The Senators signed Craig Anderson to a three-year contract extension worth $12.6 million.
A season after posting an NHL-best .941 SV%, Anderson struggled to a 25-16-8 record with a 3.00 GAA and .911 SV%. Just weeks after the Sens signed Robin Lehner to a three-year extension, they locked up the other half of their goaltending duo through 2017-18. Anderson will start the season as the number-1 and will be looking for a bounce back season; but the team in front of him is looking like a basement dweller.
The Senators signed Clarke MacArthur to a five-year extension worth $23.25 million.
MacArthur recorded 24 goals and 31 assists with a plus-12 rating in 79 games with the Senators last season. The 29-year-old has scored 20 goals in each on the last three 82-game seasons so expect fourth straight in 2014-15. On a rundown Senators offence, Mac will once again play a considerable amount of minutes this season.
The Senators have signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a three-year, $6.675 million dollar contract extension.
Lehner, 23, was 12-15-6 with a 3.06 GAA and .913 SV% with the Senators last season. The 2009 second round pick (46th overall) has a chance to supplant Craig Anderson as the Senators' starter this season. However, Ottawa is not expected to be all that competitive so their goaltenders will be mediocre number-2 options heading into draft day.
The Senators signed David Legwand to a two-year, $6 million dollar deal.
Legwand had 14 goals and 37 assists (51 points) in 83 games between the Predators and Red Wings last season. The 33-year-old should play a big role with the Senators this season after they dealt Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars.
The Senators have re-signed Milan Michalek to a three-year deal worth $12 million.
Michalek scored 17 goals with 22 assists (39 points) in 82 games in his fifth season with the Senators. Michalek is now signed through 2016-17, but lost his centre Jason Spezza this morning. The loss of Spezza could hurt Michalek's numbers in 2014-15.
The Senators have traded Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson to the Stars for Alex Chiasson, prospects Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a 2nd round pick in 2015.
Paul, 19, was selected in the fourth-round (#101 overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Paul had 26 goals and 20 assists (46 points) in 67 games with the North Bay Battalion (OHL) this season. Paul had a strong postseason as well, posting 18 points (12G / 6A) in 22 games.
The Stars have traded Alex Chiasson, prospects Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a 2nd round pick in 2015 to the Senators for Jason Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson.
Chiasson, 23, recorded 35 points (13G / 22A) in 79 games for the Stars last season. Chiasson is a big forward at 6-foot-4, 205 lbs. and has shown an ability to score in the NHL. At this point in his career, Chiasson will likely find himself in the Senators top-9 opposed to the top-6.
Lehner stopped 38 of 39 shots in a win over the Devils on Thursday. He has won each of his last three starts with a 1.95 GAA and .951 SV%. He will start the final game of the season tonight vs. the Penguins. Lehner will close out his season after going 11-15-6 with a 3.10 GAA and .913 SV% in his first 29 starts.
Anderson made 45 saves on 46 shots in a 4-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. It was a great performance from the 32-year-old, who has had a very inconsistent season. This could be his last start of the season and he enters play at 24-16-8 with a 3.06 GAA and .909 SV% on the year. This comes after he had a 1.69 GAA and .941 SV% last season.
Lehner stopped 41 of 43 shots in a win over the Rangers on Saturday. Lehner has faced a ridiculous 41.2 shots per game in his last five starts. He won three of the five with a 2.52 GAA and .941 SV%. The 22-year-old is still working his way into the NHL, and it looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. As long as the Senators sign him in the offseason, he could take more of starting role next season, with Craig Anderson set to be a UFA in the following season.
Cowen (undisclosed) will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
Cowen will miss his fifth straight game tonight and with just three more games after tonight, his season appears to be over. If that i the case, Cowen has finished the season with six goals, nine assists (15 points) with an EVEN plus/minus rating, 45 penalty minutes, 99 blocked shots 214 hits and 68 shots.
Anderson surrendered seven goals on 23 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Canadiens on Friday. The Habs spotted the Sens a three goal lead in the first period, but fired back with seven unanswered goals. On Tuesday, he draws a good matchup vs. the Isles in a "meaningless" contest for both teams.
Lehner surrendered three goals on 40 shots in a win over the Flames last Sunday. He has allowed 10 goals in his last four starts, but he is hardly to blame as the Senators have allowed him to see an average of 38 shots per game in that span. He will look for revenge vs. the Rangers tonight. The first time he took on New York he was pulled after allowing five goals on 28 shots.