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OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Cody Ceci to a two-year contract which will run through the end of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $2.8 million ($2.25M, $3.35M).
Ceci, 22, established new NHL career highs in goals (10), points (26) and penalty minutes (18) while matching his career high for assists (16) over 75 games with the Senators during the 2015-16 season. Upon the conclusion of the season, he also skated with Team Canada at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia. In 10 games with Team Canada, he scored one goal and earned five assists while helping the team to a gold medal.
A player elected arbitration date was scheduled for August 4th.
Press release is below...
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,
The Ottawa Senators are built like a team that is ready to contend. The problem is, their recent history suggests they are in no position to do that.
The Senators have a veteran roster that has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in two of the past three seasons, but it is one new general manager Pierre Dorion said is ready to make a move and challenge the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
He made that clear by acquiring center Derick Brassard from the New York Rangers on July 18 in a trade for center Mika Zibanejad, getting a player who is better now but six years older and therefore likely with a lower ceiling than the player traded away. On top of that, Dorion included a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, getting a 2018 seventh-round pick back.
"I think the message from management is pretty clear: Our time is now," Brassard told TSN 1200 the day he was traded. "I do think this team is mature now and we have to win next season."...
A team with so few young players has pressure on it to win immediately, and Dorion has no interest in alleviating that pressure.
"Why can't we be good now?" Dorion told TSN 1200 on the day of the trade. "We've been young and hungry. We've been the 'Pesky Sens.' Why can't we, first of all, make the playoffs and challenge the better teams?
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Derick Brassard, who took a step backward last year even while recording a personal-best 27 goals that led his team, is gone, off to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad. It was a center-for-center swap in which the Blueshirts came away with the younger, faster, bigger and cheaper player, plus a 2018 second-rounder, to boot.
Cap space was cleared, $2.375 million of it with the newest Swede to join the team in at $2.625 million for the year while Brassard carries a $5 million hit. The Blueshirts now have a fair amount of maneuverability both immediately and into the season. But the added space is more a byproduct of the deal than the motivating force behind it.
The Rangers wanted — if not needed — a different kind of center behind Derek Stepan and they got it in Zibanejad, who is stronger without the puck and in his own end and projects to be feistier and tougher than the gifted, finesse-oriented Brassard.
They acquired a center who they believe will be a better match against bigger, physical pivots and thus alleviate some of the burden on Stepan, whom coach Alain Vigneault had come to rely on almost exclusively — and ultimately to No. 21’s detriment — the last two years in power-against-power matchups.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
NEW YORK, July 18, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Derick Brassard and a seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa this past season, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win percentage (50.5; 659-for-1,306). Zibanejad has tallied a goal on 13 of his 28 career NHL shootout attempts (46.4%), and he has recorded five game-deciding goals in the shootout. Zibanejad’s five game-deciding goals in the shootout are the second-most a Senator has tallied since 2005-06, as he passed Daniel Alfredsson for sole possession of second place during this past season.
fom Ryan McKenna of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Restricted free agent forward Mike Hoffman says his No. 1 goal is to remain an Ottawa Senator.
The 26-year-old, who was visiting Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, filed for salary arbitration with the Senators on July 5.
“We’re in the midst of trying to sign a new contract here,” Hoffman said, whose arbitration date is Aug. 4. “New coach coming in, Guy Boucher, I had him in junior when I played in Drummondville of the Quebec League. Very good relationship with him, we won a championship together. So definitely looking forward to working with him this year.”
Hoffman led Ottawa with 29 goals in 2015-16 while adding 30 assists in 78 games.
He was awarded a $2-million (all currency U.S.), one-year deal by an arbitrator before last season. He had asked for a one-year, $3.4-million contract, while the Senators countered with a one-year, $1.75-million contract.
By Tamhas Woods
For Canadian teams, the 2015-16 NHL season was a truly desolate affair, producing an all-American playoff bracket for the first time in 46 years. Not since Richard Nixon occupied the White House, overseeing a raging war in Vietnam, has Canada suffered such a humiliation in what is almost universally considered to be the country’s national sport.
Amongst those teams was the Ottawa Senators. Though a conference finish of 5th ‘crowned’ them as the highest ranked Canadian team in the Eastern Conference last year, the gap by which the Senators found themselves short of the playoffs made Dave Cameron’s position untenable.
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
The Senators’ high-scoring, 26-year-old left winger may be a year removed from potential unrestricted free agency himself, but when the league’s free spending owners and general managers tossed out five and six-year deals like they were candy to the 30-somethings and almost 30-somethings at the top of the 2015 UFA forward class, a new bar for the open market was established.
Accordingly, Hoffman, who led the Senators with 29 goals last season and tops the team with 57 goals over the past two campaigns, has added leverage in upcoming tense contract negotiations with the Senators.
As expected, Hoffman filed for salary arbitration Tuesday, a move which guarantees that he will, at the very least, be under contract with Ottawa for one more season.
A year ago, Hoffman was rewarded $2 million following arbitration, but there are far different stakes this time around.
If Hoffman goes to arbitration again — hearing dates are scheduled for late July and early August — he’ll essentially spend the upcoming season showcasing himself for the rest of the league next summer.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Patrick Sieloff from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Alex Chiasson.
Sieloff, 22, made his National Hockey League debut with Calgary last season, playing one game. In his lone game, he scored the game-winning goal in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on April 9. In 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, he scored two goals, nine assists and recorded 54 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 205-pound native of Superior, Mich., was Calgary’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 102 career AHL games between the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames and Stockton, he has recorded 16 points, including four goals. Sieloff has represented the United States internationally on three occasions, winning gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia.
Chiasson, 25, was acquired by Ottawa from the Dallas Stars in a five-player trade on July 1, 2014. In 153 games with the Senators over two seasons, he scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points while recording 112 penalty minutes.
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
Here’s a name some will remember and one that some, namely Blue Jackets fans, will have tried to forget: Nikita Filatov.
Filatov, 26, last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Ottawa Senators when he was a 21-year-old, but his time with the Senators, who acquired him for a third-round pick, was incredibly unsuccessful and largely forgettable.
Early in Filatov’s tenure with the Senators he was demoted to the AHL and spent the next two months of the campaign bouncing between the AHL and NHL before being granted a loan to the KHL’s CSKA Moscow by early December. After only nine games and less than half a season, the once highly touted prospect flamed out of Ottawa quickly.
Filatov hasn’t been back in the NHL or AHL since his time with the Senators, and in an interview with Sport-Express.ru’s Alexei Shevchenko, the former NHLer talked about his disappointing time in the NHL and said financial troubles played a part in him leaving North America. Though Filatov didn’t offer up numbers, he said he couldn’t repay his debts by playing in the AHL.
“I will not say that I spent days and nights at the roulette table or playing blackjack,” Filatov told Shevchenko. “I went (to the casino), but this is not the worst thing. Just my whole life was a blur. I was young and got a lot of money and (it went away) with ease.”
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