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2013-14 SEASON The Tampa Bay Lightning turned in a surprising season, finishing with 101 points and a 46-27-9 record- 8th-best in all of hockey. The President Trophy-winning Boston Bruins were the lone team to finish ahead of Tampa in the Atlantic Division and the Pittsburgh Penguins were the only other team to have more points […]
Your weekly links that cover all things Ottawa Senators.
It's the end of July and the few remaining UFAs are trickling in. The Senators have been very active this offseason, with a franchise-altering trade, but also appear to be holding out for the young players to develop. Take a look at the depth chart below:
It was a signing that wasn’t met with a ton of fanfare but one that could certainly pay off for the Ottawa Senators this season.
After the dust had settled, and many of the overpriced free agents had already been locked up, the Ottawa Senators quietly made one of the better “value signings” of this year’s free agency period, signing centre David Legwand to a two year contract worth $3 million a season.
Legwand will earn $2.5 mil this season and $3.5 mil in 2015/2016 and his contract includes a modified no trade clause. Buffalo and Toronto were believed to be among the other teams
This weekend there was much angst over the fact that P.K. Subban appeared at the Just for Laughs festival with Seth Rogen and the Stanley Cup and proceeded to drink beer from the Cup (actually, a replica of the trophy) through a straw, thus avoiding the “touch”. Traditionalists would argue that Subban shouldn’t have treated […]
A discussion with fellow SB Nation bloggers George Scoville and J.J. from Kansas about recent Ottawa acquisition David Legwand
The Senators signed veteran centre David Legwand to a two-year deal on July 4. I talked with George Scoville (@OTFGeorge) from On the Forecheck and J.J. from Kansas (@JJfromKansas) from Winging It In Motown to find out more about the newest Senator. Thanks to both George and J.J. from Kansas for their help with this post, it's greatly
As far back as the trade deadline, it was widely known, or at least speculated, that the Ottawa Senators had a definite interest in the services of former St. Louis Blues and current Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart. Talented but sometimes inconsistent, Stewart is a 6’2″, 220 lb winger who is still just 26 years […]
The Senators will have some tough decisions to make with the 2015 UFA if they can't be re-signed.
The Ottawa Senators have five players on the NHL roster that will be unrestricted free agents on 1 July 2015. Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur play on the team's first line, Marc Methot is on the top pairing with Erik Karlsson while
Last season, there was a great discrepancy in talent between the NHL’s Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. Well, if not in terms of talent, definitely in terms of overall team strength. Aside from the Boston Bruins, and to an extent the Pittsburgh Penguins, the strength in the East was no match for the Western […]
This week's question looks at the options for the next Senators captain
Chris Phillips - "Big Rig" has been an assistant captain since 2006-07, and has been playing with the team since 1997-98. Entering the first year of his new two-year contract, most assume he will retire at the end of 2015-16. The captainship could be the closing to his long run with the
About a month ago, the speculation was that former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson would be returning to the Detroit Red Wings for another season, and the Wings were told that if he was going to play, it would be in Detroit. As has been his custom the last few seasons, Alfredsson has asked for, […]
The Ottawa Senators will have the eyes of a lot of fans around the NHL, with the changes they made in the off-season and the fact they will be looking for a real identity now that they have moved their second captain in two summers. There will be many nights of excitement, but also many […]
After looking at the defensemen and then centers, I turn my attention now to the masked men, the last line of defense, and the one position that has the most impact on most games. In putting this list together, I came to the realization that there are really very few elite level goaltenders, ones that […]
A comparison of scouting departments across the league and initial conclusions
Two years ago I wrote about scouting departments across the league. It was a cursory study, but it revealed some interesting trends. With support for statistical analysis gaining steam in NHL hockey operations departments, it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit the topic.Introduction
I've tried to keep things consistent with the survey from 2012. It's not that there weren't flaws in that research - there were - but part of my interest in revisiting this topic is a comparison to the previous numbers,
2013-14 SEASON The Montreal Canadiens earned the final automatic playoff-birth in the Atlantic Division with 100 points and a 46-28-8 record. Just a single point back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for home ice, the Canadiens were 4th in the Eastern Conference and had the 9th-best record league-wide. After a largely successful regular season, the […]
Your weekly Ottawa Senators links, plus a series of articles to help you understand advanced stats in hockey (that really aren't that advanced) if you're interested in learning!
With the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring known "advanced stats" supporter Kyle Dubas as their Assistant GM, the hockey world has been discussing these statistics and the principles behind them with avid curiosity. I think that this change is a good thing for hockey analysis across all platforms. There are many types of fans: those who are just casual supporters who just want to watch the game without thinking too much about it, like how I am with basketball and the NFL, and fans who are more
The last of the WIML series, comparing the goal-scoring prowesses of Ryan and Karlsson.
Which is more likely...
Bobby Ryan scores 30 goals OR Erik Karlsson scores 20 goals?
Bobby Ryan's 2013-14 season, his first in an Ottawa Senators jersey, was a disappointment. He managed to put up 23 goals and 25 assists in 70 games before deciding to undergo surgery on a sports hernia injury that had been bothering him for most of the season. However, from 2008 to 2012, he had four consecutive 30-goal seasons for the Anaheim Ducks, including a 71-point campaign in 2010-2011. Even in 2013-14, over 82 games, his pro-rated goal output would have been 27. It's not a stretch to believe that if he had not been hampered
Since July 1st’s trade of Jason Spezza the Ottawa Senators off-season has been relatively quiet in terms of noteworthy transactions. The Ottawa Senators signed David Legwand on July 4th and made minor depth moves here and there, but we haven’t heard any information about contract extensions until now! Ottawa media are reporting that restricted free-agent […]
There is one major item left on the Ottawa Senators off season To Do List and according to Sens Assistant GM Pierre Dorion, it may soon be taken care of.
Pierre Dorion spoke to the media this afternoon and suggested that the Senators are close to a new contract with restricted free agent goaltender Robin Lehner. The two sides have apparently agreed on the term of the deal and all that’s left to iron out is the dollar figure on the new contract.
The #Sens are closing in on a deal with Robin Lehner. Agreed on term. Have to work out money.
The fourth article in our week-long "Which Is More Likely" series, looking at who is more likely to re-sign with the Senators, Clarke MacArthur or Bobby Ryan.
Which is more likely...
Last season, MacArthur had one of the best seasons in his career finishing with 24 goals and 31 assists and impressed Senators fans. He was also second best on the team in terms of plus/minus with a +12, which was no easy feat on a team that
The third in our summer series looking at the reasons behind why some the Silver Seven staff became Sens fans.
I'd say my interest in hockey doesn't really follow the path of most fans. For starters, I never played organized hockey. The first time I ever played with equipment, I was 19. I can remember playing shinny on local rinks, but I can also remember always being among the worst players among my friends. As a child, I played soccer and softball, as well as curling one winter. And though all of those were fun, for some reason, I followed hockey far more than any other sport.
As I've said a couple times on this blog, I was born in 1991, and can't remember a time without an Ottawa-based hockey team. We first moved to
A Q&A with Brandon Worley of Defending Big D
I talked with Brendon Worley (@brandonworley) of Defending Big D about Jason Spezza and the return package Ottawa received for its former captain. If you want to read what I had to say about Spezza, check out Brandon's post. You'll find our discussion of Alex Chiasson, Nick
2013-14 SEASON The Los Angeles Kings enjoyed a good regular season, tallying 100 points with their 46-28-8 record. But in the top-heavy Pacific Division, the Kings’ record was not up to the level of the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks. LA had the 6th-best record in the West and the 10th-best record overall. The term […]