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A Two-Year Extension For Craig Anderson In Ottawa

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract extension. The contract will carry an average annual value of $4.75 million ($5.5M in year one, $4.0M in year two).

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Erik Karlsson On His Ankle And Surgery

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

“It’s hard to truly say exactly what is different. It feels like I have a leather piece in my one ankle and you can’t really move it,” Karlsson told a crowd of reporters. “It’s going to take some getting used to, but again, I think I can manage this pretty well right now.”

The usually indefatigable Karlsson was noticeably short on breath during the first few answers he gave to the media, a clear sign that his conditioning is not quite in mid-season form. But Wednesday marked the first time the perennial Norris Trophy candidate skated on consecutive days since undergoing his surgical procedure.

Karlsson then raised a few eyebrows by describing that procedure in more detail than he had in the past. 

“They took half of my ankle bone out and the part that is still there should be as normal possible,” Karlsson revealed. 

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added 4:16pm, video of Karlsson after practice today...

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The Ottawa Senators Have Interest In Matt Duchene

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene.

Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.

But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal.


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Afternoon Line- Guy Boucher

“All our players, for me, they play left and right and centre’s play wing sometimes. That’s the way the game is now. It’s F1, F2 and F3. There’s no corridor anymore, that doesn’t exist in the NHL anymore. One shift you’re on the left, (then) you’re crossing over – it’s about supporting now and it’s about the closest man. It used to be that the centre is back-checking and is the low guy but you don’t have that anymore.

“It’s such a quick game and you need to be in the other team’s face right away, so you have no time to wait for the centreman who fell in the offensive zone or is changing to do his job down low. It doesn’t happen like that anymore.”

-Guy Boucher, head coach of the Ottawa Senators.  Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet has more on the Senators.

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Clarke MacArthur’s Failed Physical Means He Won’t Be In Camp

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

While there were concerns throughout the summer about MacArthur’s status for the 2017-18 season – he talked about neck pain as the players packed up following their run to the Eastern Conference final – the worst fears weren’t confirmed until Thursday’s tests.

“Right now, we don’t know much, but he won’t be part of camp,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

“He was disappointed, but at the same time, he looked in great shape (skating). He trained all summer.”

Dorion provided few additional details – he wouldn’t even confirm that MacArthur failed the medical for concussion-related problems – saying he only had a quick discussion with MacArthur and the club’s doctors.

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The Attendance Issue In Ottawa

from Scott Stinson at the Toronto Sun,

If the Carolina Hurricanes were throwing tarps over 1,500 seats in the upper bowl, if the Phoenix Coyotes were trying to goose capacity figures by lowering capacity, if the Florida Panthers were tweaking ticket demand by reducing the supply, it is fair to say that we in the Canadian sports media would be raising a good stink about it.

I can say that because I would be one of the stink-raisers. We’d be having another good chuckle about the overexpansion of the National Hockey League in the southern U.S., and we’d be giving Gary Bettman a metaphorical boop on the snoot about the folly of keeping teams in failed markets and asking, again, why the league is adding a 31st franchise when it clearly has problems with some of the existing 30.

But it is the Ottawa Senators that are removing 1,500 seats from the ticket pool, and so we don’t know quite what to think. Haven’t we been saying for years that the NHL’s Canadian markets are unassailable? Don’t we take as a given that the NHL should be in Quebec and it should put another team in the Toronto area and maybe somewhere in Saskatchewan while it’s at it?


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Video- The Ottawa Senators Removed Some Seats From the Canadian Tire Centre

The Senators removed around 1500 seats and 25 suites.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk describes the club’s decision to remove 1,500 seats from the Canadian Tire Centre.


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Phaneuf Stays, Methot Goes

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

...But Phaneuf held his ground, meaning Dorion couldn’t protect Methot, Erik Karlsson’s defence partner.

If all of the above caused some fans to be critical of Phaneuf’s choice, he says he couldn’t be happier with where he is now.

“I know that I’m excited to be here,” Phaneuf said Tuesday, following an informal skate with many of his Senators teammates.

“I’m very happy to be back here for training camp. It’s always tough when you see teammates go. The fans have been incredible to me the whole time here and I’m excited to start again.”

Phaneuf, 32, isn’t overly keen on elaborating on the expansion draft process.

“It’s a part of the business, a tough part of the business, but it’s something you have to deal with,” he said. “It definitely made for an interesting summer for a lot of the league.”


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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away



added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Video- Spend A Summer Day With Dion Phaneuf And His Wife Elisha

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