The Senators re-signed Mike Hoffman to a four-year deal worth $20.75 million ($5.185M AAV).
Hoffman, 26, enjoyed a breakout year in 2014-15 and followed it up with an even more impressive 2015-16 campaign, scoring 29 goals and 30 assists (59 points) in 78 games. Hoffman has led the Senators in goals in both of those seasons and will look to do the same in 2016-17 on their top line, likely alongside the usual suspects—Kyle Turris and Mark Stone.
The Senators signed Matt Puempel to a one-year, two-way deal on July 15th.
Puempel, 23, was the 24th overall pick in 2011, but has yet to have a big impact at the NHL level. The 6-foot, 190 lbs. forward has been limited to bottom-6 minutes in his first 39 career NHL games—he has six points (4G / 2A). However, during the time he was with Binghamton (AHL) last year, he had an impressive 30 points (17G / 13A) in just 34 games. He should be a key member of the Senators bottom-6 to start 2016-17.
The Senators signed Chris Kelly to a one-year deal worth $900K.
Kelly, 35, is a bottom-6 forward that can play centre or wing that the Senators are very familiar with. He was drafted by the Senators back in 1999 and spent the first six and a half years of his NHL career in an Ottawa uniform. He the last five and a half years in Boston, but was limited to just 11 games in 2015-16 because of a fractured left femur.
The Senators signed Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K.
Claesson, 23, was a fifth round pick (126th overall) in 2011 and finally made it to the NHL in 2015-16. He spent most of the year with Binghamton (AHL), but appeared in 16 NHL games, but collecting just two assists. During his time in the AHL, Claesson had 10 points (3G / 7A) in 55 contests. He will look to crack the Senators’ opening night roster in training camp.
The Senators signed Ryan Dzingel to a one-year, two-way contract.
Dzingel, 24, split the 2015-16 campaign between Ottawa and Binghamton (AHL). His 30 games with Ottawa were the first 30 games of his NHL career and he tallied three goals with six assists. In his time with the the “Baby Sens” he picked up 36 points (12G / 24A) in 44 contests. Dzingel figures to be in the Senators opening day roster.
The Senators have signed Mike Blunden to a two-year, two-way contract.
Blunden, 29, has been a fringe NHLer for his entire career, most recently splitting time between the Lightning and Syracuse Crunch (AHL). He had 38 points (21G / 17A) in 49 games with Syracuse and five points (3G / 2A) in 20 games with Tampa Bay. He heads to Ottawa where he will likely split time with the Senators and Binghamton (AHL).
The Senators have signed Casey Bailey to a one-year, $874K deal.
Bailey, 24, was a part of the Dion Phaneuf trade and collected 21 points (7G / 14A) in 30 games with Binghamton (AHL) after the deal. He finished the season with 11 goals and 28 assists (39 points) in 68 AHL games in his first full season as a professional.
The Senators acquired Pat Sieloff from the Flames for Alex Chiasson.
Sieloff, 22, was a second round pick (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 205 lbs. defensemen had 11 points (2G / 9A) in 52 games with Stockton (AHL) and scored a goal in his NHL debut with the Flames last year.
Varone has 19 points (5G / 14A) in 18 games with Binghamton since being acquired from Buffalo. Tonight he will make his Ottawa debut vs. the Bruins. He has nine points (5G / 4A) in 42 career NHL games.
Hammond allowed four goals on 27 shots in the Senators loss to the Penguins on Tuesday. Craig Anderson started on Thursday, but Hammond will close out the Senators’ season today vs. the Bruins. After bursting on the scene in 2014-15, Hammond has limped to a 6-11-4 record, 2.72 GAA and .911 SV% in 2015-16.
Ryan (lower-body) is expected to play on Thursday.
Ryan left Tuesday’s game vs. the Penguins with a lower-body injury, but he said the plan is for him to play tonight vs. the Panthers. Ryan has not scored in 14 straight games, but has seven assists over that span.
Anderson allowed two goals on 25 shots in the Senators win in Minnesota last Thursday. Andrew Hammond started the last two games, but Anderson starts tonight vs. the Panthers. The 34-year-old has gone 1-2-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .895 SV% in his first four starts against Florida this season.