we’re really excited about the coaching staff we’ve put together and we can’t wait for it to start Friday.”

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A Different Look Behind The Bench For The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Not only will there be a new look for the Ottawa Senators on the ice this coming season, there will be a new look off it, as well.

As the Senators prepare to open training camp Sept. 13 with medicals at the Canadian Tire Centre, newly appointed head coach D.J. Smith, along with assistants Jack Capuano, Davis Payne, Bob Jones, goalies coach Pierre Groulx and video coach Mike King have spent the past week huddled in their offices in the bowels of the rink.

There is no shortage of work to do to get the Senators back to respectability, so when the 42-year-old Smith went looking for people to fill the assistants roles on his staff, he wanted to make sure he got the right people in place. Groulx, who has done a good job with the goalies the past three years, is the only holdover from the previous coaching staff.

Smith wanted to find the right mix when he did his extensive search for a staff in late-May and June. This is his first NHL head-coaching job and there are a lot of people in his position who wouldn’t go with guys with previous experience as NHL head coaches — such as Payne with St. Louis and Capuano with the New York Islanders.


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A Six-Year Deal For Colin White In Ottawa

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Colin White to a six-year contract.

"We've identified Colin as one of our core young players who will help drive our team's success in both the short and long term," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "Colin plays the 200-foot game that is so coveted in today's NHL. He can skate, play on both special teams and is a character player and leader who loves hockey and this city. While he is coming off a season where he finished among rookie leaders in many categories, we also know he is just scratching the surface of his potential in this league. We're very happy that Colin will be a Senator for the next six years."

In his first full NHL season, White scored 14 goals and added 27 assists for 41 points in only 71 games. His 41 points were fifth among all NHL rookies, while his 27 assists were third and his 14 goals ranked seventh. He became only the eighth Ottawa Senator in team history to score 40 or more points in his rookie season.

via Sens Communications tweet,

Colin White’s six-year contract with the #Sens breaks down as follows: $4M in 2019-10, $4M in 2020-21, $4.75M in 2021-22, $4.75 in 2022-23, $4.75M in 2023-24 and $6.25M in 2024-25.

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Video- Season Preview For The Ottawa Senators

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

The Ottawa Senators will have a much different look when they open the NHL season at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2, both behind the bench and on the ice.

Former Maple Leafs assistant D.J. Smith was hired as Senators coach May 23. He specializes in developing young players and teaching defensive responsibilities, two of the mandates set by general manager Pierre Dorion in an attempt to improve Ottawa.

"We're excited about the turnover on our roster," Dorion said. "Not just the young players but the veterans. It's a significant difference, and we're trying to do this the proper way, adding quality, character core guys. Their mentorship can be valuable for our team success moving forward.

"We feel D.J.'s the man who can teach our kids and mix in some of the older guys -- the perfect mix for our rebuild."


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All Pierre Dorian

In a one-on-one interview, general manager Pierre Dorion discussed with Sportsnet’s Wayne Scanlan his off-season moves, his notoriously low roster payroll and why he is so bullish on the upcoming season with new coach D.J. Smith behind the bench.

Sportsnet: Pierre, how would you characterize this off-season as far as the Ottawa Senators are concerned?

Pierre Dorion: It’s been a very productive off-season. I think we’ve made a lot of changes. Right from the end of the year until now, the first and biggest thing was the hiring of (head coach) D.J. Smith. We hired someone we feel is going to grow with these players. And someone who’s going to set the culture where we need it to be for us to have a lot of success going forward.

I think the other thing we’ve done, while we’ve created opportunity for young players, at the same time we’ve brought in veterans, guys we feel are going to help these young players grow and develop. And we made some trades that will help us short term but also in the long term — the trade we made with Toronto in getting Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown (for Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur), as well as the trade for Artem Anisimov, who we feel will play really well in our system.

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Ottawa Trades Mike Condon To Tampa For Ryan Callahan

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the team has acquired forward Ryan Callahan from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Mike Condon. As part of the transaction, the Senators will also receive Tampa Bay's fifth-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft while the Lightning will receive Ottawa's sixth-round selection.

Callahan, 34, has one season remaining on his contract and was placed on long-term injured reserve after suffering a career-ending back injury and a degenerative back disease diagnosis this past season. 

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Chicago/Ottawa Trade


added 2:53pm, Ottawa release is below.

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The Ottawa/Toronto Trade Is Official

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the club has acquired defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, forward Connor Brown and forward Michael Carcone from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Cody Ceci, defenceman Ben Harpur, forward Aaron Luchuk and Columbus' third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft (previously acquired by Ottawa).

"We're bringing in two highly competitive players that we like as long-term fits for our team. Both are the type of true professionals who match with the culture we want to put in place here in Ottawa," said general manager Pierre Dorion. "Nikita is a physical right-shot defenceman who defends hard, fills lanes and blocks shots. Connor has scored 20 goals in the league and is excellent on the forecheck and the penalty kill. We feel both players will add to our depth and fit well within the structure we want our team to play."

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