1995–96 Ottawa Senators season

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1995–96 Ottawa Senators
Division 6th Northeast
Conference 13th Eastern
1995–96 record 18–59–5
Home record 8–28–5
Road record 10–31–0
Goals for 191
Goals against 291
Team information
General Manager Randy Sexton (Oct-Dec)
Pierre Gauthier (Dec-Apr)
Coach Rick Bowness (Oct-Nov)
Dave Allison (Nov-Jan)
Jacques Martin (Jan-Apr)
Captain Randy Cunneyworth
Alternate captains Unknown
Unknown
Arena Ottawa Civic Centre (Oct-Jan)
The Palladium[1] (Jan-Apr)
Average attendance 13,271 per game (544,108 total)
Team leaders
Goals Daniel Alfredsson (26)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (35)
Points Daniel Alfredsson (61)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Vial (276)
Plus/minus Pat Elyniuk (+2)
Wins Damian Rhodes (10)
Goals against average Damian Rhodes (2.77)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Ottawa Senators season was a season with plenty of change for the club. The club changed coaching staffs twice, changed their general manager and moved into the new Palladium arena in Kanata. The team would again finish last in the league.

Offseason[edit]

'Smitty' patch

Prior to the season, on August 2, 1995, Brian Smith, former NHL hockey player and sportscaster at Ottawa TV station CJOH-TV was killed. He had been the primary reporter on the Senators for the station. The Senators would honor him with a patch on their jerseys, with his nickname 'Smitty' and number 18, which they would wear on their jerseys for the whole season. The team would also raise a banner in his memory.

Regular season[edit]

The Senators finished last in wins (18), losses (59), points (41), goals scored (191), even-strength goals scored (132), power-play goals scored (53) and power-play percentage (12.33%). They also tied the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning for fewest short-handed goals scored (6).[2]

There were some bright spots during the season, rookie Daniel Alfredsson would lead the team offensively with 61 points (26 goals-35 assists), while Alexei Yashin was out of the lineup for 36 games. Alfredsson would go on to win the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year.

After getting off to a good start with a 6–5–0 record, the Senators would then lose their next eight games, which ended up costing head coach Rick Bowness his job, as the club replaced him with Dave Allison, who was previously the head coach of the Senators AHL affiliate, the Prince Edward Island Senators. The Dave Allison era did not last long in Ottawa, as the club would only win two of 25 games (2–22–1) before he was replaced by Jacques Martin. Under Martin, the Senators would be more competitive, going 10–24–4 in his 38 games to finish the year with an 18–59–5, their fourth straight season at the bottom of the NHL standings.

Highlights[edit]

After taking over from the fired Randy Sexton as General Manager, on December 6, 1995, Pierre Gauthier made three moves to strengthen the club. He hired Jacques Martin as head coach, signed hold-out Alexei Yashin to a contract and engineered a blockbuster trade on January 23, 1996, dealing away Don Beaupre, Martin Straka and Bryan Berard, while acquiring Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. It was a three-way trade between the Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the New York Islanders and was necessary because Berard, the Senators' first-round pick, was refusing to report to the Senators.

The Senators left the Ottawa Civic Centre and played their first game in The Palladium on January 17, 1996, against the Montreal Canadiens. The raising of the Senators' Stanley Cup banners failed, leaving the banners obscuring some fans' view of the scoreboard. The Senators lost 3–0 to the Canadiens.

On April 13, 1996, the Senators played the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, who needed a win to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators would play the role of spoiler, defeating New Jersey 5–2, officially eliminating the Devils from post-season play and giving the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that entered the league the same year as the Senators, its first playoff berth.

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA PTS
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
2 Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
4 Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
5 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
6 Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41
Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 282 208 103
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
3 New York Rangers ATL 82 41 27 14 272 237 96
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 41 31 10 254 234 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
7 Washington Capitals ATL 82 39 32 11 234 204 89
8 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 38 32 12 238 248 88
9 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 37 33 12 215 202 86
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
11 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 33 42 7 247 262 73
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 22 50 10 229 315 54
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 7, 1995 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 0–1–0
2 L October 13, 1995 2–6 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 0–2–0
3 W October 15, 1995 7–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 1–2–0
4 W October 19, 1995 4–2 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 2–2–0
5 L October 21, 1995 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 2–3–0
6 W October 22, 1995 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 3–3–0
7 W October 24, 1995 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 4–3–0
8 W October 26, 1995 5–4 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 5–3–0
9 L October 28, 1995 1–4 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 5–4–0
10 L October 29, 1995 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 5–5–0
11 W November 2, 1995 5–0 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–5–0
12 L November 4, 1995 4–5 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–6–0
13 L November 8, 1995 1–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 6–7–0
14 L November 9, 1995 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 6–8–0
15 L November 11, 1995 2–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 6–9–0
16 L November 15, 1995 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 6–10–0
17 L November 16, 1995 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 6–11–0
18 L November 18, 1995 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 6–12–0
19 L November 19, 1995 0–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 6–13–0
20 L November 22, 1995 1–3 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 6–14–0
21 T November 25, 1995 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 6–14–1
22 L November 28, 1995 2–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 6–15–1
23 L November 30, 1995 3–5 New York Islanders (1995–96) 6–16–1
24 L December 2, 1995 2–4 New York Rangers (1995–96) 6–17–1
25 L December 5, 1995 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 6–18–1
26 W December 7, 1995 5–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 7–18–1
27 L December 9, 1995 3–7 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 7–19–1
28 L December 12, 1995 1–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 7–20–1
29 L December 13, 1995 2–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 7–21–1
30 L December 15, 1995 2–4 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 7–22–1
31 L December 17, 1995 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 7–23–1
32 L December 18, 1995 1–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 7–24–1
33 L December 23, 1995 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 7–25–1
34 L December 26, 1995 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 7–26–1
35 W December 27, 1995 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 8–26–1
36 L December 30, 1995 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 8–27–1
37 L December 31, 1995 0–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 8–28–1
38 L January 3, 1996 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 8–29–1
39 L January 5, 1996 2–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 8–30–1
40 L January 6, 1996 4–5 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 8–31–1
41 L January 11, 1996 1–6 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 8–32–1
42 L January 13, 1996 1–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 8–33–1
43 L January 17, 1996 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 8–34–1
44 L January 22, 1996 3–7 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 8–35–1
45 L January 24, 1996 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 8–36–1
46 L January 25, 1996 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 8–37–1
47 T January 27, 1996 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–37–2
48 W January 29, 1996 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 9–37–2
49 L January 31, 1996 1–3 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 9–38–2
50 L February 1, 1996 2–4 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 9–39–2
51 L February 3, 1996 2–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 9–40–2
52 L February 6, 1996 1–3 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 9–41–2
53 L February 8, 1996 2–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 9–42–2
54 W February 10, 1996 5–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 10–42–2
55 W February 12, 1996 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 11–42–2
56 T February 15, 1996 2–2 OT San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 11–42–3
57 L February 17, 1996 1–2 OT New York Rangers (1995–96) 11–43–3
58 W February 20, 1996 7–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 12–43–3
59 L February 22, 1996 2–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 12–44–3
60 L February 25, 1996 2–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 12–45–3
61 L February 28, 1996 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 12–46–3
62 L March 1, 1996 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 12–47–3
63 L March 2, 1996 1–4 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 12–48–3
64 L March 7, 1996 1–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 12–49–3
65 L March 9, 1996 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 12–50–3
66 W March 13, 1996 4–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 13–50–3
67 W March 15, 1996 2–0 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 14–50–3
68 W March 17, 1996 5–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 15–50–3
69 L March 19, 1996 2–5 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 15–51–3
70 L March 21, 1996 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 15–52–3
71 T March 22, 1996 1–1 OT Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 15–52–4
72 L March 24, 1996 2–3 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 15–53–4
73 L March 27, 1996 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 15–54–4
74 L March 29, 1996 0–5 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 15–55–4
75 L March 30, 1996 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 15–56–4
76 T April 1, 1996 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 15–56–5
77 W April 3, 1996 3–2 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 16–56–5
78 W April 5, 1996 4–2 New York Islanders (1995–96) 17–56–5
79 L April 6, 1996 3–4 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 17–57–5
80 L April 10, 1996 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 17–58–5
81 L April 11, 1996 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 17–59–5
82 W April 13, 1996 5–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 18–59–5

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 82 26 35 61 28 -18 8 2 3
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 46 15 24 39 28 -15 8 0 1
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 81 17 19 36 130 -31 4 0 2
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 62 12 24 36 42 -23 7 0 2
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 76 16 19 35 36 -5 5 0 1
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 72 15 14 29 21 -9 0 2 1
Straka, MartinMartin Straka C 43 9 16 25 29 -14 5 0 1
Quinn, DanDan Quinn C 28 6 18 24 24 -8 4 0 0
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 80 7 14 21 94 -26 2 0 2
Modry, JaroslavJaroslav Modry D 64 4 14 18 38 -17 1 0 1
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 31 7 10 17 6 -3 2 0 1
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 50 5 12 17 24 -30 1 0 0
Drury, TedTed Drury C 42 9 7 16 54 -19 1 0 1
Tormanen, AnttiAntti Tormanen RW 50 7 8 15 28 -15 0 0 0
Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman D 43 4 11 15 63 -18 3 0 0
McCleary, TrentTrent McCleary RW 75 4 10 14 68 -15 0 1 0
Gaudreau, RobRob Gaudreau RW 52 8 5 13 15 -19 1 1 0
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 82 3 9 12 54 -16 1 0 0
Archibald, DaveDave Archibald C/LW 44 6 4 10 18 -14 0 0 1
Picard, MichelMichel Picard LW 17 2 6 8 10 -1 0 0 1
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 28 1 6 7 20 -8 0 0 0
Mallette, TroyTroy Mallette LW 64 2 3 5 171 -7 0 0 0
Vial, DennisDennis Vial D/LW 64 1 4 5 276 -13 0 0 0
Musil, FrantisekFrantisek Musil D 65 1 3 4 85 -10 0 0 0
Elynuik, PatPat Elynuik RW 29 1 2 3 16 2 0 0 0
Bourque, PhilPhil Bourque LW 13 1 1 2 14 -3 0 0 0
Dahlquist, ChrisChris Dahlquist D 24 1 1 2 14 -7 0 0 0
Roy, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Roy RW 4 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 0
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre G 33 0 2 2 17 0 0 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 20 0 2 2 14 0 0 0 0
Levins, ScottScott Levins C/RW 27 0 2 2 80 -3 0 0 0
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 36 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Bales, MikeMike Bales G 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Cirella, JoeJoe Cirella D 6 0 0 0 4 -3 0 0 0
Laperriere, DanielDaniel Laperriere D 6 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Traverse, PatrickPatrick Traverse D 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 2123 36 10 22 4 98 2.77 2 1041 943 .906
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre 1770 33 6 23 0 110 3.73 1 892 782 .877
Bales, MikeMike Bales 1040 20 2 14 1 72 4.15 0 560 488 .871
Team: 4933 82 18 59 5 280 3.41 3 2493 2213 .888

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

April 7, 1995 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Norm Maciver
Troy Murray
To Ottawa Senators
Martin Straka
April 7, 1995 To Boston Bruins
Craig Billington
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations (Bruins' eighth-round pick in 1995 Draft (Ray Schultz))
April 7, 1995 To Quebec Nordiques
Bill Huard
To Ottawa Senators
Mika Stromberg
(Nordiques' fourth-round pick in 1995 Draft (Kevin Boyd))
April 7, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
Ottawa's ninth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Libor Zabransky)
To Ottawa Senators
Daniel Laperriere
St. Louis's ninth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Erik Kaminski)
July 8, 1995 To New Jersey Devils
Ottawa's fourth-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (Alyn McCauley)
To Ottawa Senators
Jaroslav Modry
August 4, 1995 To St. Louis Blues
Ottawa's second-round pick 1995 Entry Draft (later traded by St. Louis)
To Ottawa Senators
Steve Duchesne
September 20, 1995 To Colorado Avalanche
Jean-Francois Labbe
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
October 5, 1995 To New York Rangers
Steve Larouche
To Ottawa Senators
Jean-Yves Roy)
October 5, 1995 To New Jersey Devils
Ottawa's third-round pick 1997 Entry Draft (Alyn McCauley)
To Ottawa Senators
Tom Chorske
October 7, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Ottawa's fourth-round pick 1997 Entry Draft (Chris St. Croix)
To Ottawa Senators
Frank Musil
January 23, 1996 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dan Quinn
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
January 23, 1996 To New York Islanders
Don Beaupre
Martin Straka
Bryan Berard
To Ottawa Senators
Damian Rhodes
Wade Redden
January 26, 1996 To Colorado Avalanche
Brad Larsen
To Ottawa Senators
Janne Laukkanen
March 1, 1996 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave McLlwain
To Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh's eighth-round pick 1996 Entry Draft (Erich Goldmann)
March 19, 1996 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kerry Huffman
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
March 20, 1996 To Los Angeles Kings
Jaroslav Modry
Ottawa's eighth-round pick 1996 Entry Draft (Stephen Valiquette)
To Ottawa Senators
Kevin Brown

Waivers[edit]

October 2, 1995 From Carolina Hurricanes
Ted Drury
October 2, 1995 From Los Angeles Kings
Justin Hocking

Source: Ottawa Senators 2008–09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators. 2008. pp. 187–188. 

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Dan Quinn Los Angeles Kings
Eric Lavigne Los Angeles Kings
Joe Cirella Florida Panthers
Player New team
Corey Foster Pittsburgh Penguins

Roster[edit]

1995-96 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Ottawa's draft picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft in Edmonton, Alberta.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Bryan Berard  United States Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL)
2 27 Marc Moro  Canada Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
3 53 Brad Larsen  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
4 89 Kevin Bolibruck  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
4 103 Kevin Boyd  Canada London Knights (OHL)
6 131 David Hruska  Czech Republic Banik Sokolov (Czech.)
8 183 Kaj Linna  Finland Boston University (NCAA)
8 184 Ray Schultz  Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
9 231 Erik Kaminski  United States Northeastern University (Boston) (NCAA)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Garrioch, Bruce (1998). "Ottawa Senators 1992–93 to Date". Total Hockey. NHL. 
  • Ottawa Senators staff (2007). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007. Ottawa Senators. 
  • "The Internet Hockey Database". Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 
  • NHL staff (2006). National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007. NHL. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Renamed during season to Corel Centre.
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1996.html
  3. ^ "1995–1996 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "1995–96 Ottawa Senators Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  5. ^ "1995-96 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17.