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The Clock Is Ticking In Ottawa

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

With less than three weeks to go until the NHL trade deadline, Pierre Dorion knows that time is running short.

In that condensed window, the Ottawa Senators general manager has to figure out how to sign his top three scorers – Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel – to lucrative contract extensions. Failing that, Dorion may be forced to trade all three of the pending unrestricted free agents. 

On Tuesday, Dorion admitted he probably can’t take things right up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Feb. 25 when it comes to negotiations with his pending UFAs. 

“I don’t think it would be ideal to take it to 3 p.m. (on deadline day), but we have a good idea of what time frame we need to have contracts done by,” Dorion told TSN 1200 on Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s interview was Dorion’s first on-the-record conversation about the status of his UFAs and the upcoming trade deadline in several weeks.


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The Ottawa Senators Need A House Cleaning

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Senators are last in the 31-team NHL after two more losses this past weekend and, as has been discussed endlessly, they are without a first-round draft pick to ease their pain.

It’s nearly impossible to believe this is a hockey team that was one shot away from the Stanley Cup final just 19 months ago. But here is where the Sens are, awful and drawing fewer than 15,000 fans per game. So what to do with three weeks to go before the trade deadline?

Well, clean house of course. Ottawa could, and should, be the NHL’s busiest team over the next few weeks. This is not the time for the faint of heart.

Making it appear that you’re negotiating seriously with 27-year-old Matt Duchene and 26-year-old Mark Stone is good politics, particularly for an unpopular owner like Eugene Melnyk. But that’s the politics. The reality is Duchene and Stone need to move on because they are set to become unrestricted free agents and are precisely the players most capable of bringing back the kinds of assets Ottawa desperately needs.


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What Will The Ottawa Senators Do With Mark Stone And Matt Duchene?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Pttawa Sun,

The top priority for the Senators is to keep Stone in the fold, and it’s believed both sides are optimistic that will be the case. The 26-year-old agreed to a one-year, $7.35 million contract last August to avoid arbitration and the talks have been centred around an eight-year agreement upwards of $8 million per season.

The Senators and Stone weren’t really that far apart on a contract when they agreed to avoid arbitration. The sense then was that when the two sides sat down in January they would be able to bridge the gap between them. Stone has performed up to expectations and has done a good job leading the way for the young players.

Of course, this leads us to Duchene. You can’t question his commitment to the decision by the organization to go young and he’s done his part with this group. But he came to Ottawa because he wanted to be part of a contender and nobody could have predicted that, three months after the deal in November 2017, the organization would rebuild.

The Senators have been forthcoming with Duchene — and Stone, for that matter — about the plan. The Senators want their top two forwards to be the centre pieces for this rebuild and then they hope to get the right young players around them so this team gets back to being a contender.


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Would A Smaller Goal Crease Help Prevent Goalie Crashing?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Ottawa Senators prepared to close out their schedule before a nine-day break Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes at home, the club’s top goaltender, back after missing 11 games with a concussion, told reporters following Monday’s skate he’s sick and tired of crease crashing.

And, he’d like to see the NHL’s general managers take action because the goaltenders are important and they’re getting hurt because they aren’t getting the protection needed from the league.

“Make the crease six inches smaller and if a guy goes in the crease then blow it down,” Anderson said. “You won’t have guys running into the goalie. Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion right now because a guy went to the net. I missed time because a guy went to the net hard.

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The ‘Dead’ Kings

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The ingredients were there for the Kings to clean up with a victory at home.

They rolled out their fullest lineup in weeks, against a fellow last-place team that was missing key personnel. And they were looking to build off a tightly played divisional game from earlier in the week.

Yet those ingredients went wasted in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center. In a contest between teams with a combined minus-66 goal differential going into Thursday, the Kings came up negative again. They suffered defensive breakdowns in the second period in getting swept by a combined 9-2 score in the season series against Ottawa, without second-leading scorer Matt Duchene.

“That’s awful,” Kings forward Kyle Clifford said. “That’s just embarrassing, to be honest. Not much more to say other than that.”

The Kings didn’t really make a formidable challenge in the third. Ottawa got 33 saves from goalie Anders Nilsson and, in a disconcerting reprise of the October meeting, simply had more desire.

“It starts from in here in the dressing room,” defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “We need guys with more energy.... It was kind of dead in here and our play showed.”


The Kings are 17-25-3 37 points, last in the NHL.

Game highlights are below.

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Injuries Hit The Ottawa Senators Including Losing Thomas Chabot For 3 Weeks

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The losses and the injuries are mounting for the Ottawa Senators.

Coming off an ugly 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders Friday night at the Barclay’s Center, the Senators were forced to call up blueliners Stefan Elliott and Christian Wolanin as they prepare to face the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Not only did the Senators lose defenceman Thomas Chabot is gone for three weeks with an upper body injury in the loss to the Isles, defenceman Christian Jaros is gone for four weeks with a broken finger and winger Magnus Paajarvi has an upper body issue.

They won’t play against the Caps. Jaros broke his finger in a fight late in the game and Paajarvi was also hurt in a fight. Losing Chabot and Jaros hurts a lot.

“That’s huge,” said coach Guy Boucher. “Let’s not kid ourselves (Chabot) is our top (defenceman) and Jaros is doing great. He was definitely developing at a very fast rate. He was turning into a solid defensive defenceman that has some tools with puck also.”


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Decision Time For The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Once the Yuletide season has ended, the Ottawa Senators will have to get down to business.

When the Senators return from their holiday break Thursday to prepare to face the New York Islanders on Friday – followed with a visit by the Washington Capitals on Saturday – there will be no shortage of focus on the future of a couple of key players.

Once the holiday roster freeze lifts on Friday morning the business of hockey will shift back into high gear.

With the clocking ticking towards Jan. 1, 2019, the focus will turn to what the Senators are going to do with unrestricted free agent forwards Matt Duchene and Mark Stone before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 25.


Remember, the NHL is still dark today which means no practice for any of the 31 NHL teams.

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Video- Senators Came So Close To Scoring, Then The Devils Did

Devils' analyst Ken Daneyko loves it.


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Video- No Goal Montreal

Embellishment!  The Habs did win 5-2.


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