Tag: Chris Phillips

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 1: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators skates during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on December 1, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Sens’ Phillips (back) done for the season


Chris Phillips will not play another game this season.

The Sens’ defenseman last played on Feb. 5 and has missed the last 35 games.

“Chris Phillips is going to have surgery (on Tuesday) for a back issue and I expect him back obviously in training camp,” head coach Dave Cameron announced on Monday. “I think most cases surgery is the last option.”

The 37-year-old had three assists in 36 games this season while averaging 20:54 in time on ice.

Phillips has one year remaining on his two-year $5 million contract.

Surging Sens proving importance of youth

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Andrew Hammond may be a great story, and he definitely has a great nickname. But the Ottawa Senators’ playoff push is about way more than a  goalie coming out of nowhere to salvage a once-lost season.

As the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle writes, the Sens’ comeback is just as much a story of a new coach, Dave Cameron, “turning over ice time and responsibility to younger, skilled players and watching them flourish”:

At this point, with Chris Neil, Chris Phillips and Clarke MacArthur out of the lineup, the Sens have by far the youngest team pushing for a playoff spot (average age 25.9).

The biggest beneficiaries of the coaching change back in December, meanwhile, have been Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Patrick Wiercioch – all of whom fall in the 25-and-under category. And Phillips and David Legwand, the Senators’ two greybeards, are down the most in ice time.

And let’s not forget that Kyle Turris, the NHL’s second star of the week, is only 25 himself, while star defenseman Erik Karlsson is still just 24.

The Sens have in some ways been forced to go with a younger lineup. They’re not a big-budget franchise that’s been in the running for all the top free agents, which is actually something they’ve tried to spin in their favor. (Owner Eugene Melnyk famously said back in 2012 that “any idiot” could spend to the cap.)

Melnyk has promised that the Sens’ payroll will “skyrocket” once all the club’s young players get new contracts. We’ll see to what degree. In the meantime, all that youthful energy and enthusiasm is providing great bang for the buck.

Sens’ drafting and developing, beyond the first round

Wiercioch (42nd overall in 2008)
Hoffman (130th overall in 2009)
Stone (178th overall in 2010)
Pageau (96th overall in 2011)

Related: Why are the Oilers still bad? Look at their drafting

Video: Sens honor Phillips for setting franchise games-played record

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 1: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators skates during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on December 1, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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The Ottawa Senators displayed this tribute video for defenseman Chris Phillips, who passed Daniel Alfredsson for the franchise record in games played with 1,179 on Thursday:

Heading into the game, Phillips was humble, as NHL.com reports.

“It means a lot. The type of player I am, I’m not going to be breaking any other records, let’s put it that way,” Phillips said.

Indeed. The 36-year-old has scored 71 goals and 288 points with a 20:42 TOI average for his career, not exactly All-Star numbers (but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been valuable in his own way).

During the game, the Washington Capitals left the bench to congratulate Phillips while Alex Ovechkin remarked at his longevity. Phillips’ family was on hand, too:


Report: Sens not trading Chris Neil, because he doesn’t want to be traded

Chris Neil

The Ottawa Senators will not be trading veteran winger Chris Neil.

According to the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan, the Sens asked the 35-year-old if he wanted to be dealt and he said no.

So they won’t.

There was interest in Neil, GM Byran Murray confirmed last month. But Murray said that before he considered trading Neil, or veteran defender Chris Phillips, he’d consult with them first out of respect.

“I think, from their length of service here, the type of people they are, what they bring to the locker room, it would be a long discussion with them,” said Murray, per the Ottawa Citizen.

Neil is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.9 million.

Per the Ottawa Sun, Neil “has a clause in his contract that allows him to name 15 clubs where he won’t accept a trade.”

There’s interest in Chris Neil, says Sens GM

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Could veteran forward Chris Neil be on his way out of Ottawa? According to Senators GM Bryan Murray, there’s interest out there in acquiring the 35-year-old.

At the same time, Murray isn’t sure that trading Neil is something he wants to do, even though the Sens are unlikely to make the playoffs.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Murray has received an inquiry about Neil, the tough guy winger. Before he would move Neil, Murray says he has to be sure there is enough toughness in the organization, as his AHL Binghamton club is not particularly rugged, either.

“We don’t have a lot of grit, of that caliber, in our organization,” Murray says. “And no matter what you say, you need it.”

Neil has just four goals and three assists in 29 games this season, and he’s only averaging 10:12 of ice time. But for a playoff team in search of a gritty fourth-liner with postseason experience, he could be an option.

Neil is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.9 million.

According to the Citizen, the Sens may also explore trading d-men Chris Phillips and Marc Methot, veteran forward David Legwand, and/or “one or two others” prior to the March 2 deadline.

Related: Welcome Craig Anderson to the trade rumor mill