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Sens say goodbye to 2005-06

Monday, 05.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
2 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10