Senators Actively Looking for Erik Karlsson’s Next Partner?

According to the Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch, the Senators may be venturing into the trade market to find a defensive partner for Erik Karlsson. If true, it speaks volumes for where the organization think Marc Methot’s recovery is at. Methot, who was activated off the injured reserve (IR) back on December 4th, played in two games before suffering a setback and re-aggravating...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Thoughts and Other Monday News

Elliotte Friedman, the man who doesn’t get nearly enough camera time during the weekly Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts penned his latest ’30 Thoughts’ blog on Sportsnet. Given the interesting coaching developments that took place last week, you knew there were going to be a number of Senators-related items within Friedman’s post. Down the rabbit hole we go… 8. A few...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ottawa’s “Second Line” Finally Heating Up

A lot of digital ink has been spilled in the first few months of the season chronicling the struggles of Mika Zibanejad. When the team is struggling to win consistently and they’re being vastly outplayed in the majority of their games, a lot of finger pointing will happen. Being the team’s second line center behind Kyle Turris in the wake of the organization’s decision to fulfill...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators Injury Update: Methot and Ryan return to the ice

Defenseman Marc Methot and left-winger Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators returned to the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Ottawa Senators. #485087991 / Methot was making his return for the first time this season after a back/hip issue kept him out since training camp. However, Ryan had only missed two games with a broken finger, as per the Ottawa...
Via Sports Injury Alert
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Speculation: Methot to Return Tomorrow Night?

If #Sens morning skate goes well, indications are Marc Methot very likely to make his season debut tomorrow night against #Islanders #TSN — Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) December 1, 2014 Alright, I think I can safely speak for anyone who’s had to endure this prolonged stretch of hockey wherein Chris Phillips has been called upon by Paul MacLean to fill the void left by Marc Methot’s...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Methot Status, JGP, Wikstrand, Trade Talks Ramping up at GM Meetings

  Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion participated in a media availability today following today’s Senators practice and buried within it were a few interesting nuggets of information that are worth discussing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an exclusive interview on TSN 1200, so there’s no excerpted version of it (and after transcribing this interview, I’m too lazy...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Hextally: Looking at Ottawa’s Shot Rates/Shooting Percentages Against

Through the Ottawa Senators’ first 17 games, the team has been chastised for their poor possession rates and the high volume of even strength shots that they’re allowing per game. The Senators are allowing 34.8 shots per game. Only the Buffalo Sabres (36.9) and Colorado Avalanche (35.1) are averaging more. Taking that one step further, I have already written about how Ottawa’s...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday’s Thoughts: Bryan Murray’s Battle, Greening Available, Methot Negotiations

This past offseason  it was easy to come by unsubstantiated rumours concerning the status of Bryan Murray’s health. All you could only hope that they weren’t true and that the disease was treatable. After Michael Farber’s excellent feature on Bryan Murray’s battle with cancer that ran before last night’s TSN broadcast of the Senators versus Oilers game, it turns out...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Senators Injury Update: Marc Methot resumes skating, but still not close

It looks like it will be three more weeks until Marc Methot will be hitting the ice with the Ottawa Senators after a back injury. #485088151 / The Senators defenseman has been trouble by the back/hip ailment since the start of camp. According to the Ottawa Sun, he was not able to suit up for any of the club's exhibition games and hasn't played this season. Methot...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Subject of Disdain: Senators’ Lineup Decisions and Player Usage

Regardless of how talented your favourite hockey team is or how many points separate that same team from others in the standings, all hockey fans share a common bond: we love to complain about lineup combinations and player usage. Ottawa’s no different in that regard and through the early stretches of this season, it’s been a constant complaint levied against Paul MacLean. Armchair...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jared Cowen’s Name Enters the Rumour Mill

Missed the opportunity to post something about this yesterday, but according to Bruce Garrioch, the Senators may finally be ready to address the state of their blue line. Essentially from the moment that the Senators promoted Cody Ceci last December, the team has elected to carry eight defencemen. The numbers situation (not the actual talent level) this season has been aided by...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Methot Draws the Line at $5M Per Year?

If you were one of the lucky ones who was able to head out to the Canadian Tire Centre last night to watch the Senators’ 5-3 come from behind win over the Avalanche, odds are you probably listened to TSN 1200′s pre-game show on the way to the rink. In case you missed it, Bob McKenzie appeared in his feature segment and touched upon the status of the Marc Methot contract negotiations...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebrun on Methot Situation

ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun created a bit of a stir this afternoon when he revealed in his latest blog the monetary figure of the Senators’ latest contract offer to Senators defenceman Marc Methot. And by stir, I mean that people in a Canadian hockey market talked hockey more than they normally would. I guess that’s what happens when the team plays three games sans Methot and already...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bringing Pesky Back

After dropping their season opener to the Nashville Predators, the Senators did what they had to do to salvage their first road trip of the season. Entering the team’s first road trip to start the season, the general consensus was that the Senators had to win two of three games before returning for the team’s home opener Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche. And in winning...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The complications of being a Sens fan: Your Guide to the 2014/15 Season

Put this one in the “Good Omen” folder RT @girlymedic31979: Mother Nature telling us its going to be a great season!! — Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 8, 2014 The dawn of the 2014/15 Senators season is here and for better or worse, this is our team. Gone are the free spending days when ownership would host a free concert and spend up to the...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryan Murray Speaks: Pageau, Methot Contract Status, Lazar Hype

Following the official unveiling of the team’s 23-man roster to start the NHL season, Senators GM Bryan Murray held a scrum with the local media to discuss the team’s performance and the play of some particular individuals during the camp and subsequent exhibition games. Much of the interview is pretty standard fare. Murray plays up the performance of many of the team’s young...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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. ''We didn't do that. I think we...
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October 01, 2014  |  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...
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October 01, 2014  |  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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September 30, 2014  |  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...
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September 24, 2014  |  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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September 20, 2014  |  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...
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September 17, 2014  |  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...
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September 16, 2014  |  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...
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September 10, 2014  |  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
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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