The Ottawa Senators appear as though they have not yet finished making moves as they announced Tuesday night that they have shipped forward Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins for a second round draft pick in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 30-year old, Toronto native did not score in Tuesdays 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders as he was still with the Ottawa Senators. But, he has 12 goals and 11 assists in 57 games this season.
Kelly has one year remaining on a four-year deal worth 8.5 million, which he signed prior to the 2008-09 season. He will make 2 million next season, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent.
No doubt, a smart trade by the Bruins as Kell...
Robin Lehner gloves an errant puck in NHL action against the New York Islanders January 13, 2011. Lehner earned his first NHL win in the start.
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Senators fans had two reasons to smile in December and January, and neither of them had to do with the Ottawa's play.
The 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships saw the emergence of Sens' prospect Robin Lehner as a top junior goaltending talent. To be fair, people "in the know" knew about how good of a prospect he is, but many may have received a rude awakening during the tournament. Just ask the Russians. Sure, they lost the semi-final game to the Russians, but Lehner did manage to shut out the Russians in group p...
While rival fans try to trip up expectations for 'Senchar,' Plekanec takes it literally.
When the Sens signed Sergei Gonchar, there were mixed reactions.
Some pondered whether singing him to a three-year contract at an annual cap hit of $5.5 million was a smart decision, or whether he was simply too old now.
Although it is impossible to analyze the contract after only 20ish games of the first year, Gonchar is indeed performing well so far.
I remember some fans (mostly of rival teams) claiming he would never reach 50 points in Ottawa.
Judging by his 14 points in 21 games, I think the fans are flat-out wrong. Mind you, it is still early in the season, and he may go into a slump,...
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I have watched Nick Foligno's career develop for quite some time. Living in Sudbury, I had the privilege of seeing him develop with the Sudbury Wolves, before making the step up to the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. I am a big fan of his work ethic, his exceptional defensive game, and his gritty playing style. Sens fans have come to expect him to score at least a highlight reel goal or two a year, to work the penalty kill effectively, and to shut down some of the league's top players.
There is talk about whether it will be his break-out season almost every year. Let's take a quick look at the statistics:
Year - GP - G - A - P
07-08 45 6 3 9
08-09 81 ...
Andy Veilleux, your newly-assigned B-sens reporter, here. Let’s jump right into the action.
The defense may not look exceptional at first glance, but there are a few names that stand out. Brian Lee and Derek Smith will look to continue their strong performance, and personal development, this season. Smith put up an incredible 51 points, but was an abysmal -25 on the year. Lee, if he doesn’t find himself in an Ottawa sweater, will be expected to be the top defensive-defenseman for the club. Geoff Kinrade put up a respectable 27 points, with a +27 rating. The B-Sens will look for him to continue contributing offensively, while being defensively responsible. Let’s not forge...
The Sens should bend the Leafs over again this season, now that they've resigned Regin, who is checking Kaberle in this photo.
Sens have signed Campoli to a one-year, $1.4 million contract... Looks like he'll occupy that sixth spot, as I speculated below
It was expected the Senators wouldn't be making any blockbuster signings following their pick up of Sergei Gonchar, and so far, that expectation has been true. The senators did, however, make many small, and some key, resignings, which will impact the club positively in the coming years.
The Senators recently signed QMJHL 2009-2010 MVP forward Mike Hoffman, 20, and Swiss national forward (who scored two goals, and put ...
The Senators opened up the first day of free agency in a big way by signing uber-offensive defenceman Sergei Gonchar. With the signing, it is clear the Sens may be heading back to their high-flying, high-scoring ways of their past. This offense-heavy strategy brought them tremendous success in the 2006-2007 season, when they fell only three wins short of taking home the Stanley Cup.
Gonchar bring a rocket of a shot to the blue-line, and will increase the Sens' struggling power-play unit, which rank in the lower third in the league last season. Expect Kovalev to score a few extra goals and add a few extra assists on the power-play next year. It's doubtable Kovalev will live up to his $5...
When the Ottawa Senators Acquired 27 year-old Pascal Leclaire at the trade deadline two seasons ago, many fans were optimistic he would be the answer to their goaltending woes. In short, he wasn’t. His figures from last season are frightening; only 34 games played, with 12 wins, 14 losses, 2 OT losses, .887 save percentage, and 3.2 GAA. Not even a master of public relations could make that look good. He had flashes of brilliance last season, especially in the playoffs, but he will have to be much more consistent if Ottawa hopes to compete this year. Luckily there’s another ‘tendy’ in Ottawa who had a great season.
Brian Elliott, a 25 year-old goaltender from...