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Sens say goodbye to 2005-06

Monday, 15.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sens say goodbye to 2005-06
One of several free agents this off-season, Zdeno Chara hopes to return to Ottawa in 2006-07. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

On Monday, The Ottawa Senators were still reeling in the wake of Saturday's elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Buffalo Sabres, but head coach Bryan Murray says he feels he still has the team to win a championship.

"I hope basically the same core is here (next season). We're fortunate to have the core and excitement the team brings. I hope that these guys will be able to stay here."

On Monday, Murray met with the players as a group and also individually. The coach expressed how proud he was to see his players, namely captain Daniel Alfredsson, react to adversity this season.

"There's no question, he's the guy here. He's tried so hard to be successful with the franchise. He's a real character guy. He's trying to take the burden of the team on himself, certainly too much of the burden. I learned what a classy and quality guy he is."

Alfredsson agrees with Murray that big changes are not necessary.

"I still believe that this team has a good chance at winning. Sure there's going to be changes, but they don't have to be wholesale. In this city people have a lot of high expectations and there's a lot of pressure on us because they believe in us. I've really grown attached to this city and I'm dedicated in bringing the Cup here."

As one of several players to make the jump from American Hockey League affiliate Binghamton Senators this season, Chris Kelly says having several teammates join him in the NHL for their first full season made the transition easier.

"We had eight or nine guys from Binghamton, I think that helped. Obviously, this isn't the way we wanted things to finish. But we've got to take the positives out of this season. We just have to continue to work hard and we'll have a good future."

One of several free agents this off-season, Zdeno Chara hopes to return to Ottawa in 2006-07.

"Obviously my first priority is to stay here and be a part of this team."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06