OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 23: Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators walks down the players' tunnel during player introductions prior to playing against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on April 23, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Senators seek to increase attendance with former MSLE executive


The Ottawa Senators have lost around $110 million since Eugene Melnyk became the team’s owner in 2003. That’s believed to be part of the reason why the Senators have the fifth most cap space in the NHL and seemed to contribute to the loss of long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson.

With that in mind, the Senators’ financial situation has been an ongoing story and it’s a situation they seek to improve. To that end, they have announced the hiring of Paul Beirne to serve as the team’s new executive vice-president of ticketing.

Beirne previously worked for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and more specifically with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. He was the team’s vice-president of business operations and earned the title of the MLS Executive of the Year. He also aided the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs.

Senators president Cyril Leeder reported that season ticket sales are up to 12,100 this season from about 11,000 in 2012-13, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

That being said, the team’s attendance remains an area where the Senators have room for improvement.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.