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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.08.2013 / 11:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Another week of Sens Summer Camps means another chance for campers to meet one of their local hockey heroes. Ceci, Methot, Ryan and Pageau have stopped by already and the next player to make an appearance will be none other than Kyle Turris.

Turris is set to join the Ottawa Senators Summer Camps on Wednesday, August 7. Those who want to be campers can sign up now for you chance to meet, get autographs and play hockey with Kyle. Check out BellSensplex.ca for all your camp information.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.08.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Last week J-G Pageau’s Game 3 performance against the Montreal Canadiens was singled out as one of the top “individual efforts” of the year and, as it turns out, a Craig Anderson Game 3 performance in the Sens next series was highlighted among the best goaltending efforts of the year.

Here’s what NHL.com had to say about Andy’s dandy performance...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.08.2013 / 10:50 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Is it possible that Bobby Ryan was subtly paying homage to the legacy of Radek Bonk when he tweeted that he was coming in hot? There's no way of knowing — we simply don't have the technology — but Bonk was clearly the first on that train of thought, as evidenced by this Bodycheck cover.

There are many things to note here, so let's have a closer look...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 31.07.2013 / 4:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Things are about to get awesome.

For the month of August, we will be rolling out a tribute to the game program that was: Bodycheck. In lieu of regular Throwback Thursday programming, we'll be taking a look at some of the best, most charismatic covers we could dig up over the next five weeks.

Prepare for:

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 31.07.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

J-G Pageau was the most recent Sens player to pop by Sens Summer Camps at the Bell Sensplex today as he did some drillwork and spoke to campers, in addition to spending some time with the media. During his Q&A session he covered his summer, the year that was and looked ahead to training camp.

Afterwards, Sens TV got him for a deeply revealing one-on-one, but more on that in a moment.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.07.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

A common sentiment at the conclusion of 2013’s sprint to the NHL finish line was “How good could the Sens have been if they (you know) played a full season together?”

The roster got five games from Jason Spezza before he was lost for the season, 14 from Erik Karlsson before he was lost until the final weekend of the season, 24 total games from Craig Anderson in what could have been a Vezina Trophy winning season and 23 games from a less than 100 per cent Milan Michalek. In sum, arguably the four best players on the 2013 Ottawa Senators roster played a whopping five games together before the team was bit hard by the injury bug.

The injured list wasn’t the only instance where the shortened season affected the Sens negatively. I previously explored the Sens goal-scoring woes and, in no shock to many, much of their problems were attributed to bad luck and not — like many suggested — poor shot quality.

From much of this we can surmise that the Sens had — for the lack of a better term — atrocious luck in 2013. That’s not to make excuses, that’s just an appraisal of the situation. Losing a half dozen marquee players and shooting well below the league average isn’t something that happens every year, let alone to a team that still manages a top half finish in their respective league despite playing roughly 50 per cent of a regular schedule.

So, how good could the 2013-14 Sens be with a full lineup and 82 games to get those bounces back? According to one model, very good.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.07.2013 / 11:30 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With two right handed wingers from the 2013 Sens roster playing elsewhere in 2013-14 (Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Alfredsson), the team will be looking for a player to step up and fill the void come opening night.

Among those looking to cement themselves as an everyday NHLer is Mark Stone, who played a handful of games with the big club last season. As a natural right winger and — like Silfverberg and Alfredsson — a right handed shot, he will be poised to receive a long look from the team come training camp.

He spoke to Bruce Luebke, play-by-play man for Stone’s former junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, during their annual hockey school.

Here’s a snippet of what Mark had to say about the upcoming season and his NHL experiences thus far...

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POSTED ON Monday, 29.07.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Another Monday means another installment of Memorable Monday. This time around, we’ll be taking a look at one of the most exciting finishes of the season — Colin Greening’s buzzer beater on February 23 to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

More below the jump...

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POSTED ON Friday, 26.07.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. For the Sens, this includes adding people with whose last name is Karlsson.

After much Twitter speculation over the past 24 hours, the Sens have signed college free agent Ludwig Karlsson (no relation) of Stockholm, Sweden to a two-year, entry level contract. Karlsson joins the organization after two years with the Northeastern Huskies of the NCAA.

From the official release...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.07.2013 / 1:40 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It’s Thursday, meaning it’s time for some Throwbacking.

We have opted for this 1997-98 season calendar as our Throwback Thursday submission as it was the first year the NHL sent its players to the Olympics. It was also just a generally interesting year in the lifecycle of a hockey league. Some highlights?

Some highlights...

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93