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Pronman Reveals Midseason Prospect Rankings and Three Senators Crack List

As the Senators’ road trip continues in Columbus tonight, here’s a little prospect porn to get you through the work day. ESPN Insider’s Corey Pronman published his midseason rankings of the ‘Top 50 drafted NHL prospects’. (Note: Like everything else published on ESPN Insider, accessing the full rankings requires a paid subscription, but if you’re wavering on whether or...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lazar Still Carrying More Trade Value Than Given Credit For?

Admittedly, it’s pretty easy to be down on Curtis Lazar. Since arriving on the NHL scene as a 19-year old, the young forward has struggled to assert himself at the NHL level. The blend of offensive skill, intangibles and grit that turned Lazar into the 17th overall draft selection in 2013 has not translated into strong performance since he turned pro. In fact, in his first three...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sens selling structure, but is anyone buying it?

It’s the 2016 hockey offseason. Consider the circumstances: the newly appointed GM’s organization has won one playoff series in the last nine years and having missed the playoffs for the third time in its last four seasons. His organization’s internal budget precludes him from papering over mistakes or outbidding other organizations for free agents who represent upgrades over...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Are we looking at a $4-million AAV contract extension for Zack Smith?

Zack Smith is renowned for two things: 1) the ****-eating grin that he displays during each on-ice scrum; and 2) possessing this blend of physicality and modest offensive talent that not only endears himself to his coaches but to this team’s fans as well. As an impending unrestricted free agent, Smith’s future with the club has been the subject of conversation going back as far...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the Ryan Situation, WJC Performances, Sens Branding and more…

What’s an Ottawa Senators season without a little controversy or mystery? When Bobby Ryan was announced as a scratch prior to Ottawa’s 1-0 loss to the Capitals Saturday night, it spurred speculation as to why the Senators’ highest paid player was sitting on the sidelines. Not only was Ryan present at practice that morning, he also participated in the team’s pre-game skate...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dorion Speaks: World Juniors, Lazar Development, MacArthur’s Health

A few days late on this, but Senators general manager Pierre Dorion appeared on TSN 1200’s ‘In the Box’ before Wednesday’s World Junior semi-final games that showcased four of Ottawa’s best prospects on the national stage. For fans who love to indulge in prospect porn, this time of year is like Christmas. To listen to the full interview, you can scroll to the bottom of...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week that Was: Alfredsson Jersey Retirement, Karlsson’s Legacy and Fan Apathy

From Daniel Alfredsson’s magical retirement ceremony to the team’s recent three-game losing streak to the performance of the team’s prospects at the World Junior Championships, it was quite the up and down week for Senators fans. As a franchise that takes its share of grief from fans who bemoan the organization’s penchant for their disregard or tradition or for bungling what...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Lazar Talks Prospect Development

Curtis Lazar’s development hasn’t gone the way many anticipated since he was drafted 17th overall in 2013. Tabbed as a defensively responsible player who oozed intangibles and had offensive upside, Lazar was viewed as the kind of productive, character player that the Senators lacked. That Lazar would go on to capture the 2013-14 Memorial Cup and bring home gold in the 2015...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Englund/Robinson, Prospects, the Karlsson Window, Playoffs

Thanks to the combination of the Senators losing last night’s game to the Philadelphia Flyers coupled with a variety of injuries necessitating a shake-up of the roster, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion jumped onto TSN 1200’s ‘In the Box’ yesterday to discuss the latest state of affairs. I recommend that you listen to the full interview by using the embedded media player...
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December 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Puemple Pops Off on the Senators’ Coaching Staff

Following the Senators’ trade that sent Mika Zibanejad to New York for Derick Brassard, it was easy to circle November 27th on the calendar and look forward to the first opportunity for each of these players to face their former teams, but once Zibby was felled by a broken fibula, it felt like some of the air was let out of the balloon. Thankfully, the recently claimed Matt Puempel...
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November 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Guest Post by @StefanWolejszo: A Detailed Look at Ottawa’s Attendance

The Senators’ attendance issue is something that’s been tackled by a variety of news sources, but until now, this site hasn’t really discussed the sparse crowds in great detail until now. The following post was penned by the excellent @StefanWolejszo. If you’re not already, give your head a shake and give the man a follow on Twitter. Take it away, Stef.  The dramatic...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Puempel Claimed on Waivers by the Rangers

Once feted for his finish as a goal-scoring prospect, Matt Puempel’s Senators career is finished. After being placed on waivers yesterday by the club, the New York Rangers claimed Matt Puempel. Under normal circumstances, I don’t know why the New York Rangers would have that much interest in Puempel beyond his pedigree as a 2011 first round pick. Sure, he scored 30 goals in his...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Waiver Wire Notes: Hammond Clears, Puempel Awaits His Fate

After exhausting the trade market to find a suitor for Andrew Hammond, the Senators placed Andrew Hammond on waivers yesterday signalling perhaps one of the organization’s most precipitous falls from grace since Dany Heatley clashed with Cory Clouston. About 18-months since Hammond’s Cinderella’esque emergence on the NHL scene concluded, but the Senators saw enough of Hammond...
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November 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Senators Looking to Trade Andrew Hammond?

When the Senators acquired Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2017 fifth round pick on November 2, it was sold as a move that was necessary because the Senators’ goaltending situation was in a state of flux. Not only did the Anderson family come forward and reveal that Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with cancer,  but Andrew Hammond suffered a lower-body injury shortly...
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November 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Thoughts in Bold: Eugene Melnyk’s Letter to the Ottawa Citizen

After doing so, so, so well these past few months avoiding microphones and newspaper headlines, Eugene Melnyk is back. That’s right, Mr. Melnyk is ****ing back! For the first time in what feels like ages, the Euge has stepped back into the fray and lobbed some verbal jabs at the Ottawa Citizen for their editorial piece that endorsed the idea of the Senators playing an outdoor game...
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November 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Mayor Jim Watson Speaks: Promoting Importance of 2017 Outdoor Game to Melnyk

On the heels of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s announcement that the federal government had nixed the idea of holding an outdoor game in December of 2017 on Parliament Hill, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson met with the Ottawa Senators yesterday to articulate the importance of hosting a game in 2017 to commemorate a number of anniversaries. The importance of a game obviously wouldn...
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November 11, 2016  |  Discuss

How are the Senators getting it done?

Through the first 11 games of the Ottawa Senators’ season, the team’s 7-4-0 record belies the team’s performance. Sustained puck possession has been a problem for the Senators. Their 46.21 Corsi For percentage is the second lowest mark in the league per Corsica.Hockey and they also rank in the bottom ten of the league when it comes to the percentage of five-on-five shots for...
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November 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Niko Bonds

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Niko Bonds, son of baseball’s Home Run King Barry Bonds. In the ultimate episode of “Bonds on Bonds”, Niko shares with the boys some Dodger Stadium horror stories, talks about the worst fans in sports, why he didn’t join the family business and what gets his dad up and moving every morning. (Download The Hall of Very Good...
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November 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Senators Trade For Mike Condon, Return Thomas Chabot to Junior

In light of recent events that saw Andrew Hammond land on the LTIR with a groin injury and Nicholle Anderson’s cancer diagnosis that necessitated having her husband, Craig, taking a leave of absence from the team, the Ottawa Senators announced yesterday that they dealt a 2017 fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for goaltender Mike Condon. On the surface, it’s the kind...
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November 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Michael J. Fox congratulates Cubs on World Series win

So…didja hear the one about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series? Much to the chagrin of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, the stands at Progressive Field were (much like Wrigley Field) littered with familiar faces. On hand to watch their Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians…Bill Murray, Eddie Vedder, John Cusack and Bonnie Hunt. Not there…Michael J. Fox. That said...
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November 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Corgan Hates the Celebs at Wrigley Field

If you’ve watched any of the World Series, you know that when it comes to celebrities…the Chicago Cubs are light years ahead of the Cleveland Indians. But here’s the thing. If the seemingly never ending cutaways of John Cusack, Vince Vaughn, Jim Belushi and the like are little too much for you to handle…you’re not alone. Billy Corgan agrees. “I don’t talk to other Cubs...
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November 02, 2016  |  Discuss

What Does This Curt Schilling Tweet Mean?

Depending on who you ask, Donald Trump either did or didn’t hint at assassinating Hillary Clinton. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” The Trumpster said back in August. “Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.” Tuesday night, former big leaguer (and Trump sycophant...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Baseball Star Jose Fernandez Died With Cocaine In His Blood

Life without extreme would be bland and boring. That’s why everyone is trying to find a thing that will fill the life with joy and excitement. Some go in for sports, while others prefer casino and gambling of all sorts. In fact, it doesn’t really matter which way you choose. Whether you bet on horses or you enjoy online slot machines at websites like All Slots Casino, you continue...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence Just Won Halloween, Gang

Who says Halloween is just for the kids? Whether it’s the Chicago Cubs heading to Cleveland for Game Six of the World Series in costume or Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle channeling Kurt Cobain, it’s safe to say Major League Baseball is celebrating in style. And Monday night…Hunter Pence won the damn thing. The San Francisco Giants outfielder and his fiancé, Alexis Cozombolidis...
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November 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Unfortunate Headline Ruins Otherwise Dominant Performance

As it should be, the talk following the Chicago Cubs dramatic Game Five victory Sunday night was Aroldis Chapman’s masterful eight-out save. A big part of the closer’s dominant performance…a record 19 pitches that clocked in at over 100 miles per hour. The online Chicago Daily News decided a gun reference should accompany a picture of Chapman who, last October, was involved...
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October 31, 2016  |  Discuss
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