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It’s Ottawa Senators day at PHT


Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa’s 2014-15 campaign was one for the record books.

Thanks to a remarkable 23-4-4 run down the stretch, the Sens staged a furious comeback to make the playoffs, becoming the first team in NHL history to qualify for the postseason after sitting 14 points back.

“It was special,” said Kyle Turris, per Sportsnet. “So many things happened and so many guys stepped up. It was a real special run and we won’t forget and we’ll learn from ultimately going forward.”

It was a special run indeed, and one filled with emotion. The Sens dealt with adversity throughout the way; GM Bryan Murray was diagnosed with colon cancer, assistant coach Mark Reeds passed away just before the playoffs and owner Eugene Melnyk was gravely ill before a successful liver transplant.

From that adversity, some new stars came shining through.

Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond went from obscure backup goalie to one of the NHL’s best stories, posting a 20-1-2 record with a .929 save percentage. The rookie tandem of Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone carried the club offensively at times, with Stone finishing the runner-up for the Calder. Erik Karlsson won his second career Norris trophy, and Turris continued to emerge as a bonafide No. 1, playmaking center.

In light of all that, Ottawa’s season had to be considered a success, even with its disappointing opening-round playoff loss to Montreal.

Off-season recap

It was a quiet summer in Ottawa. All of the club’s young skaters — Hammond, Stone, Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Alex Chiasson — were re-signed, and Murray did little in free agency.

At the draft, Murray sent goalie Robin Lehner to Buffalo (along with David Legwand), which gave him two first-round picks; the Sens then proceeded to select Quebec League d-man Thomas Chabot, and USNTDP product Colin White.

Lightning nab Condra for three years

Marc Methot Chris Terry

Erik Condra is off to Tampa Bay. The Lightning have signed the 28-year-old forward to a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.25 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Condra had nine goals and 14 assists for the Senators in 2014-15, skating mostly with young Curtis Lazar and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He was originally drafted in the seventh round by Ottawa in 2006.

No Sens forward averaged more time on the penalty kill (2:13) than Condra.

Sens sign Pageau, head coach Cameron to two-year extensions

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers

The Ottawa Senators made a pair of fairly significant moves on Thursday, signing both head coach Dave Cameron and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau to two-year extensions.

Pageau, 22, really flourished after Cameron took over for Paul MacLean last year, and finished with career-highs in games (50), goals (10), assists (nine) and points (19). As a result, he’ll now earn $900,000 annually on his new deal and, perhaps even more importantly, will now be on a one-way deal. Pageau has spent a considerable amount of time with AHL Binghamton over the last few seasons, but now looks to be a full-fledged NHLer.

As for the head coach…

Cameron, 56, officially inked the extension GM Bryan Murray put on the table soon after Ottawa was eliminated from the postseason. The deal is well deserved; Cameron took over on Dec. 8 and led Ottawa on one of the greatest playoff rallies in league history — the Sens went 32-15-8 for 72 points over 55 games during his tenure, overcoming a 14-point deficit to make the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.

Report: With Sabres gig gone, Richardson to re-sign in Ottawa

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Rumored to be in the running for the now-filled Buffalo head coaching gig, Luke Richardson — the bench boss of Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton — appears primed to stick with the Sens.

More, from the Ottawa Sun:

League sources say the Senators have tabled an offer to the 46-year-old former defenceman and while a deal isn’t in place it could happen soon now that the Buffalo coaching situation has been settled.

It’s believed the two sides need to work out the final details of the contract.

Richardson, at one point the oddsmakers’ favorite to get the Sabres job that eventually went to Dan Bylsma, is held in pretty high regard throughout the NHL. Few his age can match the combination of experience as a coach and player; Richardson appeared in over 1,400 games with the Leafs, Oilers, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Lightning and Senators before immediately moving behind the bench, where he spent three years as Ottawa’s assistant coach (under both Cory Clouston and Paul MacLean) before transitioning to the American League.

During his time in Bingo, Richardson has played a key role in the development of guys like Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Patrick Wiercioch, Cody Ceci and Mark Stone, one of the this year’s Calder Trophy finalists.

But despite Richardson’s good standing league-wide, the Sens hadn’t been asked by any clubs for permission to interview him. That came as a bit of a surprise, especially after Buffalo lost out on the Mike Babcock sweepstakes; there were also (since filled) vacancies in Edmonton, San Jose and Toronto and head coaches are still needed in Detroit and New Jersey.

Neil out, Chiasson in as Sens look to stave off elimination again

Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers

Out with the old, in with the new.

That’s the strategy Ottawa will employ this evening as it looks to win its second consecutive game against Montreal and keep the series (currently 3-1 in favor of the Habs) alive — veteran Chris Neil, who played in Games 3 and 4, will be dropped from the lineup in favor of Alex Chiasson, who hasn’t played since Game 2.

Neil, 35, was a non-factor in each of the last two outings, and only played 6:06 in Game 4.

Chiasson, 24, fits with the youth movement that head coach Dave Cameron implemented upon taking the gig from Paul MacLean, and continues to push today; only two Senators in the lineup tonight are over the age of 30 (winger Milan Michalek and goalie Craig Anderson).

Meanwhile, the likes of Curtis Lazar (19 years old), Cody Ceci (21), Mika Zibanejad (21), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (22) and Calder nominee Mark Stone (22) continue to see significant minutes.