Stephane Da Costa

Ottawa recalls Grant from AHL Binghamton

The Ottawa Senators have called up a replacement for the recently-demoted Stephane Da Costa, but it’s not who you might think.

Derek Grant, Ottawa’s fourth-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled for his second stint with the club. The decision means the Sens are keeping Mika Zibanejad, the sixth overall pick in 2011, in the minors for the time being.

Grant, 23, has recorded two goals (one shorthanded) and five penalty minutes in three games with the B-Sens this season. He made his NHL debut last season, appearing in five games for Ottawa, but failed to score a point.

It’ll be interesting to see when, or if, Ottawa does decide to recall Zibanejad. He had 20 points in 42 games as a 19-year-old last year, and has two points in three games with Binghamton this year.

Roundup: Sens demote Da Costa, Wild reassign Kuemper

News and notes from around the league…

Da Costa down

One day after clearing waivers, Stephane Da Costa has been sent to Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Da Costa, 24, signed with Ottawa in 2011 after two standout seasons with Merrimack College and proceeded to appear in 39 games with the Sens, scoring four goals and three assists.

He re-upped with Ottawa on a one-year contract in August.

Kuemper back to Iowa

After a brief stint with the Wild that included a poor performance against Toronto, goalie Darcy Kuemper has been returned to Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Iowa.

Kuemper, 23, got the nod against the Leafs on Oct.  15 with Niklas Backstrom hurt and Josh Harding needing a break after playing in four straight games. He surrendered three goals on seven shots and was yanked in the second period.

Panthers demote Clemmensen

The Florida Panthers have sent veteran netminder Scott Clemmensen back to AHL San Antonio.

Clemmensen, has appeared in just one game this season after getting hurt during the preseason, then getting bumped out of the goalie rotation by Jacob Markstrom and Tim Thomas.

The 36-year-old has already passed through waivers once this season.

Sens put Da Costa on waivers

The Ottawa Senators have placed forward Stephane Da Costa on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Da Costa, 24, signed with Ottawa in 2011 after two standout seasons with Merrimack College and proceeded to appear in 39 games with the Sens, scoring four goals and three assists.

He re-upped with Ottawa on a one-year contract in August.

Despite inking a new deal, Da Costa was a bit player for the Sens this year, suiting up for just four games while averaging 11:27 TOI per game.

His most memorable moment in an Ottawa uniform? Probably being on the receiving end of this Dion Phaneuf hit in 2011:

Waiving Da Costa could signal that Ottawa’s ready to bring up Mika Zibanejad from AHL Binghamton, after he was surprisingly dropped from the Sens’ 23-man roster following training camp.

Anderson (ankle) out 3-4 days, Sens recall Lehner


The Ottawa Senators have recalled goalie Robin Lehner from AHL Binghamton to back up Ben Bishop as starter Craig Anderson recovers from an ankle injury.

Anderson suffered the injury, which the team insists isn’t severe, last night against the Rangers when New York forward Chris Kreider lost an edge and crashed into the Ottawa goal (video).

Per, Sens general manager Bryan Murray said Anderson (1.49 GAA, .952 SV%), the early-season favorite to win the Vezina Trophy, is unlikely to play in the next three or four days, meaning either Bishop or Lehner will be in net Saturday against the Leafs and Monday versus Montreal.

Ottawa also assigned forward Stephane Da Costa to Binghamton.

Lehner, 21, is 18-10-2 with a .938 save percentage this season with the Baby Sens.

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Roundup: Canucks re-sign Weise, Sens retain Da Costa, Brunnstrom heads to Sweden

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Here’s a roundup of smaller moves from this afternoon.

Canucks avoid arbitration, sign Weise to one-year deal

Vancouver re-upped with physical fourth liner Dale Weise, signing him to a one-year, one-way deal worth $615,000. Weise, a former Rangers forward, was best known for his part in last season’s dust-up with the Boston Bruins that saw him fight Nathan Horton and draw the ire of Shawn Thornton as well. He had four goals, four assists and 81 penalty minutes in 68 games for Vancouver.

Ottawa re-signs Da Costa for one year

Former Merrimack College standout Stephane Da Costa will stick with the Ottawa Senators after inking a one-year, two-way deal. The native of Paris, France played in just 22 games with the Sens last season potting three goals and adding two assists. Da Costa spent most of the year at the Sens’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Brunnstrom is heading back to Sweden

So much potential, so little of it fulfilled. Former lusted after Swedish prospect Fabian Brunnstrom is headed back to the Swedish Elite League after signing a three-year deal with Frolunda. Brunnstrom scored 17 goals in his first season with Dallas in 2008-09, but failed to find his way after that with both Toronto and Detroit. So long Fabian, we hardly knew ye.