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Senators say goodbye to 2006-07

Saturday, 06.9.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / Features
By Todd Anderson
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Senators say goodbye to 2006-07
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson speaks with the media on Saturday during the team's final day together for the 2006-07 season. Photo: T. Anderson/OSH

by Todd Anderson

The Eastern Conference-champion Ottawa Senators came together for the final time last Saturday to say goodbye, meet with coaches and pack up for the summer.

The players were  still feeling the sting of falling to the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup final, but they agreed there are plenty of positive memories to look back on from this season.

"It was a lot of fun to be a part of this team, and I definitely enjoyed this year," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says. "The way the community rallied behind us and helped us is something I will remember forever."

Senators centre Mike Fisher says although the club didn't achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup, members of the team should hold their heads high.

"Obviously, right away it's tough, but you sit back and realize we had a pretty good year. It would have been nice to bring home the Cup, but as an organization we came a long way. We're all proud of what we've done."

For left-winger Dany Heatley, he can look back on a second consecutive 50-goal season and establishing a new club record with 105 points. He's already looking forward to next year.

"That's the way hockey is. You have one winner and 29 losers," Heatley says of the disappointing loss to Anaheim. "We have to go into the summer and get ready again for next year."

Forward Mike Comrie joined the Sens last January through a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Alexei Kaigorodov. Comrie quickly fit in with his new team and was amazed with the support from Hockey Country.

"It's a great group of guys here, and I'm sure you'll see this group back," Comrie says. "It was amazing coming here and being in this market, having the success we had, seeing the people and how excited they were. It was a lot of fun. The players really enjoyed it. It's definitely a great place to play."

Alternate captain Wade Redden says now that he's had a taste of the Stanley Cup final, he wants to get right back there next season.

"We're proud of what we were able to accomplish but knowing how close you get and then coming up short, it makes you want to get back there again for sure."

The Sens' other alternate captain, Chris Phillips, would like to see the same cast of players back in the fold to try and make that happen.

"We found a way to win and we had a lot of fun doing it. Hopefully, the same team can get back there. It's not easy. It's a long grind. Hopefully, we get as many guys back here as possible."




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


E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02