Senators face uncertainties after key departures

On the final day of Ottawa's season, coach Paul MacLean stood before the assembled media and acknowledged the obvious: Almost everything that could go wrong did, and across-the-board improvements were imperative. ''I think in the National Hockey League you have to play well enough, long enough to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,'' MacLean said. ''...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

NCC Looking to Redevelop LeBreton Flats

In case you did not hear the big news yesterday, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is inviting and encouraging the private sector to submit plans to develop land at LeBreton Flats for the purpose of putting a signature attraction in the area adjacent to the Canadian War Museum. Via the NCC’s website: The National Capital Commission (NCC) is seeking innovative proposals for...
Via The 6th Sens
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Paul MacLean Speaks: training camp, prospects, internal competition

As training camp continues and fans restlessly dwell on the latest happenings and tweaks to the Senators’ line combinations, “What do you mean Colin Greening was getting a regular turn on the team’s top line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur yesterday in practice?!?!”, a surprisingly sober (no seriously, why was Greening getting a turn on the top line?) Senators head...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Injured Ottawa Senators players hopeful for quick return

The walking wounded are closing in on a return. While J.G. Pageau was back on the ice Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre, forwards Erik Condra and Milan Michalek along with defencemen Marc Methot and Eric Gryba were still missing in action. Coach Paul MacLean said he is hopeful Michalek, Condra and Gryba will resume skating Monday with the Senators. There is no timetable for...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Methot, Gryba and Michalek to miss Sens’ practice Saturday

Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau is expected to return to the ice Saturday after missing Friday to nurse an injury. The same can’t be said for Marc Methot, Eric Gryba or Milan Michalek – all three are expected to miss Saturday’s practices at the team’s Fan Fest nursing various injuries. “It’s purely (the organization’s) decision to keep them out,” coach Paul MacLean...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc Methot Dealing With A Bad Back

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Methot couldn't participate in Friday's skate test, but practised Saturday and played in Sunday's intra-squad game. He has not participated in any of the team's four exhibitions since, nor was he able to take part in Thursday's practice. While negotiations on a contract extension for Methot have hit a standstill, there...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Thoughts: Friedman Discusses Methot/Ryan

Sportnet‘s Elliotte Friedman (and boy does it still feel weird to write that) published his latest ’30 Thoughts’ article and for the benefit of hockey fans in the nation’s capital, there were four thoughts pertaining to the Ottawa Senators. Shockingly, all of them had to do with the situations involving the uncertain futures of Marc Methot and Bobby Ryan. So let’s just...
Via The 6th Sens
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Elliotte Friedman Speaks: Bobby Ryan issue, Melnyk approached by prospective buyers,

Last night I received an interesting tweet from a reader who happened to listen to Elliotte Friedman’s interview on the Fan 960. @6thSens from 4:25 to 9:20 Friedman hits on a lot of Sens issues…not a lot of positivity there. — LeDoweski (@C_LeDoweski) September 20, 2014 Given the very public spat between Marc Methot, his agent and the organization...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Methot still wants to stay with Ottawa Senators

Marc Methot tried to calm the waters as the players reported for medicals Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre. Everybody relax. A day after Ottawa-based agent Larry Kelly and Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion had a public dispute over where Methot's contract talks stand, the Ottawa defenceman put up a brave face. After telling the Sun he felt the Senators may be trying...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

“Negotiation 101 in Bad Faith”: Dorion on the Methot Negotiations

Pretty fitting that Rideau View Golf Club was the scene where Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion teed off on the comments made by Marc Methot and his representative Larry Kelly at today’s Bell/Senators Charity Golf Classic that unofficially signals the start of the Senators’ training camp. The comments from Methot’s camp were featured in an article by Don Brennan...
Via The 6th Sens
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc Methot Wants To Stay In Ottawa But Do The Senators Want Him?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, The Senators and Marc Methot are just $300,000 per year apart in negotiations on a contract extension. It seems to be either a very workable gap or an excuse for Ottawa to solve its blueline logjam by trading the veteran defenceman. Methot is beginning to think the latter. "It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable...
Via Kukla's Korner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Thought Process on Methot Process and Other Tuesday Notes

During the course of Sunday night’s 6-2 rookie tournament victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, the Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch updated the masses on the status of the Senators’ contract talks with free agent to be Marc Methot. The Senators and Marc Methot’s camp held talks today. No progress. Those discussions will continue. #Sens — Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch...
Via The 6th Sens
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryan Murray Talks Contract Status Of Bobby Ryan And Marc Methot

from TSN, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is confident he'll be able to sign two of his top players, but nothing seems to be imminent. Murray spoke to CTV Ottawa regarding the contract status of forward Bobby Ryan and defenceman Marc Methot, two players entering the final year of their deals. "In both cases, I think they want to be in Ottawa, they...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Prospects, Captaincy, Ryan/Methot

After his better half, Randy Lee, appeared on TSN 1200‘s ‘The Drive’ yesterday, the Senators’ other assistant general manager Pierre Dorion appeared on ‘TGOR’ this morning to discuss and promote the Senators’ rookie camp and tournament that kicks off this weekend. (Hockey!!! HOCKEY!!!!! HOCKEY!111!!1!1! Real frickin’ hockey!) While much of the Randy Lee interview...
Via The 6th Sens
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc Methot Sets His Price — 6 years at $5.5 million

With the Senators encouraging fans to sit tight and be patient, apparently they’re heeding their own advice when it comes to negotiating contract extensions for impending 2015 free agents Marc Methot and Bobby Ryan. After talks had reportedly cooled between the Senators and Methot’s representative Larry Kelly, Bryan Murray changed things up by speaking with local reporters this...
Via The 6th Sens
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Lee Speaks: New Affiliation Agreements, Ryan/Methot Status

Some days it feels like the Senators are extending or reaching deals with anything or anyone not named Bobby Ryan and Marc Methot. Yesterday the Senators announced affiliation agreements with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators and the ECHL’s Evansville Icemen. The agreement with Binghamton is simply four-season extension that concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season and after...
Via The 6th Sens
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators Rumors: Marc Methot, Ottawa Still Not Negotiating

Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators still have some work to do. #485087991 / gettyimages.comThe Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports the Sens and Methot have not a discussion about a contract extension in two weeks. Talks between the two have reached a stalemate, as it's believed Methot wants a deal similar to what Brooks Orpik pulled this offseason, a five-year, $27.5M...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators’ Front Office Continues to Grow: Hire More Scouts

It’s not exactly the two signings that fans have been anticipating, but the Senators announced that they have added two full-time scouts — Michael Abbamont and John Perpich — to their ranks and promoted Jim Clarke to the position of chief professional scout. This announcement comes on the heels of the organization’s promotion of Bob Lowes to chief amateur scout and the...
Via The 6th Sens
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Senators Looking to Add Top 9 Forward

When having conversations about the risks associated with Marc Methot and Bobby Ryan entering the season without contract, one of the talking points that is often mentioned is the state of the trade market. As teams prepare to open training camp in a few weeks, it’s safe to presume that the majority of teams are at a stage in which they believe, for the most part, that their roster...
Via The 6th Sens
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators not close to signing extension with Marc Methot

If the Senators are going to get Marc Methot signed before training camp they've got a lot of work to do. There have been no discussions between the Senators and Methot's Ottawa-based agent Larry Kelly in at least two weeks and none are planned. Making $3 million heading into the final year of his contract, it's believed Methot's camp is looking for a deal similar...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Contract Talks For Marc Methot Are Quiet And The Sens Are Looking For Forward Help

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, If the Senators are going to get Marc Methot signed before training camp they've got a lot of work to do. There have been no discussions between the Senators and Methot's Ottawa-based agent Larry Kelly in at least two weeks and none are planned. Making $3 million heading into the final year of his contract, it's believed...
Via Kukla's Korner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators Ownership is Going to the Dogs

In case you have not heard, last night was a bizarre night on the interwebs last night as former Ottawa Citizen sports reporter Don Campbell tweeted a cryptic message about the Senators’ ownership situation. Has anyone reported yet Ottawa Senators no longer are solely owned? — Don Campbell (@ottawa_dc) August 28, 2014 Although Campbell never acknowledged where he got his information...
Via The 6th Sens
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks, Again: Anderson Extension, Sending Messages to 2015 UFAs, Are Hawaiian Shirts Fashionable?

Okay, so truth be told, Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion didn’t talk about whether Hawaiian shirts are fashionable to anyone under the age of 70 (they’re not), but hey, clickbait! He did however appear on TSN 1200‘s ‘The Drive’ with Ian Mendes and Steve Lloyd yesterday for ten minutes to discuss the news that the Senators had extended goaltender Craig Anderson...
Via The 6th Sens
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Reality of Pascal Dupuis' Return From Injury by @ChicksDigHockey

When the 2014-15 hockey season opens, a lot of things will be different about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Familiar faces are gone and in their places will be those we only know as opponents. One of the returning favorites will be Pascal Dupuis who hasn't played since he injured his knee in December when Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, which propelled Crosby into Dupuis. His knee...
Via PensInitiative
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Anderson Extension, Ryan/Methot Status, Ownership Sending a Message

Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion participated in a media conference call to delve into the details surrounding the organization’s motivations for inking Craig Anderson to a three-year contract extension. In case you missed it this morning, I published some thoughts of my own, but if you’d like to listen to Dorion’s conference call, you can click here or listen...
Via The 6th Sens
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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