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Andrew Hammond Joins The Injured Goalie List

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators suffered a net loss Friday night in more ways than one.

Already without No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson after he was given a leave of absence Thursday for personal reasons, the Senators lost backup Andrew Hammond to what the club is calling a lower-body injury after the first period in a ugly 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Rookie goaltender Chris Driedger, called up only 24 hours earlier from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton, was making only his third appearance NHL appearance. There was no word on Hammond’s health but replays on TSN showed him leaving the ice in pain and having a difficult time skating.

There’s no timetable for Anderson’s return so expect Matt O’Connor to be recalled from Binghamton in time to join the club Saturday with the Senators preparing to face the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night after what is suddenly becoming a very difficult swing through western Canada.

"We're going to have to do something," said coach Guy Boucher, who offered no update on Hammond's status.

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Video- Clarke MacArthur With A Health Update

MacArthur is skating but taking it slow during his recovery from another concussion.


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Attendance Issues In Ottawa?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Eugene Melnyk must be pulling his hair.

First, his Senators fail to draw a full house for the home opener against their provincial rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then they can’t sellout a visit by the Montreal Canadiens.

Attendance for those games was announced at 17,618 and 18,195, respectively, and in both cases it seemed a little generous. But no matter. A capacity crowd ALWAYS shows up to see the Buds and the Habs. Except these days, apparently.

Meanwhile, truly embarrassing was the turnout for Tuesday’s contest with the Arizona Coyotes. Announced attendance was just 11,061 - again, generous.


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You Must Play By Guy Boucher’s Rules

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The result of the 3-2 OT pre-season loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Centre doesn’t mean a whole lot in the big scheme of things, but it was the decision to sit winger Bobby Ryan and defenceman Cody Ceci for the whole first period that will have a lasting effect.

Late for a 12:30 p.m. meeting, both were told by Boucher they’d be spectators — on the bench — for the first period against the Habs. Though they saw a regular shift afterward, Ryan (11:59 of ice time) and Ceci (14:46) got the message and, in many ways, it couldn’t have worked out better for Boucher.

He’s a stickler for details and he wants everything done correctly.

“I don’t mind it. I guess the early message is, ‘There’s a way I’m going to do things,’” former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, an analyst on TSN’s Senators broadcasts, said Sunday from Vancouver. “I don’t know how much you’ve been around Guy but I get the impression his shoelaces are tied exact on each side.

“That’s where being late is not going to happen, being sloppy is not going to happen. There’s going to be all kinds of mistakes on the ice because there always is but the approach he’s always had is about what many coaches have today and that’s being super-detailed.”

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No Retirement Talk From Clarke MacArthur

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The calls for Clarke MacArthur to retire have already been heard since he suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months Sunday.

He wants everybody to know he intends to be back as soon as he can.

As the Senators prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre in a pre-season game, the veteran winger took to his Instagram account around lunch time to say he’s on the road to recovery and he’s hopeful if all goes well he’ll be able to play again soon.

Helped off the ice, and looking dazed, after being hit in the corner by blueliner Patrick Sieloff on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre as part of a Red and White scrimmage being held during Fan Fest, MacArthur has a long road ahead if he’s going to pull on the No. 16 jersey again.

The 31-year-old MacArthur — who suited up for only four games last season after suffering a concussion on Oct. 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets — wanted to let people know the severity of this concussion hasn’t been nearly as bad as some he has dealt with in the past.


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Time For Clarke MacArthur To Retire

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Nobody wants to see MacArthur risk hurting his head again. If, after taking almost a full year off to recover from the last one, he couldn’t make it through a training camp scrimmage without having his eggs scrambled (a term he would use), MacArthur needs to make the most difficult decision of his life. He has to hang up his blades for good.

Forgive the pun, but it’s a no-brainer. He’s had nine good seasons in the NHL. With his hockey knowledge and winning personality, he could easily get another, safer job in the game.

I don’t say suggest this lightly. I know how competitive he is and how much he’ll miss the game. But I care more about the man and his health than the Senators won-loss record.


MacArthur suffered his latest concucssion in a squad scrimmage, watch the hit below if you missed it earler.

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Clarke MacArthur Helped Off The Ice After A Possible Blindsided Hit

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

After missing most of last year with post-concussion syndrome, the Senators forward had to be helped off the ice by his teammates after taking a huge hit from blueliner Patrick Sieloff during a training-camp scrimmage on Sunday morning.

MacArthur was down in the corner and was unable to leave without assistance from his teammates. Given his history with concussions, there are concerns about his career. This wasn’t a good sign and MacArthur didn’t return to the scrimmage.

It appeared to be a blindside, ugly hit by Sieloff, a defenceman.

So upset was Senators winger Bobby Ryan with Sieloff, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames in the deal for Alex Chiasson this summer, they dropped the gloves near centre.


Picture of MacArthur being helped off the ice is below...

added 12:32pm, video of the hit is below too....

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Cody Ceci And The Ottawa Senators Agree To a Two-Year Contract

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.

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Mike Hoffman And The Ottawa Senators Avoid Salary Arbitration


A player elected arbitration date was scheduled for August 4th.

Press release is below...

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The Time Is Now For The Ottawa Senators

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?

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