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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away

 

 

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Video- Spend A Summer Day With Dion Phaneuf And His Wife Elisha

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Eugene Melnyk On The Olympics

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

...there has been talk that the Washington Capitals will allow winger Alex Ovechkin to attend to play with Russia, but if Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson wanted to go suit up for Sweden, Melnyk doesn’t believe that would be possible.

It’s believed the league will have a blanket policy on the subject before the season.

“If (Karlsson) came to me it would simply be a referral to the NHL offices,” Melnyk said. “They took over. I don’t have to make a decision. The decision was made by them. He has to deal with whatever those meetings if they occur.”

Melnyk said the Olympics should be a stage for amateur players.

“This should be amateur as it always was intended from the beginning of time,” he added. “It’s an amateur competition. Keep it that way. Now you’ve got boxing matches. You’ve got professionals, making multi-million dollars.”

The concern for Melnyk naturally is injury to the likes of Karlsson or any other star player. The Senators lost goalie Dominik Hasek in 2006 in Turin with a groin injury while playing for the Czech Republic and he never returned to the club’s net.

“That was our year to win a Stanley Cup. We had all the momentum to win a Stanley Cup or, at the very least, get into the Stanley Cup final. We were there,” Melnyk said. “He wanted to go play for the Czech Republic. We let him go.

“The first game he left and he doesn’t play another game for us.

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Chris Neil Looking For The Right Fit

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Four weeks into NHL free agency, unsigned tough guy Chris Neil remains confident he'll find a job that appeals to him....

"Everything is pretty quiet right now," Neil said. "Obviously, I've had some offers from teams. Looking at it, it wasn't the right fit at the time. There's some stuff in the air, and we're still going through it. It's not just me I'm thinking about. It's my wife and my kids. It's got to be the right kind of fit, like Ottawa has been through my whole career."

The fact that August is around the corner and he still doesn't have a contract does not worry Neil, who is looking for a one-year, one-way offer.

"I'm confident, because of the chats we've had with teams," he said. "You look at the free agent players that are out there now, there's a lot of veteran players that are good reliable players, and I'm one of those guys. You can't read too much into it. It's no different than any other year.

"I'm just kind of sitting back and enjoying the summer, and spending time with my family. Everyone's asking, 'Are you stressed?' I'm not stressed at all. Like I've always said, God has a way for me, and he'll lead me in the right direction."

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Ottawa Signs Johnny Oduya To A One-Year Contract

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has signed defenceman Johnny Oduya to a one-year, $1 million contract. The contract has games played, time-on-ice and playoff bonuses that could add up to another $1,250,000 to the one million guarantee.

Oduya, 35, started last season with the Dallas Stars, before a February trade that returned him to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 52 regular-season games, he recorded two goals and nine points. He also dressed for all four of Chicago's playoff games.

A Stockholm native, Oduya has scored 37 goals and recorded 145 assists in 798 career games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, Chicago and Dallas. He has played in 106 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and was a member of the Blackhawks' 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Championship teams.

Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals with their seventh-round selection (221st overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft, Oduya represented his native Sweden in the Winter Olympic Games in both 2010 and 2014.

added 9:31am, via tweets from Sens Communications,

The five $250K bonuses: top 5 in TOI for d-men, top 3 for TOI for d-men, play in 41 games, play in 65 games and qualify for the playoffs.

Additional note: The time-on-ice and playoff bonuses are only eligible if the 41 regular-season game milestone has been met.

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A Three-Year Deal For Jean-Gabriel Pageau With The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on a three-year contract that will run through the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $3.1 million ($2.6M, $3.3M and $3.4M).

Pageau, 24, spent his second full season with the Senators in 2016-17 registering 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in addition to 24 penalty minutes and was one of three Ottawa players to appear in each of the team's 82 regular season games. He led the Senators with eight goals (and also earned two assists) while skating in each of the club's 19 post-season contests.

Drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Pageau has recorded 101 points (45 goals, 56 assists) and 71 penalty minutes over 251 NHL games. The Gatineau native will enter the 2017-18 campaign as the Senators' current Ironman leader and nine games shy of becoming only the ninth player in franchise history to appear in 200 consecutive games for the club.

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Daniel Alfredsson On Leaving The Ottawa Senators Organization

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) senior advisor of hockey operations Daniel Alfredsson made the following statement today:

"After two enjoyable years learning about the front office of hockey with the Senators, I'm pleased to pass along that I've made the decision to step away from the game and will take this time to evaluate what professional challenge I will pursue next."

"I want to thank the Senators for the opportunity; it has enabled me to understand the type of commitments required to work in hockey should I determine that to be my future path. Our first order of business is getting established in our new home in Ottawa and returning to Gothenburg, with my family, to visit Swedish family and friends for the summer. We look forward to sharing the details of what's next for the Alfredsson family in the future."

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Three-Year Contract Extension For Mike Condon In Ottawa

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has signed goaltender Mike Condon to a three-year contract extension. The contract will carry an average annual value of $2.4 million ($1.7 M in year one, $2.5M in year two, $3M in year three).

Condon, 27, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the team's fifth-round draft pick in 2017 on Nov. 2, 2016. He went on to play in 40 games for the Senators in 2016-17, posting a 19-14-6 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and five shutouts.

His first season in Ottawa featured several team records, including playing in a franchise-best 27 consecutive games between Dec. 1, 2016, and Feb. 4, 2017. He became the fastest goaltender in franchise history to record five shutouts, when he did so in his 32nd game on Feb. 16 versus the New Jersey Devils. Along with Craig Anderson, the duo became the first pair of goaltenders in franchise history to each record at least five shutouts in one season while matching the franchise best (10) that was established in 2001-02.

The 6-2, 197-pound native of Holliston, Mass., was also named the Molson Cup Award winner as the team's top player in both December and January.

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Ottawa Trying To Sign Their Soon To Be UFAs

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While free agency doesn’t officially open until noon on Canada’s 150th birthday, the party already started Sunday when the league’s 31 teams were allowed to reach out to UFA’s even though no deals can be officially done until the market is open.

That’s why before Dorion left Chicago Sunday, he planned to pick up the phone or meet with representatives for goalie Mike Condon along with forwards Viktor Stalberg, Tom Pyatt and Tommy Wingels. All four are UFA’s and the Senators would like to bring all of them back but they can’t do so at any cost.

There had been progress made in talks with all four players before the focus shifted to the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights and since all the players knew they weren’t going to be protected they didn’t want to sign any deals. Now, other teams can enter the mix which only makes the job of keeping them more difficult.

The most interesting situation to watch is backup goalie Mike Condon. He did an outstanding job in Craig Anderson’s absence during the regular season, but the two sides weren’t even on the same page when discussions were called off before the playoffs began, however, they did move closer in talks more recently.

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Dion Phaneuf Must Be Traded

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

If Dion Phaneuf really wanted to stay, he needed to say he’s willing to move — specifically, to Las Vegas.

Now the Senators have to trade him. And fast.

If even for a song.

It would be much better than risk losing Marc Methot or Cody Ceci in the expansion draft.

The Senators would prefer to keep their top-four defence intact for one more run, but the arrival of the new team means all others will be stripped of a player, and GM Pierre Dorion has to keep the damage to a minimum.

He must stick to his original plan of protecting three defenceman — Methot, Ceci and Erik Karlsson — despite Phaneuf’s expected decision of refusing to waive the clause in his deal stipulating he can be relocated to one of only a dozen teams.

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