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Arnason, Morrison excited to be in Ottawa

Monday, 03.13.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Arnason, Morrison excited to be in Ottawa
Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler, right, and assistant GM Peter Chiarelli, watch their new acquisitions practice on Monday at the Bell Sensplex. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

For the first time since being acquired by the Ottawa Senators on March 9, centre Tyler Arnason and goaltender Mike Morrison practised in Ottawa today. After the practice, which was held at the Bell Sensplex, they spoke about their first impressions of their new team and home city.

"This is definitely new for me, to be in the playoffs and be with a contender," said Arnason, who was traded to Ottawa just minutes before the NHL deadline by the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bochenski and a second-round draft pick. "(Ottawa) seems to be a lot like Winnipeg, so this will be like home."

Morrison, who was put on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers on March 8 and picked up by Ottawa the following day, is thrilled to have a chance to show his stuff with the Senators.

"I'm very excited. It was kind of a whirlwind 24 hours. When I got the call from Mr. (Senators GM John) Muckler, I was ecstatic. I've done the (minors) thing and I appreciate how quickly things can change. I just want to work hard, and stay in this league as much as I can."

Arnason, who was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., but grew up in Winnipeg from the age one to 18, joined a line with veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski on March 10 against the Atlanta Thrashers. He quickly picked up a point in his first Ottawa game, assisting Bryan Smolinski's goal five minutes into a 3-1 win.

Smolinski, who recalled his first days in Ottawa after he was traded here in March, 2003, spoke about the debut of Arnason.

"It's always an adjustment, and for him, it was big because it was his first trade. He's groomed in nicely and I'm excited to play with him and Daniel."

Said Alfredsson, "He's smart with the puck. He's a play-making centre and a guy who will stretch the rush. Chemistry is something that will take time, but when the team is winning, that buys you time."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
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A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49