Pierre Dorion Speaks: Colorado Trade, Pyatt/Condon Extensions, Lazar’s Struggles

Thanks to the Montreal Canadiens recent stretch of ineptness that puts their hold on first in the Atlantic Division in a precarious position, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion joined Steve Lloyd and Todd White on TSN 1200’s ‘In the Box’ to talk about his team and the advantageous situation that they’re in. I didn’t transcribe all of the interview, so if you...
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February 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Andrew Hammond Waived

In a move that could signal that his career with the Ottawa Senators is over, Andrew Hammond was waived by the team before today’s noon deadline to make room for the returning Craig Anderson. If Hammond goes unclaimed, he’ll be returned to Binghamton where he’ll congest their goaltending picture and take playing time away from prospects who the Senators need to evaluate and...
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February 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Rumour: Senators to Ask Phaneuf to Waive NMC

Normally I don’t read Don Brennan articles, but when I do, there’s usually a good reason for it. Maybe it’s nothing or it could be something, but in buried in the depths of an article in yesterday’s Ottawa Sun, Brennan wrote, “it’s widely believed the Senators will protect Cody Ceci and Marc Methot along with Erik Karlsson, and ask Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-move with...
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February 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Senators’ Asking Price for Lazar is Comically High

During tonight’s Blues versus Senators broadcast on TSN5, Bruce Garrioch appeared in his regular first intermission ‘Question Period’ segment alongside Brent Wallace where he was asked about Curtis Lazar’s situation. With Lazar sitting out tonight’s game as a healthy scratch, reports suggest that teams are kicking tires to see what Ottawa’s looking to do with the former...
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February 07, 2017  |  Discuss

What We Learned: dumping on the Sens will piss fans off

Leave it to Ryan Lambert to generate some buzz on the interwebs. On Friday afternoon the Puck Daddy contributor did what he does best: he raised some important points about hockey a team while concurrently antagonizing a significant chunk of that particular hockey team’s fan base. The smug schtick works well. Aggrieved fans dismiss his message outright, but not before circulating...
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February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Senators Sign Zack Smith to 4-Year, $13-Million Extension

Well Senators fans, when it comes to your mock expansion draft scenarios, you can now pencil forward Zack Smith in as one of the team’s protected forwards. Today the Ottawa Senators announced this afternoon that they have inked Smith to a four-year contract extension worth $13-million that carries an average annual value of $3.25-million. The 28-year old forward, who turns 29 in...
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January 23, 2017  |  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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January 17, 2017  |  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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December 28, 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

Wild Fans Speak: Thoughts and Predictions Going Into the 2016-17 Season Part 1 of 2

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 21: Fans watch the action between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks at the TCF Bank Stadium during the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series game on February 21, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Football is just about in full swing at all levels and fans across the U.S. make their way to couches and TV’s to...
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September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Wild Town Hall and Traverse City Tournament Thoughts

Back to school means hockey season is right around the corner. Whether you’re a parent or not I think everyone sort of understands how things change once their local schools resume classes in the next few days or weeks.  Traffic intensifies and everything just sort of feels that much more busy.  It also signals that hockey season is right around the corner and before we know...
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August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

What if the Minnesota Wild Were Magic: the Gathering Cards?

Magic the Gathering is a collectible card game that has been going strong since 1993. I remember it as if it were yesterday.  It my sophomore year in high school and I was in study hall with nothing to do.  My homework was finished and I was pretty bored just reading the Minneapolis Star Tribune when a few tables away from me some of my peers were playing this strange card game...
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August 20, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL Overtime Rule Proposal, Make Teams Pull The Goalie, Yes Seriously…

OTTAWA, ON – APRIL 22: Tom Gilbert #77 of the Montreal Canadiens checks a streaking Mark Stone #61 of the Ottawa Senators as he tries for an empty net goal on April 22, 2015 in Ottawa. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) A few years back I was hosting my annual video game tournament for the High School boys tennis team that I happen to be the head coach...
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August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

What is the Best Hockey Video Game of All Time?

Electronic Arts NHL ’16 Screenshot, practicing 3-on-3. With the advent of portable video game consoles in the 1970’s, electronic gaming moved from the bars to people’s living rooms.  The earliest true video game Pong (first appeared in 1972), spawned its slightly altered counterpart, Hockey.  Hockey kept the same Pong-like sliders, except they added back walls and simple...
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August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Some Minnesota Wild Podcasts Worth Listening To…

3 in the Box, the Longest Running Underground Wild Podcast brings savvy, wit and plenty of laughs. Its almost August, are you missing some Wild hockey talk?  I think I might be able to help with that.  A little over a year and a half ago I got involved with a podcast that was running on the Alive & Social Network, on their Wild Wednesdays show that run hosted by Jeff Dubay...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Development Camp & Camp Roster Announced

BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: Luke Kunin poses for a portrait after being selected 15th overall by the Minnesota Wild in round one during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images) Summer camp is something most teenagers understand.  Its a chance to attend to people’s interest or in a more cynical perspective its a chance for...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Why The Minnesota Wild Should Pass on Signing Matt Cullen

Matt Cullen battles for a puck. I think just about everyone is sentimental about something.  It could be a dish your grandma or mother makes or it could be a childhood toy or game that you loved so much.  The value goes beyond a monetary amount.  In fact, to get that back most would pay just about anything to get it just to have it back in some way.  Playing to sentimentality...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Fletcher’s Free Agency Moves Reflect Reason And Urgency

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 19: Eric Staal #12 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2016 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The old saying of ‘fool me once, shame on...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Free Agency, Trade Targets for the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2016

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders checks Derek MacKenzie #17 of the Florida Panthers during the overtime period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 17, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Drafts Two Forwards and a Defenseman on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Gustav Olofsson during the third period at TD Garden on November 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Wild 4-2. While a lot of the focus of any draft is on what happens on the first day, it is often what happens on the 2nd day that can sometimes be more impactful.  The draft is full of examples of this.  Shea Weber, Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, P.K. Subban...
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June 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild select Luke Kunin 15th Overall in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Jordan Greenway reacts after being selected 50th overall by the Minnesota Wild during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) On Wednesday, the announced that it will add an expansion team in 2017 in Las Vegas.  Sports writers are thrilled but I felt the overall reception on social...
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June 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Shake Up Their Coaching and Training Staff To Create a New Culture

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 19: Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild delivers a ceremonial pitch before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) When the Wild hired Bruce Boudreau in May, it was the result of an aggressive effort by the organization to turn...
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June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NHL Mock Draft-a-palooza, Minnesota Wild Style

Top Prospect Auston Matthews speaks during media availability for the 2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects prior to Game Four of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 6, 2016 in San Jose, California. Prior to the creation of the salary cap, the NHL Entry Draft was still a fun time of year, as fans and teams embraced the excitement of selecting new talent for their respective...
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June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Minnesota Wild NHL Draft Preview: Goaltenders

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Kaapo Kahkonen of the Minnesota Wild poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Goaltending will always be the x-factor in hockey, no matter what era of hockey you examine.  From Martin Jones‘ 44 save performance in Game 5 of the...
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June 14, 2016  |  Discuss
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