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Tampa/Ottawa Trade

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and their second-round pick in 2022 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the rights to forward Marian Gaborik and goaltender Anders Nilsson, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.  Both Gaborik and Nilsson will be placed on long-term injury reserve and will not play this season.

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The Arizona Coyotes Trade Derek Stepan To The Ottawa Senators

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have acquired a second-round draft choice in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for center Derek Stepan.

“On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to thank Derek for everything he did for the Coyotes the past three seasons,” said Armstrong. “Derek is the consummate professional and a class act. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Stepan recorded 10-18-28 with 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 70 games with the Coyotes in 2019-20. He totaled 39-80-119 and 56 PIM in 224 games with Arizona over three seasons.

This 2021 second round draft choice was previously acquired by the Senators from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 23, 2019.

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Eugene Melnyk Believes The Ottawa Senators Can Win The Stanley Cup

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Postmedia to mark the 30th anniversary of the Senators being awarded a franchise on Dec. 6, 1990, Melnyk, who purchased the team out of bankruptcy in 2003, believes the plan he put in place with general manager Pierre Dorion is close to paying dividends.

Melnyk says the pieces are in place to contend and additions will be made to help the core of this group get over the finish line.

“We have turned the corner. We just now need to execute on what we have,” Melnyk said last week from his home in Toronto. “This is the team, with what we have right now, I believe can win a Stanley Cup already, and that’s without adding some veterans, which we plan to do.

“We’ll be a team that’s active at the trade deadline and not as sellers, but as buyers, just like we used to be. If you look at my track record on spending on players, we were always up there. We were never at the top, but we were always right there or around the centre. Now, we’re going to stay somewhere in the centre, depending on where it’s at. Our budgets are always somewhere around $70 million, which is in the centre.

“I don’t make any money out of this team. I just want to break even.

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Evening Line- Eugene Melnyk

via Bruce Garrioch tweets,

Eugene Melnyk said on The Bob McCown podcast with @JShannonhl that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy Bill Daly are doing everything in their power to have a season. A big issues for some teams is rental changes of the rink. Not a problem for Melnyk, who owns the CTC

"I'm very optimistic about hockey and the fact we'll go back and play. It's very real," Melnyk told the podcast "There's no question if you listen to the comments of Gary Bettman publicly we're full steam ahead to get it done."

Melnyk added: " However, there's a lot of stuff that has to get done financially because everybody's taking a big hit. On one hand, there's no guarantee that this is going to happen. The NHL's working very hard to try to make it happen."

Melnyk to McCown and @JShannonhl on the governors: "You've got 31 different interests. Many are aligned and many aren't aligned ... If (some teams) open the door up there's a big cheque that has to be written to whoever owns the stadium."

Garrioch has more from Melnyk in his recent Twitter timeline.

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A Look At Matt Murray With The Ottawa Senators

from Travis Yost of TSN,

As the Ottawa Senators continue to plod through a multi-year rebuild, one of the key focus areas for the organization will be in net.

Only one team gave up more goals than Ottawa (243) last season, and that was with goaltenders Craig AndersonAnders Nilsson, and Marcus Hogberg playing reasonably well.

Anderson, a veteran who spent 10-years in the nation’s capital, was not extended by the organization and remains an unsigned free agent. This part of the transition was expected – Anderson, now 39, was showing signs of performance decline and was blocking a couple of goaltending prospects from an increase in workload.

But interestingly, the team chose not to hand the reins over to a Nilsson and Hogberg tandem. Hogberg, still just 25-years old, showed he was capable during 24 starts last season. But when presented with the opportunity to keep Hogberg in the development queue by adding an established NHL goaltender, Ottawa jumped on the opportunity, acquiring Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray for a second-round pick and prospect Jonathan Gruden.

It’s an interesting gamble for Ottawa – it’s hard to think of another goaltender whose performance at the highest professional level has been more volatile than Murray.


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Evgenii Dadonov Signs In Ottawa

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed forward Evgenii Dadonov to a three-year contract. The contract holds an average annual value of $5M and will see Dadonov earn $3.5M in 2020-21, $5M in 2021-22 and $6.5M in 2022-23.

A three-time 25 goal-scorer with the Florida Panthers, Dadonov ranked fourth among Panthers with 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) while skating in each of Florida's 69 regular-season games in 2019-20. His 25 markers last season saw him rank second among Panthers' goal scorers while his career-best 11 power-play tallies tied for the team lead. The 11 power-play goals also helped him tie an NHL career-high with 17 power-play points.

"We're thrilled to have come to an agreement with Evgenii," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He's an elite offensive talent and a very consistent scorer as demonstrated by his point totals over the last three seasons. This is a key signing for us as it adds a player who will help us produce offensively and one with a proven track record on the power-play."

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Afternoon Line- Eugene Melnyk

“I truly believe that we are a Stanley Cup winner within four years, it can happen any time, but within four years.”

-Eugene Melnyk owner of the Ottawa Senator.  Joe O'Connor of the Financial Post has more.

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Eugene Melnyk Suing Newspaper Columnist

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Matt Murray’s New Contract With The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed goaltender Matt Murray to a four-year contract. Acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, Murray's contract has an average annual value of $6.25 million and includes the following breakdown: $4M in 2020-21, $6M in 2021-22, $7M in 2022-23 and $8M in 2023-24.

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Evening Line- Anthony Duclair

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