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Chicago/Ottawa Trade

 

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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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Toronto/Ottawa Trade Coming Soon

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Cody Ceci Could Be The Next Defenseman Traded

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

In the past couple of days, defencemen Jacob Trouba and Olli Maatta — both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft — have been traded from their original teams.

There’s now a distinct possibility Cody Ceci could be the next defenceman from that class to move on from where he started.

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said earlier this week that he has held talks with Ceci’s agent, J.P. Barry, about a potential extension — both short and long-term — but Dorion is also seriously exploring the trade market for the 25-year-old defenceman.

If the return is right, it could happen in and around this weekend’s NHL draft in Vancouver.

Ceci has had an intriguing history as a homegrown talent since being drafted by the Senators 15th overall seven years ago.

For all the high points and potential that came with his early success, the mere mention of Ceci’s name is enough to set off venom among some on social media, who have often unfairly targeted him as the whipping boy for everything and anything that has gone wrong on the Senators blueline for the past several seasons.

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D.J. Smith Is The New Head Coach Of The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) today announced D.J. Smith would join the club as the teams' new head coach. Smith has agreed to terms on a three-year agreement with the Senators.

Smith, 42, becomes the 14th head coach in the team's history. He has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach on Mike Babcock's staff with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined Toronto in 2015-16 after leading the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals to the 2015 Memorial Cup title.

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Video- Brian Burke On The Coaching Search In Ottawa And Team Play With An Empty Net

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke talks about the Ottawa Senators coaching candidates, their prospect pool and how teams should play when there is an empty net.

 

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Report- Patrick Roy Will Be Interviewing For The Coaching Job In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk in league circles Saturday was that legendary NHL goaltender Patrick Roy is expected to be the final interview by Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion in a thorough search for the vacant post behind the bench.

It’s believed the Senators could speak to the 53-year-old Roy next week to discuss the possibility of being a full-time replacement for Guy Boucher, who was fired by the club on March 1. That would make Roy the mystery seventh candidate for the job, with six interviews already completed.

Roy also has a good relationship with Ottawa assistant GM Peter MacTavish, a former agent, who has been conducting the interviews with Dorion.

While Roy is best known for his Hall-of-Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, he has paid his dues as a coach and has had success.

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Afternoon Line- Pierre Dorion

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The Colorado Avalanche Are Loaded For The 2019 NHL Draft

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Tuesday’s NHL draft lottery in Toronto is bound to irritate Avalanche fans throughout North America if they don’t take the right approach. Which is, hope for the best (No. 1 pick) but prepare for the worst (No. 4).

The worst isn’t that bad. No other team in the 31-team in the league is guaranteed to go into the June draft with a top-four pick.

It’s just how it works. The Avs, who own the best chance at the No. 1 pick because they own Ottawa’s first-round pick — and the Senators finished with the NHL’s fewest points — have a league-best 18.5 percent chance at the first pick. Their percentages of 16.5 for the second pick, 14.4 for the third and 50.6 for the fourth also are league-highs.

The latter percentage is Colorado’s biggest because it ensures the Avs won’t move further down from fourth. No team can move down more than four spots. Back when the league featured 30 teams, the 30th-place team couldn’t move further than two spots down. Now it’s four....

Colorado has a glorious 2019 draft portfolio, which also includes its own first-, second- and third- round picks, and Ottawa’s third-rounder. That’s five picks in the first three rounds — indeed an impressive collection that Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and his staff corralled in part from the 2017 trade of Matt Duchene to Ottawa.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Stumble Again

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

A road trip for naught.

As was the case two weeks ago, the Canadian Tire Centre was awash in enemy blue. A chance for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs to pile into a friend’s car, score some cheaper tickets and watch their team officially clinch a playoff berth on rival ice.

But, as was the case two weeks ago, it was the bottom-feeding, rebuilding Ottawa Senators who left with the two points, handing their provincial partners a 4-2 loss.

"We did a good job of taking the crowd out of it," deadpanned Sens goaltender Craig Anderson, who was fantastic in the home victory.

Is that something you guys joke about?

"No," Anderson replied.

The Maple Leafs’ mediocre play of late is no laughing matter, either.

Destined to kick off the post-season in Boston in under two weeks, Toronto has fumbled through a 4-5-3 showing in its past dozen outings.

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