2013–14 Ottawa Senators season

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2013–14 Ottawa Senators
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 13th Eastern
2013–14 record 37–31–14
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 19–14–8
Goals for 236
Goals against 265
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Paul MacLean
Captain Jason Spezza
Alternate captains Chris Phillips
Chris Neil
Arena Canadian Tire Centre
Average attendance 18,108 (95.7%)[1]
(41 games)
Minor league affiliations Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Kyle Turris (26)
Assists Erik Karlsson (54)
Points Erik Karlsson (74)
Penalties in minutes Chris Neil (211)
Plus/minus (+): Kyle Turris (22)
(−): Jason Spezza (-26 −26)
Wins Craig Anderson (25)
Goals against average Craig Anderson (3.00)
<2012–13 2014–15>

The 2013–14 Ottawa Senators season was the 22nd season for the National Hockey League franchise.[2] The 2013–14 season was the first season of a re-organization by the NHL of its divisions. Ottawa was placed in a new Atlantic Division with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

In June 2013, the Senators traded impending free agent Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Senators chose Chris Leblanc with the pick.

On July 5, two moves came about that changed the face of the franchise. In a surprise move that shocked Ottawa fans, captain and multiple franchise record holder Daniel Alfredsson signed a contract to play with the Detroit Red Wings, ending his 17-year association with Ottawa. "It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup, a big priority for me," Alfredsson explained in a candid conference call with the media. He continued explaining how hard of a decision it was and gave his reasoning. "I feel that in Ottawa they are getting closer and closer and they have a really bright future in front of them, but at this point in my career there's not much left," Alfredsson said. "I don't have the time to wait for that."[3] In a later press conference, Alfredsson expressed his dissatisfaction in negotiations with the Senators. Alfredsson stated that an understanding to compensate Alfredsson for the low salary he had taken in the 2012–13 season was not lived up to. Alfredsson had taken a below-value $1-million salary in 2012–13 in his contract to lower the long-term salary cap hit for his contract, but was not expecting to play the season. When Alfredsson decided to play the 2012–13 season, he had expected to re-negotiate the contract at that time, but the Senators did not re-open contract negotiations, and Alfredsson decided to play the season at the salary and seek compensation in the 2013–14 contract. The Senators wanted to pay Alfredsson his market value for 2013–14, without any extra to cover 2012–13.[4]

Later on July 5, the Senators made a major trade with the Anaheim Ducks, picking up multiple 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan. The Senators had to give up first-year player Jakob Silfverberg, junior prospect Stefan Noesen and the team's first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Ryan, who had been the subject of many trade rumours, tweeted "I'm coming in hot, Ottawa", a reference to the Top Gun movie. Ryan is expected to play on the top line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.

The Senators signed two free agents, forward Clarke MacArthur from Toronto, and defenceman Joe Corvo from Carolina. Corvo had previously played with Ottawa from 2006–2008 and was a member of the team that made it to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. Forward Peter Regin and defenceman Andre Benoit left the team as free agents, Regin to the New York Islanders and Benoit to Colorado.

Regular season[edit]

On December 2, former captain Daniel Alfredsson made his first return visit to Ottawa, as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson was honoured with a video tribute before the game and a standing ovation from the fans. Alfredsson scored an empty net goal, enabling him to have scored against all 30 NHL teams. Alfredsson also had an assist on Detroit's first goal. The Red Wings won the game 4–2.

Assistant General Manager Tim Murray left the team on January 9, 2014 to become the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. Director of player personnel Pierre Dorion and Director of hockey operations and player development Randy Lee became joint assistant general managers, splitting the duties that Tim Murray was responsible for.[5] General Manager Bryan Murray's contract was extended for two years on January 13, taking on the additional title of president of hockey operations. After the two years is over, Murray would become an advisor to the Senators.[6]

The Senators played in the 2014 Heritage Classic game against the Vancouver Canucks on March 2, 2014 at BC Place.[7] The Senators unveiled a white version of their heritage third jersey for the game. The Canucks resurrected a uniform of the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from the 1910s for the game.[8] The Senators won the game 4–2.

At the trade deadline of March 5, the team was four points out of a playoff spot. The team added Ales Hemsky for the stretch run, giving up two draft picks. Winger Cory Conacher and defenceman Joe Corvo were put on waivers, with Conacher being picked up by the Buffalo Sabres. Corvo was not picked up and he was loaned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Chicago is close to Corvo's home town of Oak Park, Illinois. The Senators also made two minor league deals, sending university player Jeff Costello to Vancouver for minor league defenceman Patrick Mullen. Binghamton player Andre Petersson was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for defenceman Alex Grant. Veteran defenceman and assistant captain Chris Phillips was re-signed for two years.

The Senators, whom a lot of media had predicted were going to contend in the Eastern Conference, were eliminated from playoff contention on April 8.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[9]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins 82 54 19 9 51 261 177 117
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 27 9 38 240 215 101
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 46 28 8 40 215 204 100
4 Detroit Red Wings 82 39 28 15 34 222 230 93
5 Ottawa Senators 82 37 31 14 30 236 265 88
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 38 36 8 29 231 256 84
7 Florida Panthers 82 29 45 8 21 196 268 66
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 21 51 10 14 157 248 52


Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)[10]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins 82 54 19 9 51 261 177 117
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 27 9 38 240 215 101
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 46 28 8 40 215 204 100
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)[10]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 24 7 44 249 207 109
2 New York Rangers 82 45 31 6 41 218 193 96
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 30 10 39 236 235 94
Wild Card teams[10]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Columbus Blue Jackets ME 82 43 32 7 38 231 216 93
2 Detroit Red Wings AT 82 39 28 15 34 222 230 93
3 Washington Capitals ME 82 38 30 14 28 235 240 90
4 New Jersey Devils ME 82 35 29 18 35 197 208 88
5 Ottawa Senators AT 82 37 31 14 30 236 265 88
6 Toronto Maple Leafs AT 82 38 36 8 29 231 256 84
7 Carolina Hurricanes ME 82 36 35 11 34 207 230 83
8 New York Islanders ME 82 34 37 11 25 225 267 79
9 Florida Panthers AT 82 29 45 8 21 196 268 66
10 Buffalo Sabres AT 82 21 51 10 14 157 248 52

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan

bold – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2013–14 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Awards and milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Clarke MacArthur 100th career NHL goal[11] November 29, 2013
Cody Ceci 1st Career NHL Game December 12, 2013
Cody Ceci 1st Career NHL Goal December 16, 2013
Mark Stone 1st Career NHL Goal January 4, 2014
Chris Neil 100th Career NHL Goal January 23, 2014
Milan Michalek 200th Career NHL Assist January 30, 2014
Andy Hammond 1st Career NHL Game February 27, 2014
Mike Hoffman 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Assist
March 8, 2014
Erik Karlsson 20th Goal of Season
(new franchise record for a defenceman)
March 24, 2014

Player statistics[edit]

Final Stats[12]

Scoring
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Anderson , CraigCraig Anderson 53 52 2999-442,999:44 25 16 8 150 3.00 1680 .911 4 0 1 2
Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner 36 30 1942-101,942:10 12 15 6 99 3.06 1141 .913 1 0 0 4
Hammond, AndyAndy Hammond 1 0 0034-3134:31 0 0 0 0 0.00 11 1.000 0 0 0 0
Lawson , NathanNathan Lawson 1 0 0011-5211:52 0 0 0 2 10.00 10 .800 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Senators. Stats reflect time with the Senators only.
No longer with team.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Final roster[edit]

Updated March 31, 2014.[13][14]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 United States Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson G R 32 2011 Park Ridge, Illinois
5 Canada Ceci, CodyCody Ceci D L 20 2012 Ottawa, Ontario
22 United States Condra, ErikErik Condra RW R 27 2006 Trenton, Michigan
2 Canada Cowen, JaredJared Cowen D L 23 2009 Allan, Saskatchewan
14 Canada Greening, ColinColin Greening LW L 28 2005 St. John's, Newfoundland
62 Canada Gryba, EricEric Gryba D R 25 2006 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
83 Czech Republic Hemsky, AlesAles Hemsky RW R 30 2014 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
68 Canada Hoffman, MikeMike Hoffman LW L 24 2009 Kitchener, Ontario
65 Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson D R 23 2008 Landsbro, Sweden
28 Canada Kassian, MattMatt Kassian LW L 27 2013 Edmonton, Alberta
29 Canada Lawson, NathanNathan Lawson G L 30 2012 Calgary, Alberta
40 Sweden Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner G L 22 2009 Gothenburg, Sweden
16 Canada MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur LW L 29 2013 Lloydminster, Alberta
3 Canada Methot, MarcMarc Methot D L 28 2012 Ottawa, Ontario
9 Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek LW L 29 2009 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
25 Canada Neil, ChrisChris Neil (A) RW R 34 1998 Flesherton, Ontario
44 Canada Pageau, Jean-GabrielJean-Gabriel Pageau C R 21 2011 Ottawa, Ontario
4 Canada Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips (A) D L 36 1996 Calgary, Alberta
6 United States Ryan, BobbyBobby Ryan RW R 27 2013 Cherry Hill, New Jersey
15 Canada Smith, ZackZack Smith C R 26 2008 Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Spezza, JasonJason Spezza (C) C R 30 2001 Mississauga, Ontario
61 Canada Stone, MarkMark Stone RW R 21 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba
7 Canada Turris, KyleKyle Turris C R 24 2011 New Westminster, British Columbia
46 Canada Wiercioch, PatrickPatrick Wiercioch D L 23 2008 Maple Ridge, British Columbia
93 Sweden Zibanejad, MikaMika Zibanejad C R 20 2011 Huddinge, Sweden

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