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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 12:50 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

As one of the five players identified by coach MacLean as part of the Sens leadership group, Marc Methot will be stepping further into the spotlight with the Sens this season — his second as a member of the team. He met with the media today after the team's first on-ice session of training camp.

Methot discussed the workouts, the captaincy, the season ahead and playing alongside Erik Karlsson again.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 10:00 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Milan Michalek is a substantial X-Factor for the Sens heading into 2013-14. One season removed from a 36 goal campaign in 2011-12, Michalek had the vast majority of his 2013 ruined with a nagging knee injury which limited him to 23 regular season games — the brunt of which he played through the injury.

With a summer spent trying to get the knee back to full strength, Michalek could have a breakout season alongside Jason Spezza and newcomer Bobby Ryan.

Here's what he had to say on day one of camp...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 5:15 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With Sens training camp underway at Canadian Tire Centre, Paul MacLean addressed the media for the first time since his players returned to Ottawa ahead of the 2013-14 season.

As expected, much of the talk for Coach MacLean surrounded the Sens' vacant captaincy, which is a post he has yet to appoint. He is clearly approaching a decision after many days and weeks of deliberation but, as of Wednesday, nobody had been appointed yet.

Here's what coach had to say during today's lengthy conference...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 4:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It's no secret that Erik Karlsson is a key cog in the proverbial Sens machine. Much like everybody has come to camp in the best shape of their career and everyone is excited to take on the season ahead, as Karlsson heads into the next stratosphere of his career so will the Sens. This we know.

As a consequence, many eyes will be on the man wearing 65 this season as he continues his return from the gruesome achilles injury that stole the majority of Karlsson's 2013 season from him and hockey fans. His health was a big part of what was up for discussion today when Erik met with the media at Canadian Tire Centre.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 2:20 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Despite being a key acquisition this summer, the arrival of Clarke MacArthur has been overshadowed for the most part after the trade that brought Bobby Ryan to town took place. MacArthur has been a very proficient player over his past three seasons in Toronto — 125 points since 2010 — despite alternating between a checking and scoring role.

MacArthur covered a wide range of topics in his first official scrum as a member of the Senators during today's fitness testing.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.10.2013 / 11:50 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators announced their training camp roster today ahead of camp opening tomorrow, September 11, at Canadian Tire Centre.

The roster consists of 57 players who have played across multiple professional and amateur leagues in 2012-13. The roster breaks down as seven goaltenders, 17 defencemen and 33 forwards, and includes the 25 players who attended this past weekend's rookie camp in London, Ont.

The full camp roster from the official release can be found below...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.10.2013 / 9:30 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With the hype around the Sens surrounding the acquisition of Bobby Ryan this offseason, we decided to send Bobby out to the streets of Ottawa to find out how much his new neighbours know about him. There was one small kicker though — we decided not to tell anyone it was him or Sens TV on scene.

The results were predictably hilarious. Those who explained how adding such a big name guy who is “recognizable” added a particularly thick layer of irony. Take a look…

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.9.2013 / 3:05 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Sens announced today that the club has signed forward Colin Greening to a three-year contract extension. The 27 year old is entering the final year of a three-year contract signed at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Consequently, the extension takes effect beginning in 2014-15.

Greening overcame a slow start to the shortened 2013 season to finish his year with seven goals and 19 points in 47 games before a strong post-season. He was one of the Sens’ top performers in the playoffs, particularly against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he recorded three goals and an assist in the five game series, including the game winning goal in the second overtime of game three.

As a big winger who can move all over the ice, Greening has shown his versatility for the Sens, operating in both a shutdown and scoring role with proficiency. As one of the more battle-tested veterans on a suddenly very young Sens team, expect 14 to play a key role for the team going forward in multiple situations.

Sens TV spoke with Greening after he signed his extension. Here’s what he had to say…

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.6.2013 / 5:15 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The latest college free agent to join the Ottawa Senators this season was Northeastern forward Ludwig Karlsson, who signed a two-year entry level deal on July 26 with the Sens.

Karlsson has been a quality goalscorer at the collegiate level for the Huskies and has gained experience at two NHL development camps in Anaheim and Nashville, respectively. He came over to North America at 17 years old to ply his trade in the USHL circuit before catching on in the NCAA's Hockey East conference. Earlier this week, Paul MacLean hinted that Ludwig may be in the running for a roster spot with the big club, which means Sens fans may get a good look at him sooner rather than later.

With this information in mind, get to know new Sens prospect Ludwig Karlsson...

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.6.2013 / 4:30 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With a big 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game one of rookie tournament play, the Sens came out of their first contest looking solid for their first time in competitive play since the spring.

Luke Richardson — who is the head coach of the group of rookies in London — weighed in on their performance after the win.

Here's what he had to say...

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44