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McAmmond chose a winner when he signed with the Senators

Monday, 18.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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During the start of training camp, McAmmond has been skating on a line with Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan.

by Todd Anderson

When Dean McAmmond explored potential suitors as a member of the free agent market during the off-season, it was important for him to sign with a winning team. After conferring with his family and his agent, the Ottawa Senators turned out to be a logical decision.

"I'm coming into a team situation where they were first in the East (Eastern Conference) last season," McAmmond says. "They had a disappointing playoffs, but, of course, we're looking to change that. A lot of camps I've been to, the team was just looking to make the playoffs. They seem more comfortable here. It came to a point for me where I just wanted to be with a good organization and a good team. I thought this was a good fit."

While the speedy forward says he and his family - including wife Karla and children Ashlyn, 15, Morgann, 5, Braeden, 4, and Teghan, 2 - enjoyed their year in St. Louis last season when McAmmond skated with the Blues, they have embraced their new home in Ottawa.

"So far it's gone well. It's not as big or busy here as it is in St. Louis."

During the summer months the family retreats to their cottage in British Columbia where McAmmond says simply relaxing with his children is the primary source of recreation.

"It's rewarding to see the kids happy, thriving and enjoying their days."

During the start of training camp, McAmmond has been skating on a line with Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan. Both of his current linemates participated in their rookie campaigns in the NHL in 2005-06. A 14-year veteran, McAmmond feels youth should serve the Senators well.

"It's pretty early for me to assess things, but I see a team that is young and has a high amount of upside and potential. There's a lot of skill here."

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
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