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Senators say goodbye to 2006-07

Saturday, 09.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31


B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16