2009–10 Ottawa Senators season

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2009–10 Ottawa Senators
Division  2nd Northeast
Conference  5th Eastern
2009–10 record 44–32–6
Home record 26–11–4
Road record 18–21–2
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Cory Clouston
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains Mike Fisher
Chris Phillips
Arena Scotiabank Place
Average attendance 18,269 (95.3%) (41 dates)
Team leaders
Goals (25) Mike Fisher
Assists (43) Daniel Alfredsson
Points (85) Daniel Alfredsson
Penalties in minutes (190) Matt Carkner
Plus/minus (+10) Peter Regin
Goals against average (2.57) Brian Elliott

The 2009–10 Ottawa Senators season was the 18th NHL season (17th season of play) in the modern Senators' history. After missing the post-season in 2008–09 for the first time since the 1995-96 season, the team qualified for the playoffs with four games to play with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 1, 2010. The Senators drew the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, which the penguins won 4–2.

Off-season[edit]

In early June, left winger Dany Heatley notified General Manager Bryan Murray that he wanted a trade out of Ottawa. According to reports, Heatley was dissatisfied with his role and ice time under new coach Cory Clouston.[1]

On June 15, it was announced that Team President Roy Mlakar's contract would not be renewed. Cyril Leeder, one of the principals in the "Bring Back the Sens" drive in 1990 was named as team president. He had previously been president and chief operating officer of Scotiabank Place and the related Senators Sports and Entertainment Corporation.[2]

The team announced its first-ever exhibition game in Regina, Saskatchewan, to be held on September 21 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be the first NHL game in Regina in 19 years.[3]

At the NHL Entry Draft, the team chose defenceman Jared Cowen as their first-round pick, ninth overall. Cowan had been projected as a top-five pick, but had suffered a knee injury during the 2008–09 season. Cowen is tall and is expected to play a "shut-down" role in the future with the Senators.

In the days leading up to the July 1 free agency period, a prospective trade emerged for Dany Heatley with the Edmonton Oilers. Reportedly, the Oilers offered Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid. Heatley met with the Edmonton management and turned down the trade using a no-movement clause in his contract. On July 1, the Senators were required to make a $4 million payment in advance of Heatley's 2009–10 salary, and the Senators had hoped to move Heatley before the payment. According to Slam! Sports, the Oilers were not on a list of teams acceptable to Heatley, the list of teams including the Rangers, Bruins, Canucks, Sharks, Kings, Red Wings, Flames and Blackhawks. According to GM Murray, teams were "sour" on Heatley and there were few offers.[4]

The Senators made a major free-agent signing on July 6 when they signed former Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei Kovalev to a two-year contract. Kovalev's salary put the Senators at the salary cap limit.[5] The Senators partially addressed this by trading goaltender Alex Auld to the Dallas Stars for a draft pick. By the date of Kovalev's formal introduction press conference on July 21, Heatley had not yet been traded and Kovalev expressed the wish that Heatley would return.[6]

By the opening of training camp on September 12, Heatley had not been traded. Heatley reported and participated in camp activities. Heatley met with Clouston and Murray who hoped to persuade Heatley to drop his trade demand, which he did not. After the meeting, Murray became convinced that Heatley could not stay and had to be moved immediately. Heatley was traded later that day to the San Jose Sharks for wingers Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo and an exchange of draft picks. On November 3, it was confirmed that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk filed a grievance to demand that Heatley return a $4 million bonus the Senators paid Heatley on July 1, part of his contract.[7]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Senators started the season with several changes from the previous season. Heatley was traded, Christoph Schubert was demoted to Binghamton and eventually waived to Atlanta; Brian Lee who had played most of the previous season with Ottawa, was also demoted. Newcomers included Michalek and Cheechoo from the Heatley trade, Kovalev, a free agent signing, and Matt Carkner and Erik Karlsson made the team on defence. Before the end of October, Karlsson was demoted to Binghamton and Lee promoted to Ottawa. First round pick Jared Cowen was returned to junior. Ilya Zubov failed to make the team and was demoted to Binghamton. Zubov first demanded a trade, then accepted a contract reassignment to Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The Senators retain his NHL rights.

In December, the Senators started to run into a streak of injuries. By the end of the month, the entire top line of Michalek, Spezza and Alfredsson was out with injuries.

On January 13, 2010, the Senators fired their goaltending coach, Eli Wilson. In the weeks prior to his firing, both Pascal Leclaire and Brian Elliott had poor outings.[14] After the firing, the Senators went on a franchise and all-time team record win streak. The previous record of the current NHL franchise was eight games, set in 2007–08. The Senators passed that on January 30, with a win over the Canadiens. The Senators then passed their all-time record of ten consecutive wins (set twice — in 1908–09 and 1910) with a win over the Vancouver Canucks on February 4.[15] The streak ended on February 6 with a loss to the Maple Leafs.

On February 12, the Senators made two moves. The club extended Bryan Murray's contract by a year[16] and the club traded for Matt Cullen from the Carolina Hurricanes for Alexandre Picard and a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[17] Following the trade, Jonathan Cheechoo was assigned to Binghamton after clearing NHL waivers.

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division[18]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 263 74
Eastern Conference[19]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log
2009–10 Schedule
Legend:

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

Playoffs[edit]

After failing to qualify in 2008-09, the Senators clinched a spot in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 1, 2010 with a 4-3 shootout win at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Previous media predictions of where the Senators would end up ranged from fourth in the conference to out of the playoffs. The Hockey News had placed the Senators ninth in the conference,[102] while ESPN's John Buccigross predicted the Senators would end up in eleventh.[103] Las Vegas odds had put the odds of the Senators winning the Cup at 35–1.[104]

The Senators drew the defending champion Penguins as first-round opponents for the third time in the past four years. After the Senators won the first game in Pittsburgh, the Penguins took the next three to take a commanding 3–1 lead in the series. The Senators won the fifth game in triple overtime to force a sixth game in Ottawa. In the sixth game, the Senators took a 3–0 lead before the Penguins rallied to win the deciding game 4–3 in overtime to end the Senators season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OTL GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 55 3038 29 18 4 130 2.57 1424 .909 5 0 1 0
Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire 34 1745 12 14 2 93 3.20 822 .887 0 0 0 2
Brodeur, MikeMike Brodeur 3 180 3 0 0 3 1.00 87 .966 1 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire 3 211 1 2 10 2.84 125 .920 0 0 0 0
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 4 203 1 2 14 4.14 95 .853 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Senators. Stats reflect time with Senators only.
Traded mid-season.

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]

Milestones[edit]

Date Player Milestone
October 3, 2009 Erik Karlsson First NHL game
First NHL assist
First NHL point
October 8, 2009 Matt Carkner First NHL goal
Jarkko Ruutu 500th NHL game
October 12, 2009 Chris Neil 1,300th NHL PIM
October 15, 2009 Milan Michalek First NHL career hat trick
November 5, 2009 Pascal Leclaire 50th NHL win
November 7, 2009 Jarkko Ruutu 900th NHL PIM
Chris Campoli 100th NHL point
Jarkko Ruutu 900th NHL PIM
November 19, 2009 Milan Michalek 100th NHL goal
Chris Phillips 800th NHL game
Alexandre Picard 50th NHL point
50th NHL PIM
November 21, 2009 Chris Kelly 50th NHL goal
November 25, 2009 Ryan Keller First NHL game
November 26, 2009 Chris Kelly 200th NHL PIM
November 28, 2009 Nick Foligno 50th NHL point
December 3, 2009 Chris Phillips 600th NHL PIM
December 12, 2009 Alex Kovalev 400th NHL goal
December 14, 2009 Filip Kuba 200th NHL assist
Brian Elliott 50th NHL game
December 19, 2009 Mike Fisher 300th NHL point
Jonathan Cheechoo
Jarkko Ruutu 50th NHL goal
Erik Karlsson First NHL goal
Mike Brodeur First NHL game
First NHL start
First NHL win
January 5, 2010 Milan Michalek 200th NHL PIM
January 12, 2010 Shean Donovan 700th NHL PIM
January 14, 2010 Mike Brodeur First NHL shutout
January 26, 2010 Chris Campoli 300th NHL game
February 9, 2010 Jonathan Cheechoo 500th NHL game
February 11, 2010 Mike Fisher 600th NHL game
February 13, 2010 Derek Smith First NHL game
March 4, 2010 Daniel Alfredsson 600th NHL assist
March 27, 2010 Chris Kelly 400th NHL game
April 1, 2010 Bobby Butler First NHL game
April 6, 2010 Daniel Alfredsson 1,000th NHL game
Date Coach Milestone
March 6, 2010 Cory Clouston 100th NHL game
Date Team Milestone
November 17, 2009 Ottawa Senators 1,300th NHL game
March 22, 2010 Ottawa Senators 600th NHL win

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Date
Mike Fisher[111] NHL Third Star of the Week November 23, 2009
Brian Elliott[112] NHL First Star of the Week January 25, 2010
Brian Elliott[113] NHL Second Star of the Week February 1, 2010
Brian Elliott[114] NHL First Star of the Week March 29, 2010

Records[edit]

  • January 14, 2010 - February 4, 2010: Eleven-game win streak, modern franchise record.[115][116]
  • April 22, 2010: Senators defeat Penguins in triple overtime on a goal by Matt Carkner at 7:06, ending the longest game in modern franchise history.[117]

Roster[edit]

Updated April 16, 2010.[118]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Sweden Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson (C) RW R 44 1994 Gothenburg, Sweden
16 United States Butler, BobbyBobby Butler F R 29 2010 Marlborough, Massachusetts
14 Canada Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli D L 32 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
39 Canada Carkner, MattMatt Carkner D R 36 2007 Winchester, Ontario
41 Canada Cheechoo, JonathanJonathan Cheechoo RW R 36 2009 Moose Factory, Ontario
48 Canada Cowen, JaredJared Cowen D R 26 2009 Allan, Saskatchewan
7 United States Cullen, MattMatt Cullen C L 40 2010 Virginia, Minnesota
10 Canada Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW R 42 2007 Timmins, Ontario
30 Canada Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott G R 31 2003 Newmarket, Ontario
12 Canada Fisher, MikeMike Fisher (A) C R 36 1998 Peterborough, Ontario
71 United States Foligno, NickNick Foligno LW L 29 2006 Buffalo, New York
36 United States Hennessy, JoshJosh Hennessy C L 32 2006 Brockton, Massachusetts
65 Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson D R 26 2008 Landsbro, Sweden
22 Canada Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly C L 36 1999 Toronto, Ontario
27 Russia Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev Injured Reserve RW L 44 2009 Togliatti, Soviet Union
17 Czech Republic Kuba, FilipFilip Kuba Injured Reserve D L 40 2008 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
33 Canada Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire G L 34 2009 Repentigny, Quebec
55 United States Lee, BrianBrian Lee D R 30 2005 Fargo, North Dakota
9 Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek Injured Reserve LW L 32 2009 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
25 Canada Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW R 37 1998 Flesherton, Ontario
4 Canada Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips (A) D L 39 1996 Calgary, Alberta
43 Denmark Regin, PeterPeter Regin C L 30 2004 Herning, Denmark
73 Finland Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu LW L 41 2008 Helsinki, Finland
26 United States Shannon, RyanRyan Shannon C/RW R 34 2008 Darien, Connecticut
51 Canada Smith, DerekDerek Smith D L 32 2007 Belleville, Ontario
47 Canada Smith, ZackZack Smith C R 28 2008 Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C R 33 2001 Mississauga, Ontario
5 Canada Sutton, AndyAndy Sutton D L 42 2010 Kingston, Ontario
24 Russia Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D L 35 2000 Moscow, Soviet Union
18 Canada Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester C R 33 2008 Cornwall, Ontario

Transactions[edit]

The Senators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Draft picks[edit]

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was held in Montreal, Quebec on June 26–27, 2009. Ottawa made the following picks:[152]

Round Overall pick Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
1 9 Jared Cowen D  Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 39 Jakob Silfverberg RW/LW  Sweden Brynas IF (Sweden Junior)
2 46 (from Columbus) Robin Lehner G  Sweden Frolunda HC (Sweden Junior)
4 100 Chris Wideman D  United States Miami University (CCHA)
5 130 Mike Hoffman C/LW  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
5 146 (from Boston via Phoenix) Jeff Costello LW  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
6 160 Corey Cowick LW  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
7 190 Brad Peltz LW  United States Avon Old Farms (HS-CT)
7 191 (from Edmonton) Michael Sdao D  United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

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