It was a busy day in Ottawa with whirlwind news for the Sens surrounding Daniel Alfredsson and new acquisitions Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan. Bryan Murray had plenty to offer to Sens fans on each topic.
But first, this statement from team owner, Eugene Melnyk:
Ryan reacted to the trade on Twitter with what may be the single greatest trade reaction tweet of all-time.
More below the jump...
Ottawa.... Im coming in hot— Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9) July 5, 2013
The Sens have made their first acquisition of the free agency period today, landing former Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur. The contract is set to be two years in length.
#Sens have agreed to terms with forward Clarke MacArthur on a two-year contract.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) July 5, 2013
In MacArthur the Sens get a player who should fit right into their system. He plays the full rink with pace, brings grit, scores and makes plays. Over the past three seasons he has amassed 49 goals and 125 points. He hit the 20 goal plateau in each of the last two 82 game seasons. At 28 years old the contract will take him through his age 30 season.
MacArthur’s game should bring some versatility to the Sens lineup as well. Given his skillset he can fill a top six or checking role with equal effectiveness. He had his best run with Toronto playing on their second line with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin under Ron Wilson. MacArthur, by virtue of being an aggressive, versatile player, did well setting the table for his linemates. He posted 62 points in their first season together, helping Grabovski score 29 goals and Kulemin score 30.
By bringing in MacArthur, the Sens have done well to increase their versatility and depth up front, as well as adding a player that can bring offence and grit.
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With two days in the books, players have gotten acquainted with one another and are getting some familiarity with the work they're putting in as well. It'll be another morning of off-ice training for them before they split up later this afternoon. The goaltenders will split off for some position specific training while the forwards and defencemen will work on their puck skills.
Sens TV is the engine that never stops around development camp and was behind the scenes for all of yesterday's activities. You can catch up here:
The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.
In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.
More to follow...
Now that the new players have a friend or two and have a taste of what is in store for them this week, development camp rolls on. The group is in store for some off-ice training this morning before they're back on the ice at the Bell Sensplex for more on-ice work in the early afternoon.
Stay tuned here for updates throughout the day!
Here's your recap of day one of development camp ne courtesy of Sens TV and presented Sport Chek:
8:30 AM: It's that time of year once again.
With another draft class in the books a hoard of prospects and young NHLers has descended upon Ottawa to be put through the wringer that is Sens Development Camp. Every homegrown player produced by the Sens has gone through the process and it's time for a fresh batch to have their shot at making an impression.
This blog will be updated throughout the day so stay tuned for the best of the festivities right here.
Follow along with Inside the Senate all day long as we keep you up to date on the latest from the draft floor.
It appears that Daniel Alfredsson will be back to play another year in the NHL come 2013-14 as he has expressed his desire to play for the Sens next season. As things stand, the captain is an unrestricted free agent.
Here’s what Sens GM Bryan Murray had to say on the situation...
As we continue to prepare for the NHL Draft here at OttawaSenators.com, we continue to progress in our series of one-on-one interviews with Sens GM Bryan Murray and Sens Director of Player Personnel Pierre Dorion.
In part four of this series we ask Pierre Dorion about his pre-first draft jitters and quiz him on a handful of Sens players that are currently on the roster or working their way through the system after being selected.
You can watch below here and don’t forget to stay tuned as we continue to roll out this series leading up to Sunday....