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Senators having another surprising season


The Ottawa Senators have managed to surprise fans and critics for a third-straight season.


The 2009-2010 season surprised everyone when the Sens blew up their roster to rebuild and finished in thirteenth-place. Ottawa was expected to finish around the same in 2010-2011, but they managed to squeeze into the playoffs. This season, they have started their season with three consecutive wins.


It's early in the young season, but the Sens remain the only undefeated Eastern Conference team with three or ...

Matt Carkner: Cult Hero in the making?

Lost in the flurry of what fans are referring affectionately as "Lubo Gate", the Islanders became a whole lot tougher in the off season. They did this by signing a man who has no problem dropping the gloves in defense of his teammates.

Matt Carkner quietly signed a three year deal worth $4.5 million dollars. Carkner is not what you would call an offensive defenseman but he does come with a grittiness that leaves a mark.

Just ask the players that had to be scraped off of the boards from his bone crunching hits.

In his unofficial initiation to Islanders fans' hearts, he became public enemy number one during the Senators' playoff series where they pushed the Rangers to the limit. Who can forget his assault on Brian Boyle which earned him a one game suspension?

Where Are They Now? Denis Potvin

Let's check with one of the greatest Islanders players of all-time

Where Are They Now? Mark Parrish

Where is that big-bodied forward that played for the Islanders in the early 2000’s?

Where is that forward that used to be part of the 7’s line with Michael Peca and Shawn Bates?

Where is Mark Parrish?

Where Are They Now? Brad Isbister

The first player that will be looked at in the new revamped ‘Where Are They Now’ is Brad Isbister. For those who don’t remember Isbister was apart of the Islanders team that finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs in 2001-2002 season.

Isbister was drafted in the 3rd (67th overall) 1995 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets; this was the same draft the Islanders selected Wade Redden then moved him in a package to the Ottawa Senators for the 1st overall pick in 1995 Bryan Berard.

Senators very active on free agent day

Ottawa Senators fans will miss Nick Foligno. He is a heart and soul player who gave everything he had for the club. He has a great personality in the locker room, and could be called upon in all situations.

But, Senators fan will love Mark Methot. Methot is the type of shut-down, hard-nosed defenseman Ottawa has been missing since the A-Train (Anton Volchenkov) left to free agency. He blocks shots, starts against top competition, and frequently penalty kills and has defensive-zone starts.

Guillaume Latendresse is a true buy-low free agent. Latendresse has been dynamic at times, frustrating at others, and just purely not playing most of the time. Murray took a gamble by signing...

Senators will make splash

The biggest sports team in Canada's capital city will be looking to make a huge splash on Canada Day.

The Ottawa Senators will definitely be looking for help on defense. None of their defensive prospects look ready to make the jump to the NHL, so Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be looking to add help through free agency.

The team has not re-signed UFAs Matt Carkner, Matt Gilroy and Filip Kuba. It is likely the team will bring back Carkner, but not the others. It is curious that Kuba was not brought back considering how well he played alongside Norris-winner Erik Karlsson.

Murray likely has plans for a UFA he would like Karlsson to skate with, or he might b...

Ottawa Senators Select Cody Ceci At No. 15

With the No. 15 overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Ottawa Senators have selected Cody Ceci.


HOMETOWN:  Orleans, Ontario
SHOOTS:  Right
AGE: 18
SIZE: 6'3"
WEIGHT: 207 lbs. 
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Ottawa 67's / OHL

One of the top defensive prospects in this year's Draft, Ceci had the second-highest scoring for a defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League this year, greatly improving his play from last year.

He has excellent hockey sense and is considered a solid two-way defenseman with a good offensive touch.

Ceci has size and skill coupled with a smart touch on the...

Senators will likely draft D


It is always difficult to predict which skater a team will draft.

The Ottawa Senators draft in the 15th spot, which is a fairly strong draft pick.

Consider the Senators drafted Erik Karlsson, this year's Norris Trophy winner, with the 15th overall pick in 2008.

The draft looks to be strong on defensemen, which works out well for the Senators.

Ottawa is thin on defensive prospects – who are not already playing in the NHL (hello Jare...

A Message from Eugene

The first thing I thought when I read the email title, "A Message from Eugene Melnyk," was SPAM.

It turns out it actually was a message from Melnyk.

No, not a private message - we are not on those terms - but a message from Melnyk out to all Ottawa Senators fans highlighting the 20th year of the Senators' existence.

The timing could not be better for it as the awards nominations are announced and several Senators have found their names mentioned.

Paul Maclean is up for coach of the year (no brainer), Daniel Alfredsson is up for perseverence, and Erik Karlsson is up for best defenseman of the league. Mind-boggling year for the Senators.