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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.”
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announced today his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former first overall selection of the Senators in 1996, Phillips spent his entire 19-year NHL career in Ottawa, establishing a new Senators all-time games played mark with 1,179 while making a lasting impression on the Ottawa-Gatineau community.
“Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations.”
from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,
Speaking during a media tour in Ottawa Monday morning with GM Pierre Dorion, the 44-year-old Boucher told TSN 1200 he was confident about the possibility of getting this job after his first meeting with the Senators.
Boucher was named the 12th coach in club history Sunday and will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday at 12:30 p.m.
“I felt like his candidate throughout the entire process and I knew there was other candidates but the way he dealt with me it really felt like we had a connection from the beginning,” said Boucher. “We had been talking a lot. It wasn’t really a surprise. I’ll be honest. It ended yesterday in a rush to file the papers, sign and everything, but I think that process started (Saturday).”
Dorion told the station the 44-year-old was always his No. 1 choice despite reports to the contrary on the weekend. They met more than 12 hours in two separate sessions.
“No doubt. No. 1 from the get-go. He was the first interview I did and every other interview I did didn’t come to the level of Guy,” said Dorion, who spoke with nine candidates for the job. “To me he was the best candidate out there. What we’re looking for, Guy checks all the boxes. He definitely has a great defensive structure, he knows how to coach offensive talent, he’s an excellent communicator, he’s well spoken.
Also, numerous reports this morning stating Marc Crawford will be named an associate coach for the Senators today.
OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion announced today the hiring of Guy Boucher as the club’s head coach. Boucher has agreed to terms on a three-year agreement with the Senators.
Boucher, 44, becomes the 12th head coach in Senators franchise history. Boucher has spent parts of the last three seasons as the head coach of SC Bern of the National League A in Switzerland, posting a 44-29-5 record. Prior to that, he spent two-plus seasons as the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, posting a 97-78-20 record in 195 games. Boucher led the Lightning to the Eastern Conference Final in 2010-11.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
There are plenty of hungry coaches who would jump at the chance to call the shots behind an NHL bench, regardless of the situation. There are not many openings at the end of each season. Opportunities go faster than they come. Consider hockey lifer Craig Ramsay: one-and-done whacks in Philadelphia and Atlanta amid a pedigree of results as an assistant.
The résumés will flood into Ottawa following the sacking of Dave Cameron. Assuming new GM Pierre Dorion knows what he’s doing, the Senators should be able to identify a good young coach among the applicants.
But it will be hard for Ottawa to attract Grade-A talent, either behind the bench or on the ice, if the owner continues to blast away.
It is Eugene Melnyk’s right to say anything he wants. The Senators are his possession.
But every time Melnyk carves into his employees, prospective ones take another step back from considering the Senators.
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