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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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Pay Mark Stone

from Travis Yost of TSN,

...we’re also about six months away from what could be one of the more intriguing free-agent classes in quite some time. Some of these names will be extended as the season progresses, but right now names like Sergei BobrovskyJordan EberleMatt DucheneJoe PavelskiArtemi PanarinSemyon VarlamovJeff SkinnerWilliam KarlssonAnders LeeEric Staal, and Gustav Nyquist all need new contracts. 

That’s a lot of impactful names, and even if half of these guys end up extending before July 1 comes around, it will still be an interesting talent pool left to pick at for 30 other NHL teams.

Maybe the most interesting name on the list is Ottawa’s Mark Stone. Stone, if you recall, signed a one-year deal last summer to avoid arbitration. The one-year deal was curious, particularly since Stone – with Erik Karlsson now in San Jose – has emerged as a face of the franchise. And because of that one-year deal, Stone and the Ottawa front office can’t begin contract negotiations until the calendar flips over to 2019.

Stone’s player profile is fascinating. When Stone entered the league, there were significant questions about his ceiling as a player – primarily related to concerns about his skating ability. Those concerns never manifested. Stone’s not a lightning-quick skater, but his hockey sense and spatial awareness are exceptional. 


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One-Year Deal For Mark Stone

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed alternate captain Mark Stone to a one-year, $7.35 million contract.

Stone was tied for the Senators team lead in scoring last season after scoring 20 goals and earning a career-high 42 assists for 62 points in only 58 games. He has scored 20 or more goals in each of his four full NHL seasons since joining the Senators full-time in 2014-15.

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The Ottawa Senators Need To Get Mark Stone Signed

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

In the case of Mark Stone and Friday’s scheduled hearing, it’s an approach the Senators should avoid at all costs. (Stone is asking for $9 million per season, with the Senators countering at $5 million).

It’s one thing to go the distance with defenceman Cody Ceci — a ruling on Wednesday’s arbitration hearing between Ceci and the Senators will likely come down on Friday — who clearly isn’t worth the $6 million he was asking for. Ceci does have a value to the Senators as a big-minutes man on a team with limited depth on the blue line, but he’s not a franchise building block.

Stone is.

Regardless of what an arbitrator could rule — $7 million does seem about right — it’s dangerous territory for the club.

Unless the Senators can reach a pre-hearing contract with Stone, he would stand to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season, joining Matt Duchene and Erik Karlsson in that regard.


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Video- Mark Stone Misses Check And Injures Himself

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Right winger Mark Stone didn’t return after the second intermission with an upper body injury, an ailment that Boucher said “wasn’t serious”. If, however, Stone can’t play Thursday, the Senators will be forced to recall a forward from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

more on Ottawa's 2-1 OT win over Carolina


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Hit on Mark Stone

No penalty for Byfuglien on the Stone hit.


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NHL names 2015 All-Rookie Team

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (June 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.

Also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, defenseman John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:

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Fort McMurray Hosts Team Canada


The Sunday night crowd in Fort McMurray was large for Team Canada’s second consecutive night of split squad action. The newly renovated Casman Cenre was unsurprisingly sold out. Not many hockey fans can pass up a live game of this caliber on an August night. The city of Fort McMurray currently hosts an AJHL team, the Oil Barons and I often wonder if they might support a WHL team some day.

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