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GM Bracket Battle: Francis vs. Poile

September 2, 2020 - 9:29 PM ET

The first round of the General Manager Bracket Battle saw two heavyweights set against each other, with Detroit’s Steve Yzerman coming out with a convincing victory over Boston’s Don Sweeney. Despite woeful on-ice results in Detroit, Yzerman’s reputation from his years in Tampa Bay was clearly...

Thoughts on the Matt Murray Rumor

September 3, 2020 - 12:56 PM ET

TSN’s Frank Seravalli has linked the Ottawa Senators, among other teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins and goaltender Matt Murray. Murray, who is widely believed to be available via trade, will be a restricted free agent when the league calendar turns over. It’s no secret that goaltending is...

GM Bracket Battle: McCrimmon vs. Bergevin

September 4, 2020 - 10:24 PM ET

Another first-round instalment of the GM Bracket Battle, another convincing victory; David Poile cruised to a win against Ron Francis to join Steve Yzerman in the second round. My hunch is that tonight’s matchup will be another one-sided affair: 8 – Vegas Golden Knights: Kelly McCrimmon What...

Go Islanders!

September 6, 2020 - 12:01 AM ET

Things were almost looking too good for the Ottawa Senators. The third and fifth overall picks in a great draft? Check. The promising development of prospects and young roster players? Check. A coach that preaches an up-tempo, entertaining brand of hockey? Check. And, as Gord_Wilson_2.0 mentioned in...

Bobby Ryan Wins Masterton Trophy

September 7, 2020 - 11:48 PM ET

The National Hockey League announced today that Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan is the 2019-20 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Ryan is the second Senator to take hom...

Preaching Patience

September 9, 2020 - 12:39 PM ET

Curtis Lazar and Cody Ceci continue to have an impact on the Ottawa Senators, even if neither one has worn a Senators jersey in the last while. Once highly-regarded prospects, both players struggled to gain any traction in Ottawa, then struggled some more, then struggled some more, and then struggle...

Random Rumblings

September 11, 2020 - 1:31 PM ET

There have been a few random rumblings in the Ottawa Senators universe over the last handful of days. Here is a summary and my thoughts on each: Borowiecki to Test the Market The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian broke the news, and other outlets have since picked up on it: Mark Borowiecki and the Ott...

GM Bracket Battle: Waddell vs. Bowman

September 14, 2020 - 1:08 PM ET

After a few days off to cover some Senators news, it’s time to return to the GM Bracket Battle. In the last blog, Vegas’ Kelly McCrimmon carried the day over Montreal’s Marc Bergevin. Let’s get to today’s matchup: 9 – Carolina Hurricanes: Don Waddell Perhaps Waddell’s greatest str...

GM Bracket Battle: BriseBois vs. Blake

September 15, 2020 - 3:29 PM ET

Carolina’s Don Waddell was the big winner in the latest first round matchup of the GM Bracket Battle, earning a well-deserved victory over Chicago’s Stan Bowman. Today, we have a contest between two relative newcomers to the General Manager ranks: 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning: Julien BriseBois...

Weaponizing Cap Space

September 16, 2020 - 6:15 PM ET

Earlier in the offseason, I wrote a blog after rumors of Brock Boeser being shopped out of Vancouver started floating around on social media. The theory was that the Senators could land a good player for less than they might otherwise have to pay given the fact that Vancouver is in a tight salary ca...

Submit Your Questions to Mike's Mailbag

September 18, 2020 - 10:32 AM ET

There are rumors that the '2D' logo will be released imminently. The draft is right around the corner. It's the middle of the month. And, I'm travelling for the next two days with limited internet access. All that combines to make it a perfect time for another edition of Mike's Mailbag! This is like...

Senators Officially Return to '2D' Logo

September 20, 2020 - 3:46 PM ET

As hinted at for the last number of months, the Ottawa Senators have officially returned to a version of the '2D' logo they used until 2007-2008: 10.6.20 pic.twitter.com/XEbAdhhnE2— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 18, 2020 The Athletic's Hailey Salvian confirmed that the rebrand was on th...

Mike's Mailbag: Draft Picks, Moving Up, Trade Proposals, and More!

September 22, 2020 - 11:27 PM ET

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit questions to Mike’s Mailbag! We have lots of great draft coverage to get to today, among a few other topics as well. Here is my first set of responses to your questions: Paul asks: If Drysdale and Sanderson are on the board at 5, which they should...