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POSTED ON Friday, 19.07.2013 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Many around the NHL have speculated how on earth an Ottawa Senators team ravaged by injury to some of its top players could manage to keep its head above water over the course of the 2013 NHL season. Those who have paid close attention, however, needn’t look further than the masked men in goal for the Sens.

The Sens may have averaged the third highest amount of shots-against per game in the NHL, but their goaltenders were there to answer the bell all season long. Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner, and now-former Senator Ben Bishop combined to provide the Sens with the best team save percentage in hockey at .936 and the second best goals-against average at 2.07.

Individually, Sens ‘tenders Anderson and Lehner were fantastic all season long.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 18.07.2013 / 3:40 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

It's no secret that Bobby Ryan had one of the most whirlwind first days of any player to arrive in a new city yesterday. From media appearances to team functions to hanging out with kids at the Bell Sensplex, Bobby crisscrossed the National Capital region as part of his welcome tour.

To give you a sense of how hectic it is for an NHL team's newest star, Sens TV followed Bobby along on his journey, picking him up bright and early on Wednesday morning and hanging with him until he headed back to Canadian Tire Centre. It's exhausting to watch.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 18.07.2013 / 2:50 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced today.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 18.07.2013 / 2:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators have extended the contracts of Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson and his staff by an additional year.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 17.07.2013 / 11:45 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Bobby Ryan is making his first media rounds in town as a member of the Senators and this included a stop at the Team 1200 this morning. Here's what Bobby had to say to a bevvy of questions...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 17.07.2013 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

This picture has been making the rounds through Ottawa's corner of the internet lately, but I figured there's no better way to kick off Bobby Ryan's first day in town -- to be known henceforth as 'Ryanpalooza' -- with this throwback photo.

Above you see a very young Bobby Ryan on his draft weekend -- July 31, 2005 to be exact -- in a Mighty Ducks jersey and a (now defunct) Ottawa Lynx ballcap. He signed autographs at the ballpark that day.

Little did he know he'd be back in town to play for the hometown NHL team a couple weeks shy of eight years later.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 16.07.2013 / 2:11 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind closed doors during a player's exit interview? Well, now you can have a better idea thanks to Sens TV.

At the end of this year's development camp, Sens TV went into the room with Sens brass for a handful of their exit interviews with camp attendees. It's a very cool, one-of-a-kind look at what is said and talked about as a player reflects on a period of time with a team and gets pointers on how to proceed moving forward.

Don't just take my word for it. Watch it here...

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POSTED ON Monday, 15.07.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

In what feels like the first non-special Monday in quite a while, Memorable Monday returns today with a look at another pair of firsts, which came in the same game courtesy of Andre Benoit and David Dziurzynski.

With injuries to Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek less than a week old, players across the Sens lineup were being forced to take elevated roles. Benoit, who has since moved on to Colorado, took a regular spot on the blueline, while Dziurzynski, recently called up from Binghamton, was inserted as a defensive winger alongside Zack Smith and Chris Neil.

On February 19 -- the team’s third game in four nights -- the pair lifted the Sens to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Benoit’s first career goal came on a rocket from the point past a screened Rick DiPietro and ultimately stood as the game winner. Dziurzynski provided the dagger with less than five minutes to play in the third period on a scramble in front of the net. Both goals were the first of their respective NHL careers.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Monday, 15.07.2013 / 11:50 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

If you were looking to find a player that caught a lot of attention during Sens Development Camp this year, Fredrick Claesson was your man.

He was clearly a veteran of the proceedings as 2013 marked his third development camp since being drafted in 2011. On the ice he looked very physical, very composed and a step ahead. Between strong performances in Binghamton and a strong development and training camps, Claesson could be inching his way into the discussion as a potential NHL defenceman in the near future.

Fans weren't the only ones to take notice of his strong showing at camp as Claesson took home the award for hardest worker on the final day of camp.

Sens TV was on hand for his award and got some of his thoughts on camp at the Bell Sensplex. Take a look...

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.07.2013 / 3:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Sens continued to round out their roster on Friday, announcing that they have re-signed forward Erik Condra to a two-year deal. He had entered the off-season as a restricted free agent meaning, with the deal, both sides have avoided arbitration.

Here's what Sens Assistant GM Tim Murray had to say about the signing...

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
2 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 32 7 16 -12 23
K. Turris 32 7 16 -7 23
B. Ryan 29 7 14 5 21
M. Zibanejad 30 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 31 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 29 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 30 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 29 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 32 6 7 -4 13
M. Michalek 28 3 6 -6 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 4 2 .913 2.84