Senators sign forward Garrett Thompson and goaltender Chris Driedger to entry-level contracts

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Garrett Thompson to a one-year entry-level contract and goaltender Chris Driedger to a three-year entry-level contract.

Thompson recently finished his fourth-year in his collegiate career with the Ferris State University’s Bulldogs on March 29 after the team was eliminated in a 2-1 overtime loss to North Dakota.

In 43 games played in the 2013-14 season he earned scored 16 goals, 16 assists and is part of a three-way first-place tie at 32 points between now former teammates Cory Kane and Justin Buzz. Thompson lead the Bulldogs in scoring and in 139 games played with Ferris State, he earned 42 goals and 45 assists, with a total of 87 points in a four-year span.

“When you come to the realization that your college career is over and you have to decide (where to sign afterwards), it’s tough,” said Thompson in an exit-interview with TV/Radio announcer Dominic Hennig. “It’s really exciting at the same time.”

Garrett will look to have an immediate impact on the Senators junior club, the Binghamton Senators, as he is expected to join the team Wednesday as they prepare to face the Amerks on Friday.

Goaltender Chris Driedger recently completed his fourth season with the playoff clinched Calgary Hitmen, acquiring a record of 28 wins, 14 losses and a save percentage of .918%.  In his four-year duration with the Hitmen Driedger finishes his time in Calgary with a career total of 94 wins, 47 losses, 8 shut outs and a save percentage of .908%

The 2012 third-round pick of the Ottawa Senators may appear with Binghamton sooner than later, as goaltender Scott Greenham returned to the clubs ECHL affiliate, the Elmira Jackals on March 31.

 

Daniel Alfredsson sheds light on reasoning behind leaving Ottawa

At roughly 11 a.m. Daniel Alfredsson, former captain of the Ottawa Senators and now right-winger for the Detroit Red Wings was scheduled to speak to Ottawa and NHL hockey media alike to address his work with The Royal Ottawa and mental health. Included in this would be an explanation of how he’ll proceed doing so while living outside of the nation’s capital.

While this was the initial plan of the news conference, things quickly turned as this was the first conference Alfredsson had hosted since signing with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5. 2013. Alfredsson began his talk with looking back on him and his wife Bibi came to Ottawa as young 22-year-old Swedes looking to make Ottawa their home, even if only for a few years.

The Alfredsson clan expanded to six members over 1178 GP, 426 G, 682 A, for 1108 points.

“Ottawa will always be home in our hearts,” the former Senators captain stated.

Alfredsson continued the talk by reminiscing on the type of relationships and life lessons that he was bestowed during his work thus far with The Royal Ottawa.

Up until this press conference, fans and analysts had colliding opinions and theories on why Alfredsson left. Was it for money? Was it really for a better playoff chance in Detroit?

“I have friends who play on their team, (Detroit). I like their style of play and I knew they needed a right-handed shot,” said Alfredsson.

According to Alfredsson, this and money were factors. After completing a four-year contract worth $19,500,000 with making only $1,000,000 in the final year the 40- year-old stated that despite best efforts contract negotiations came to a slow halt.

“I reminded management of our agreement,” Alfredsson said, referring to the pay-cut he took to help the team manage the salary cap. While contract negotiations did not pan out to Alfie’s favour, he added that their were no hard feelings towards GM Bryan Murray.

Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun reports Alfredsson’s alleged asking price.

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When asked if the possibility playing in the Olympics played a factor in his decision to play to Detroit, Alfredsson said that it was not and reminded all those listening that he’s been a part of four Olympics and would love to play in another. Despite this question there was still focus on his previous comment of him believing that Detroit had a better chance of a Stanley Cup run over Ottawa.
“I wish I could have taken that comment back,” admitted Alfredsson. He continued by saying he fully expects Ottawa to grow and become better as they’ve done in recent years.

All hockey aside, Daniel Alfredsson and family will continue work with The Royal Ottawa. As of now, the next time Sens fans will be able to see Ottawa’s longest serving captain skate on Canadian Tire Centre ice is on Sunday December 1st, 2013.

“It’s the beginning of a new adventure,” smiled Alfredsson.

Another one bites the…ice?

MacLeanIn 79GP, MacLean had 41G and 60A….with Winnipeg. In 84-85. Lace ‘em up Paul!

If you told me last year that in exactly one year the Ottawa Senators were going to be without Spezza, Karlsson and Anderson in this shortened season, I’d have laughed at you. I’d then probably question you on how you knew the season would be shortened. Our conversation would probably end in me asking how you came by this information, in which you’d probably disappear in a *poof* of smoke, whilst whispering, “Cowen and Michalek will be gone too…*cough from smoke* as will Latendresse and Regin.” I’d sit there in my chair drenched in sweat, waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop out and telling me that I’ve just been punked.

Well that got a little weird.

Here I sit, February 22nd of 2013, looking at the line-up for last night’s game against the New York Rangers, perplexed on how far we’ve come, but startled on our screeching halt. Zoiks.

For those who were unaware, here is the starting lineup for the second game in a row, per SensChirp mind you.

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Dziurzynski-Smith-Neil

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OTT vs. WPG – Senators cool the Jets, 4-1 OTT.

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Group stretch at SBP last weeks open practice to the public. 

Ladies and gentlemen, hockey the NHL is back! I’ve spent the past half hour thinking of what exactly to write for an intro to this blog post but when it comes down to it I feel as if I’m in the same boat as all the other blogs – let’s get right into this already! Note: This post will be mostly in note formation hence the run on sentences which are just out of excitement because the Ottawa Senators are finally back playing hockey together and I can’t wait to see them play the season and oh my god oh my god oh my god - 

First period

Two shots off the post in the first five minutes with Evander Kane slapping a backhander that definitely put me on the edge of the couch

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Couldn’t agree more Bonk.

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Game recap : Binghamton Senators fall 6-5 in OT to Syracuse Crunch after leading 5-0.

Binghamton goals

1st period

7:25 – M. Hoffman from J. Silfverberg, M. Zibanejad

9:18 – P. Cannone from M. Hoffman, A. Petersson

2nd period

1:35 – T. Eckford from M. Stone, A. Petersson

2:51 – D. Grant from M. Stone

6:35 – M. Borowiecki from F. Claesson, C. Schneider

Alright, great game boys! We’ve got a five goal lead, let’s spend the rest of the game focusing on teamwork and getting our beloved goaltender Robin Lehner his first shut out of the 2012-2013 season!

NOPE.

After being run down and toppled by Richard Panik of the Syracuse Crunch, (who later went to score the game winning goal in OT) we really can’t be surprised that Lehner reacted the way he did. He’s an emotional guy who is an adrenaline junkie. After watching highlights from last night’s game, (which can be found here) you have to ask yourself – what happened?

This.

Well for one, Lehner went into his well known state of “beast-mode ;)” and absolutely mangeled the Crunch’s goalie, Riku Helenius. The thing that irritates me the most about Lehner’s ejection is that prior to Helenius skating from his end to Bingo’s blue line and initiating the fight, Lehner would’ve most likely only received a penalty for leaving the crease, maybe one for roughing. That’s it. The referee wearing #84 clearly had Lehner under control and pinned to the glass, why didn’t he keep him there? Is it not his job to detain players and stop these fights from escalating even more?

From there, the players just began to fall apart. I applaud Lehner’s ability and passion to fire the boys up, but this was a move that ultimately was our downfall.

Then there was the matter of throwing Lawson in, who had played the night before with the Senators ECHL affiliate the Elmira Jackals. Lawson had 32 saves on 34 shots and walked away with a 4-2 victory over the Wheeling Nailers.

Built on the momentum of Lehner being ejected and playing with nothing to lose, the Crunch quickly gained a 2-on-1 chance to score and did off a lucky bounce. From there it was all downhill.

In the post game interview Coach Richardson mentioned several times that hockey is a 60-minute game, not 30. He continued discussing that both teams had assumed the Crunch had lost, resulting in the lack of focus from Bingo’s side.

 “It’s a 60 min game, not 30. If it was a 30 minute game we’d all be happy but it isn’t.”

Official gamesheet from the game can be found here. Binghamton Senators face the Hershey Bears at 5 p.m. tonight.

Stream for tonight’s game can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bsenshockeylive

Who’s this Silverberg guy?

Anybody know who this guy is? Might get confusing having a Silfverberg and a Silverberg on the same roster.

The Binghamton Senators win their first pre-season game of the year vs the Hershey Bears in a shootout, 4-3.

1st goal – Tyler Eckford assisted by Ben Blood, Derek Grant.

2nd goal – Mika Zibanejad assisted by Jean-Gabriel Pagneau, Jakob Silfverberg

3rd goal – Jakob Silfverberg assisted by Mika Zibanejad

Shootout – Silfverberg, Stone, Pagneau all scored.

Blog: Despite lockout, major changes to Ottawa Senators franchise and roster.

Assuming Gary Buttman and his cronies don’t lock the NHL for the entire 2012-2013 season, (and can actually live up to the “things are going really well” jabber he’s been telling media) fans will notice a significant change in the Ottawa Senators roster. I say this because I’m not sure about you all, but I felt as if fans were immediately fired up that Matt “1G 2A” Gilroy was added to our roster in exchange for Anze Kopitar Brian Lee before the trade deadline in February. As much as I love seeing new players added to our roster, my keyboard gently weeps for those who forked out the coin/cash/plastic for his jersey. This being said, I’m smiling at my Ottawa Senators Kovalev jersey. Suddenly, everyone has stopped reading this post. Crap.

So who exactly was forced to pay $3.25 to take the 97 to the airport, (what is the deal with the price being raised to $3.30, and why the hell am I not qualified as a “student” just because I’m older than 19?! Back on track….), and who made the trip down the beautiful escalator overlooking a man made  marble waterfall at the MacDonald-Cartier airport?

Pre Boarding (Mid season 2011-2012 changes)

Nikita Filatov  (LW) – 0G 1A (Ottawa Senators) – Where to begin. World Junior All-Star. Drafted to Columbus. Unhappy. Loaned to CSKA Moscow. Traded to Ottawa Senators at 2011 Entry Draft. Huge hype. Hopes. Dreams. People banking on the Filatov-Spezza-Afredsson line. Started to goof off with Butler in practice. MacLean sends him down to Binghamton after just 9 games. Fails to sign contract with CSKA Moscow, occupies roster + salary from Ottawa. Finally signs contract with CSKA, then Salavat Yulaev (Chernyshev Division of KHL) for 2012-2013 season. Lost in the harsh winters of Russia. Apparently scored 2G and an assist during his September 10th game. ITS A COMEBACK PEOPLE!!!!!! The kid’s head must be spinning playing against Ovechkin and Kovalchuk.

Just fabulous. Pretty much sums up Filatov’s attitude.

David Rundblad (D) – 1G 3A (Ottawa Senators) 0G 3A (Phoenix Coyotes) - Acquired by the Ottawa Senators on June 25th, 2010 from St Louis Blues, (17th overall 2009 draft) for Ottawa’s 16th overall pick in 2010 Entry Draft. Honestly felt this young fellers NHL career was rushed, definitely needed more time to grow into himself and get used to the NHL rules and ice size, (11G 39A w/ Skelleftea AIK in ’10-’11). On December 17th, 2011 Rundblad as well as a second round draft pick we traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for our now all-star second line centre, Kyle Turris. I among hundreds of other say the trade was well worth it for we needed a replacement for Fisher, but are going to regret it in the future. Rundblad is going to be a powerhouse.

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Brian Lee (D) – 1G 7A (Ottawa Senators) 0G 8A (Tampa Bay Lightning) – We could have had Anze Kopitar. WE COULD HAVE HAD ANZE KOPITAR. WE COULD OF HAD ANZ- I’m not going to waste a paragraph on this. Drafted by Ottawa 1st round 9th overall in 2005 Entry Draft. Traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Gilroy, who well, you know. Just enjoy the picture.

“It’s a piece of junk!”

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