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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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Erik Karlsson Had Surgery To Repair A Torn Tendon In His Foot Today

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced that captain Erik Karlsson had surgery earlier today to repair torn tendons in his left foot.

"Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, N.C, to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The tears, which occurred during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season."

"The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-18 regular season."

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Will Chris Neil Find A New Home?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It's the end of an era.

Chris Neil has suited up for his final game with the Ottawa Senators, Postmedia has learned.

In a move that won't surprise many — Neil played a limited role under coach Guy Boucher last season — the Senators have informed the 37-year-old rugged right winger he won’t be back next season.

As a result, Neil will test the market as a unrestricted free agent on July 1. He would like to play another year.


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Video- If You Missed The HNIC Opening Montage For Game 2 SCF

Great work.


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Watching Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2017 – Last night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 double-overtime thriller on NBCSN, in which the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, set major viewership and digital records, and continued the trend of strong results for the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Fast National Data provided by The Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics.

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Quest To Repeat Continues For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

It took a couple of overtimes against a relentlessly resilient Ottawa Senators team, but the reigning champs will get their shot at a repeat.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game to beat the Senators 3-2 in double overtime during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It sets up a Stanley Cup finals in which we'll either see the first back-to-back Stanley Cup winner in the salary-cap era or the first Stanley Cup in the history of the Nashville Predators franchise.

How it happened: The Penguins pressured consistently in the third period and both overtimes, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson was outstanding again until the Kunitz goal. Anderson finished with 39 saves.

A big moment came when the Penguins got a third-period power play on a soft call on Dion Phaneuf, who was called for interference on Phil Kessel. The two former teammates had been going at it all series, and Kessel ended up getting the better of his good friend in this case.

Just 25 seconds into the power play, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz beat Anderson in large part because of a nice screen from Kunitz, who played his best game of the series. Game 7 was the first game for Schultz since he was injured early on in Game 2.


Below, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, plua game highlights and Mike Sullivan post-game too...

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From The Side Of The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators played with heart, but lost a heartbreaker.

The pain was evident by the looks on their faces in a quiet dressing room.

The Senators were unable to claim what would have been the first Game 7 in franchise history as Chris Kunitz scored his second of the game, a double-OT winner, to give the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win to capture the Prince of Wales Trophy and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Instead of hosting Game 1 of the Cup final Monday night at home, the Senators will head to the the Canadian Tire Centre on the weekend to pack their bags after the most successful season in recent history that included playoff wins over the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

“It’s heartbreaking because you know the nature of the business side of things and you know the group will never be the same,” said winger Bobby Ryan. “It’s heartbreaking. You realize we’ve got two days together here and then we’re gone for the summer.

“We didn’t want it to end but they came up one shot better.”

This was a great game in every way, shape and form. You really had to wonder if it was ever going to end as both goalies came up big. Kunitz beat Craig Anderson high to send the crowd into hysterics at 5:09 of the second overtime


Below, video of a few of the Ottawa players post-game...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

It's on the Stanley Cup Final for the Pittsburgh Penguins after defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in 2OT.

The Penguins will host the Nashville Predators for the first two games (Monday and Wednesday).

The game-winning goal from Chris Kunitz is below...

added 12:09am 5/26/17, Video of handshakes added below too...

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