The Ottawa Senators cleaned out their lockers on Monday and met with the media one last time at Canadian Tire Centre before dispersing for the offseason. Here's a sampler of what they had to say today with full scrums courtesy of Sens TV...
Craig Anderson on his future in Ottawa:
I 100 per cent see myself with this team in the future. I've grown with this team for the last few years and I feel like I'm a big part of what's going on in this room and with the guys. The city, the fans, the atmosphere, everything about Ottawa has been terrific for me and my family. I wouldn't want to have any change. Once you find something you like you don't want to take that guess of maybe it'll be better somewhere else. Things are really good here personally and from a job perspective and you don't want to chance that. I'd love to be here.
Cody Ceci on his growth:
I'm happy with how much I've learned this year and how much I've improved my own game. I think I've come a long way since junior and this was a big step in my career that I needed to take and I'm happy with how it went. It's too bad we're not in the playoffs and didn't win as many games as we would have liked to. We had a couple of downs in the season but we also had a couple of winning streaks and some goals I'll remember for the rest of my life.
Jared Cowen on working to become a top defenceman:
I think that entails a lot of things, I'm never really satisfied with one certain thing and I don't want to rattle off a list here. I've looked at my schedule for the summer and I know what I want to do. I want to do a lot of skating, there are a lot of things in the game you want to work on but you can't do that in the summer so I think it's things during the season which just takes time and experience. Skating in the summer and working with certain skill guys, I'll be back here quite often to work here with these guys.
Ales Hemsky on his future with Ottawa:
We have meetings now and I'll talk to the GM and just see what's going on. I've got to know what the future is here and what they're thinking and I'll go from there... I've had a few talks but nothing really big. I'm not rushing anything and I'll see my options... I like it here, everyone welcomed me really nicely and I think the team is really good. I think they can be better than we were this year so I can't complain but I don't know what the future is.
Erik Karlsson on cleaning out the lockers:
No one wants to be here, I'm not happy being here, it's not something you want to go through. It's unfortunately my second time in my five years here and I promised myself I never wanted to put myself in that situation again but here we are. We've just got to move forward. Unfortunately it's going to be a long summer for us but we've got to take care of that time and make sure that when we come back here next year we're really aware of what's got to happen here and we're not going to put ourselves in this situation again.
Robin Lehner on being a Senator:
The last few days and months I've been thinking about it, I'm Ottawa Senator raised. They told me when I was in Sweden when I was 18, 19 years old to go over and play for the Soo and I did what they said and ever since then they've been part of the journey the whole way and showed me how to do it. They've got me better as a player, as a person and given me an opportunity. It wasn't many years ago I wasn't even planning on playing any more. They were part of the decision to keep going and it has been a journey so far.
Clarke MacArthur on the positives going forward:
We started to play a more defensive game, we played better games at home which is huge. It's always going to be tough when you're .500 at home, you've got to make it count at home. I think we gave games away. I don't know if teams beat us or we lost games down the stretch. That's what happens on a young team, a team that's learning and trying to figure out how to win. With as many negatives as there are I still believe there are positives and it's a good, young group moving forward.
Marc Methot on what went wrong:
There's a pile of stuff that just adds up. We were undisciplined, our special teams wasn't great, we had a pretty bad home record. We were .500 at home and that's not good enough. I think you have about six or seven games that swing the other way and we may be in the playoffs right now. It's not huge but on a day in and day out basis when it comes to being consistent as a team, we weren't good enough here at home and, like I said, the discipline was a factor, there's all sorts of stuff that we're being evaluated on right now. After our meetings we'll have a good idea of what needs to be different next year and what should change.
Milan Michalek on his future:
I haven't had talks yet with Bryan so I don't know but I love it here and I would like to stay. We'll see what happens... They started to talk just a little bit but nothing too serious. I'll just give them more talks and we'll see.
Zack Smith on improvement:
We need to be better. Guys individually can tell ourselves we had good years but when it comes down to it, everyone has to be better. If you're putting it on other guys, you're not getting anywhere. I need to be better. I finished a minus-9 on the year and I consider myself a defensive guy, a shut down guy, those aren't good numbers. I want to put up better numbers, I want to help the team offensively but at the same time I need to continue getting better at my role as a defensive player. That's what I'm hoping to work on.
Jason Spezza on his year as captain:
Like the team I think it's disappointing, I think I learned a lot though. Becoming a captain is something that's different, it's something I was ready for but I think there's a lot to learn too. I feel like I'm a better leader now than I was at the start of the year and I've learned a lot from it and grown as a person. There's a lot of negative experience this year and you hope you learn from that in your career because you have to have something to draw on during bad times and something to draw on during good times.
Kyle Turris on if he thinks he's a bonafide #1 centre:
I don't look at it like that. Every game I approach it like I'm going to play my best and like it's going to be my best game of the year. Whether it's the one, two, three or four centre it's something that I'm going to try and bring the same work ethic and compete level and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can.
Mika Zibanejad on his health:
I'm feeling a bit better, I haven't felt that great the past couple of days here but I'm starting to get better... It's not an injury, it has nothing to do with the head or concussion, I just didn't feel well, I felt very sick and I talked to Gerry our trainer and the doctors and we did some further testing to see what it is and everything for now has been coming back good. We have a couple more tests to do and some stuff today so for now we'll see what happens.
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