2008–09 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 11th Eastern
2008–09 record 36–35–11
Home record 22–12–7[1]
Road record 14–23–4[1]
Goals for 217
Goals against 237
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Craig Hartsburg (Jun-Feb)
Cory Clouston (Feb- )
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains Dany Heatley
Chris Phillips
Arena Scotiabank Place
Average attendance Total: 763,298 (40 home games)
Average: 19,081[2]
Capacity: 99.6%[3]
Team Leaders
Goals Dany Heatley (39)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (50)
Points Daniel Alfredsson (74)
Penalties in minutes Chris Neil (146)
Wins Alex Auld, Brian Elliott (16)
Goals against average Alex Auld (2.47)
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The 2008–09 Ottawa Senators season was the Senators' 16th season. The team started the season with a new coach Craig Hartsburg and numerous personnel changes after narrowly making the playoffs in 2007–08. However, the team had a losing record under the new coach and he was fired in February, replaced by Binghamton Senators coach Cory Clouston. The team improved its record under Clouston, but not enough to qualify for the playoffs, ending an eleven-year string of qualifying for the playoffs.


It was an off-season of numerous personnel changes. Wade Redden, a long-time Senator, accepted a contract with the New York Rangers. Ray Emery and Brian McGrattan, considered bad influences in the dressing room were let go. The Senators re-signed forwards Shean Donovan, Chris Kelly and Antoine Vermette and made several free agent signings, including Alex Auld, Jarkko Ruutu and Jason Smith. After an extended period of negotiations with Andrej Meszaros failed to produce an agreement, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed interest in the defenceman, who was a restricted free agent. Unable to provide the draft picks needed to compensate the Senators, a trade was made and the Senators received Filip Kuba, Alex Picard, and a first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


On June 5, it was reported that Wade Redden would not sign a $3.5 million per year contract with the Senators. He instead became an 'unrestricted free agent' (UFA) on July 1 and signed a six-year, $39M contract with the New York Rangers.[4] On Friday, June 13, 2008, the Senators named Craig Hartsburg, coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the new head coach after interviewing Bob Hartley and Peter DeBoer as candidates. Hartsburg signed a three-year agreement with the Senators.[5]

On June 20, the day of the NHL Entry Draft, the Senators placed Ray Emery on waivers and re-signed Chris Kelly to a 4-year, $8.5-million contract.[6] At the draft, the Senators selected Erik Karlsson with their first-round pick (15th overall) and proceeded to select Patrick Wiercioch (42 overall), Zack Smith (79 overall), Andre Petersson (109 overall), Derek Grant (119 overall), Mark Borowiecki (139 overall), and Emil Sandin (199 overall).

On July 1, the Ottawa Senators announced that they have signed goaltender Alex Auld to a two-year contract worth $1 million per season. Auld is expected to serve as a backup to Martin Gerber for the '08-'09 season.

On July 2, the Ottawa Senators announced that they have re-signed forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract at $625,000 per season. The Sens also announced that they have signed forward Jarkko Ruutu to a 3-year contract worth $1.3 million per season.

On July 5, the Ottawa Senators announced that Antoine Vermette had elected to take the club to salary arbitration. The Senators and Vermette would agree to a two-year deal on July 31.

On July 8, the Senators announced that they had signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year, $5.2M contract.[7]

On July 16, the Senators announced that they will host the Detroit Red Wings in their official home-opener on October 11.

On July 17, the Ottawa Senators and CHUM Radio announced that the club and The Team 1200 have signed a multi-year extension to their agreement to broadcast Senators' games. The original 10-year contract expired at the end of the '07-'08 season.

On July 31, the Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to terms on a new 2-year contract worth $5.525-million(US). Vermette will make $2.525-million for the '08-'09 season, and $3-million in the '09-'10 season.

On August 29, in a deal similar to the Alexei Yashin trade in 2001, former first-round pick Andrej Meszaros was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Filip Kuba, Alex Picard, and a first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (obtained by Tampa Bay in an earlier deal with the San Jose Sharks).[8] Meszaros was a restricted free agent demanding $1 million more per season than the Senators were willing to pay. After Tampa threatened to offer Meszaros an offer sheet with picks as compensation on August 28, the Senators decided to make a deal with Tampa.[9] Meszaros signed a six year, $24 million dollar contract on August 30 with the Lightning.[8]

On September 2, the Senators made a deal with the Vancouver Canucks, and traded their defenseman Lawrence Nycholat for a center/right wing Ryan Shannon. On the same day, they signed another former-Canucks player, Brad Isbister, who was a unrestricted free agent. On September 27, a veteran defenseman Luke Richardson re-signed a 1 year, two-way with the Ottawa Senators for a second season.


On October 2, the Senators played their first-ever game in Europe, a pre-season exhibition game in Gothenburg, Sweden, against the Frölunda HC Gothenburg team,[10] which Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson played for before joining the NHL and during the lockout.

Date Time Opponent Location Score
September 20 7:00pm New York Rangers Scotiabank Place W, 3–2
September 22 7:00pm New York Rangers Madison Square Garden L, 2–1
September 24 7:00pm Philadelphia Flyers Scotiabank Place W, 3–1
September 26 7:30pm Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre L, 5–0
September 27 7:00pm Montreal Canadiens Scotiabank Place W, 3–1
October 2 1:00pm Frölunda HC Gothenburg Scandinavium Arena W, 4–1

The Senators finished the 2008 pre-season with a record of 4–2–0–0.

Regular seasonEdit

The Senators started their season with a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden. The Senators played the Pittsburgh Penguins twice at the Scandinavium on October 4 and October 5.[10] The teams split the results, the Penguins winning the first in overtime and the Senators winning the second. New Senator defenceman Filip Kuba picked up at least one point in each of the Senators' first eight games of the season, setting the NHL record for consecutive team games with assists from the start of a season by a defenseman. The previous mark of seven was set by Brad Park with the Bruins in 1981–82.[11] All points were assists and Kuba did not score his first goal with the Senators until November 13.[12]

Alexander Nikulin, who had been demoted to Binghamton, threatened to return to Russia unless he was traded. He was traded from Binghamton to the Phoenix Coyotes' AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage for Drew Fata.[13]

For a game on November 22 versus the New York Rangers the Senators unveiled their new 'third jersey'. Marketed as 'Back in Black', the jersey is primarily black. The Senator's primary logo moves to the shoulders and the nickname 'SENS' is across the front of the jersey.[14]

Prior to that game, the Senators players, the team below the playoff cutoff in the standings for most of October through November, decided to grow moustaches, similar to the playoff beard tradition of teams in the playoffs. The team started growing the moustaches following a loss to the Montreal Canadiens on November 20. The idea originated with Dany Heatley.[15]

On November 27, the Senators waived Luke Richardson, a veteran of nearly 20 years in the NHL. He was not picked up by any other team and retired. He had not seen much playing time with Senators, and had been a 'healthy scratch' several times.

From December until early January the Senators took an eight-game road trip as Scotiabank Place was used for the 2009 World Juniors tournament. The team, already well back of a playoff spot received intense scrutiny by the media, believing a 'shake-up' of some kind was imminent. The team only won one game on the road trip, and on January 7, owner Eugene Melnyk was compelled to respond to media reports of the imminent firings of Murray and Hartsburg:

“Contrary to what is being reported today by the media, I have made no decisions with respect to any personnel changes within the Senators organization. Winning remains our No. 1 priority and there is a collective focus by our management, our coaching staff and our players to deliver this to our fans.
I, along with our fans, will do nothing but continue to remain fully committed to our Senators and enthusiastically cheer them on to a successful second half of the season.
This is crunch time. Now, more than ever, is the time to rally behind our team. We don’t surrender half-way though the season.
Every victory from here on in matters. We know it and the fans know it. Period.” [16]
At the end of the road trip on January 8, the club was 13 points behind the eighth and final playoff spot, held by the Buffalo Sabres. The Ottawa Citizen, launched the 'Tavares Cup' similar in spirit to the 'Daigle Cup' of 1993, to keep track of the bottom five teams in the league, all of which had a chance, at least via the draft lottery, to draft the highly-rated junior. At the time of the start of the 'competition', the Senators were within the lowest five teams in the league.[17]

Also on January 7, forward Jarkko Ruutu received a suspension of two games for biting in an altercation with a Buffalo forward on January 6. It was Ruutu's second suspension of the season, after elbowing a Montreal Canadiens forward earlier in the season.[18]

On January 9, 2009, Brian Elliott was recalled by Ottawa from Binghamton.[19] He had been named the AHL's goaltender of the month for December.[20] On January 15, 2009, Senators goaltender Martin Gerber was demoted to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Binghamton Senators to a two-week conditioning stint, was placed on waivers and was assigned to Binghamton on January 27.[21] Elliott started six games in a row and remained with Ottawa.

On January 29, less than a month after previous comments to the media about the Senators, Eugene Melnyk responded to media speculation about possible organization changes with another memorable quote:

“Anybody that says we should blow up this organization should get their own bomb and go blow themselves up.”[22]

At the time, the Senators remained near the bottom of the league in 29th place, with the lowest goal-scoring record in the league.

However, only three days later, on February 2, head coach Craig Hartsburg was fired, ending his tenure with the Senators at only 48 games. Following a 7–4 loss to the Washington Capitals on February 1, Hartsburg had called out his team for not playing hard.[23] Binghamton Senators head coach Cory Clouston was elevated to head coach of Ottawa for the balance of the season.[24] Clouston became the fourth head coach to coach the Senators in a year, prompting the media to dub the players as "coach-killers."[25] Assistant coach Curtis Hunt was also let go (he became the Binghamton head coach) and retired defenceman Luke Richardson joined the coaching staff as an assistant.[26]

On February 12, former coach John Paddock (who had moved on to coach the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms) weighed in on the firing, stating that at some point Murray would be held accountable:

“I think now he's next in line. We were 14 games over .500 when I was fired. They're seven under now. Somebody needs to take responsibility for that. Whether the coaches he hired and fired were good or not, they're his players and they're either not playing good or can't play, one or the other.” He was then asked which was the case: “The players are not very good, that's the problem.”[27]

Paddock apologized to Murray via e-mail. Murray commented "I'm disappointed and a little bit surprised by it. I'm not sure what purpose he was trying to achieve doing that. He sent me an apology. The only complaint I ever had with John was that I didn't think he worked hard enough at getting himself ready and getting the team ready to play games."[28]

Late in February and early in March, as the season neared the trade deadline, the team still held out hold of making the playoffs although the team remained over 10 points out of a playoff spot, as the team was winning more often with Clouston. The Senators started making some deals, sending Dean McAmmond and a 2009 first-round pick for Chris Campoli and Mike Comrie. By the trade deadline day March 4, Murray admitted to the media that the club would be 'sellers' and had given up hope of making the playoffs. On March 4, Antoine Vermette was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a draft pick. Martin Gerber was put on waivers three times and was finally picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Although the club improved its record under new coach Clouston, including a 10–5–0 record in March, it was not enough to salvage the season. On March 31, following a loss to the Florida Panthers and a win by the Montreal Canadiens, the club was eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 1996.

Although eliminated, the team continued to play well, including an nine-game win streak on home ice. By April 8, the team's record under Clouston was 19–10–3 and he was rewarded with a two-year deal to continue coaching the Senators.[29]

Divisional standingsEdit

Northeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins * 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals * 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils * 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

2008–09 Game log
Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
@ Indicates away game. S Played at Scandinavium Arena, Stockholm, SE. † First game in Sweden is considered a "home" game.

Player statsEdit


Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson 79 24 50 74 +7 24
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza 82 32 41 73 -14 79
Heatley, DanyDany Heatley 82 39 33 72 -11 88
Kuba, FilipFilip Kuba 71 3 37 40 +4 28
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher 78 13 19 32 0 66
Foligno, NickNick Foligno 81 17 15 32 -10 59
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette 62 9 19 28 -12 42
Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly 82 12 11 23 -10 38
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips 82 6 16 22 -14 66
Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu 78 7 14 21 0 144
Bell, BrendanBrendan Bell 53 6 15 21 -5 24
Shannon, RyanRyan Shannon 35 8 12 20 -1 2
Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester 76 3 15 18 0 33
Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard 47 6 8 14 -2 8
Lee, BrianBrian Lee 53 2 11 13 -2 33
Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli 25 5 8 13 +4 12
Donovan, SheanShean Donovan 65 5 5 10 -2 34
Neil, ChrisChris Neil 60 3 7 10 -13 146
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov 68 2 8 10 -10 36
McAmmond, DeanDean McAmmond 44 3 4 7 +2 16
Comrie, MikeMike Comrie 22 3 4 7 -7 6
Schubert, ChristophChristoph Schubert 50 3 3 6 -8 26
Regin, PeterPeter Regin 11 1 1 2 0 2
Zubov, IlyaIlya Zubov 10 0 2 2 -1 0
Smith, JasonJason Smith 63 1 0 1 -3 47
Bass, CodyCody Bass 12 0 0 0 -2 15
Richardson, LukeLuke Richardson 2 0 0 0 -3 2
Carkner, MattMatt Carkner 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hennessy, JoshJosh Hennessy 1 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, ZackZack Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0


Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Auld, AlexAlex Auld 43 2449 16 18 7 101 2.47 1141 1040 .911 1
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 31 1667 16 8 3 77 2.77 786 709 .902 1
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 14 839 4 9 1 40 2.86 397 357 .899 1

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


The Senators attempted to make the playoffs for the 12th straight season. Prior to the season, a majority of predictions by the media placed the Senators to finish in the playoffs in fourth or lower.[30][31] Some, including the Hockey News' Adam Proteau, placed the team to miss the playoffs.[32] However, if they make the playoffs, Proteau plans to

“Commission a musical mash-up consisting of Alanis Morissette and Paul Anka music – and Tom Green’s short-lived professional rap career – and listen to it on repeat for an entire drive from Toronto to Ottawa. And back, even.”
The Hockey News, December 11, 2008[33]

After changing coaches and improving play, the Senators were not able to qualify for the playoffs. On March 31, the Senators were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.

Awards and recordsEdit


  • NHL record for consecutive team games with assists from the start of a season by a defenseman (8) - Filip Kuba.
  • March 5, 2009 - Jason Spezza scored at 0:12 of the first period to set a new Senators record for the fastest goal from the start of a game.[34]
  • April 7, 2009 - won ninth consecutive home game to set new team record.[35]


Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Chris Phillips 700th NHL game October 4, 2008
Filip Kuba First assist with Ottawa
First point with Ottawa
October 4, 2008
Alex Auld First game with Ottawa
First start with Ottawa
First win with Ottawa
October 5, 2008
Alexandre R. Picard First goal with Ottawa
First point with Ottawa
October 11, 2008
Chris Kelly 100th career point October 18, 2008
Alexandre R. Picard 100th NHL game October 25, 2008
Dany Heatley 291st career point with Ottawa
(passing Shawn McEachern for 7th on
Senators' all-time point scoring list)
November 6, 2008
Jesse Winchester First NHL goal November 6, 2008
Zack Smith First NHL game November 29, 2008
Brendan Bell First goal with Ottawa
First assist with Ottawa
First point with Ottawa
December 3, 2008
Jason Spezza Second career Hat-Trick December 6, 2008
Dany Heatley 500th career point December 20, 2008
Jason Smith First goal with Ottawa
First point with Ottawa
December 20, 2008
Martin Gerber 100th game in net for OttawaA January 8, 2009
Mike Fisher 500th regular-season NHL game January 13, 2009
Peter Regin First NHL game January 20, 2009
Peter Regin First NHL goal January 29, 2009
Daniel Alfredsson 900th regular-season NHL game February 1, 2009
Shean Donovan 900th regular-season NHL game February 14, 2009
Jason Spezza 391st point with Senators
(passing Marian Hossa for fifth on
Senators' all-time point scoring list)
February 14, 2009
Jason Smith 1000th regular-season NHL game February 17, 2009
Daniel Alfredsson 350th NHL goal March 7, 2009
Jason Spezza 400th point with Senators
(passing Radek Bonk for fourth on
Senators' all-time point scoring list)
March 11, 2009
Brian Elliott First NHL shutout. March 29, 2009
  • ALater demoted to Binghamton and released on waivers, it was also his last game with Ottawa.


  • May 29, 2008 - re-signed Jesse Winchester
  • June 2, 2008 - signed Peter Regin to entry-level contract.
  • June 13, 2008 - signed Craig Hartsburg to a three-year contract.
  • June 18, 2008 - re-signed Matt Carkner to a two-year contract.
  • June 20, 2008 - placed Ray Emery on waivers. (bought out)
  • June 20, 2008 - re-signed Chris Kelly
  • July 1, 2008 - signed Alex Auld to two-year contract
  • July 2, 2008 - re-signed Shean Donovan
  • July 2, 2008 - signed Jarkko Ruutu
  • July 7, 2008 - re-signed Greg Mauldin to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • July 8, 2008 - signed Jason Smith
  • July 11, 2008 - signed Mitchell O'Keefe to a one-year, entry-level contract.
  • July 11, 2008 - signed Brendan Bell to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • July 11, 2008 - signed Curtis Hunt to a three-year contract.
  • July 28, 2008 - re-signed Jeff Glass to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • July 29, 2008 - re-signed Josh Hennessy to a two-year, two-way contract.
  • July 31, 2008 - re-signed Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.
  • August 11, 2008 - re-signed Geoff Waugh to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • August 14, 2008 - signed Zack Smith to an entry-level contract.
  • September 4, 2008 - signed Brad Isbister to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • September 27, 2008 - re-signed Luke Richardson to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • September 27, 2008 - assigned Brad Isbister to Binghamton. Isbister declined and was loaned to EV Zug on October 4.
  • October 30, 2008 - re-signed Daniel Alfredsson to a four-year contract extension.[36]
  • November 27, 2008 - placed Luke Richardson on waivers. (retired)[37]
  • January 22, 2009 - placed Martin Gerber on waivers. (assigned to Binghamton)[38]
  • February 2, 2009 - fire Craig Hartsburg as head coach, elevate Cory Clouston to head coach.
  • March 4, 2009 - re-signed Filip Kuba to three-year contract extension at $3.7 million per season.
  • March 9, 2009 - signed free agent Craig Schira to three-year entry-level contract.[39]



June 20, 2008
To Nashville Predators
First-round (18th overall) pick in 2008 Draft (Chet Pickard)
Third-round pick in 2009 Draft
To Ottawa Senators
First-round (15th overall) pick in 2008 Draft (Erik Karlsson)
June 25, 2008
To Phoenix Coyotes
Brian McGrattan
To Ottawa Senators
Fifth-round pick in 2009
August 29, 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Andrej Meszaros
To Ottawa Senators
First-round pick (from San Jose Sharks)in 2009
Filip Kuba
Alexandre Picard
September 2, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Lawrence Nycholat
To Ottawa Senators
Ryan Shannon
November 1, 2008
To Phoenix Coyotes
Alexander Nikulin
To Ottawa Senators
Drew Fata
February 20, 2009
To New York Islanders
Dean McAmmond
San Jose's first-round pick (previously acquired) in 2009 Draft
To Ottawa Senators
Mike Comrie
Chris Campoli
March 4, 2009
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Antoine Vermette
To Ottawa Senators
Pascal Leclaire
Second-round pick in 2009 Draft

Free agent acquisitionsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Alex Auld Boston Bruins 2 years/$2 Million
Jarkko Ruutu Pittsburgh Penguins 3 years/$3.9 Million
Jason Smith Philadelphia Flyers 2 years/$5.2 Million[40]
Brendan Bell Phoenix Coyotes 1 year[41]
Mitchell O'Keefe Ferris State University,
Iowa Stars
1 year[42]
Brad Isbister Vancouver Canucks 1 year[43]

Players lost to free agencyEdit

Player New team
Mike Commodore Columbus Blue Jackets
Wade Redden New York Rangers
Cory Stillman Florida Panthers
Randy Robitaille HC Lugano


Player Former team New team Date claimed off waivers
Martin Gerber Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs March 4, 2009


Updated March 17, 2009.[44]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Flag of Sweden Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson


RW R 47 1994 Gothenburg, Sweden
31 Flag of Canada.svg Auld, AlexAlex Auld

G L 39 2008 Cold Lake, Alberta
58 Flag of Canada.svg Bass, CodyCody Bass

 Injury icon

C R 33 2005 Owen Sound, Ontario
9 Flag of Canada.svg Bell, BrendanBrendan Bell

D L 36 2008 Ottawa, Ontario
14 Flag of Canada.svg Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli

D L 35 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
89 Flag of Canada.svg Comrie, MikeMike Comrie

C L 39 2009 Edmonton, Alberta
10 Flag of Canada.svg Donovan, SheanShean Donovan

RW R 45 2007 Timmins, Ontario
30 Flag of Canada.svg Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott

G R 34 2003 Newmarket, Ontario
12 Flag of Canada.svg Fisher, MikeMike Fisher

C R 39 1998 Peterborough, Ontario
71 Flag of Canada.svg Foligno, NickNick Foligno

LW L 32 2006 Buffalo, New York
15 Flag of Canada.svg Heatley, DanyDany Heatley


LW L 39 2005 Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany
22 Flag of Canada.svg Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly

C L 39 1999 Toronto, Ontario
17 Flag of the Czech Republic Kuba, FilipFilip Kuba

D L 43 2008 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
33 Flag of Canada.svg Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire

 Injury icon

G L 37 2009 Repentigny, Quebec
55 Flag of the United States Lee, BrianBrian Lee

D R 32 2005 Fargo, North Dakota
25 Flag of Canada.svg Neil, ChrisChris Neil

RW R 40 1998 Flesherton, Ontario
4 Flag of Canada.svg Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips


D L 41 1996 Calgary, Alberta
45 Flag of Canada.svg Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard

 Injury icon

D L 34 2008 Gatineau, Quebec
73 Flag of Finland Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu

LW L 44 2008 Helsinki, Finland
5 Flag of Germany Schubert, ChristophChristoph Schubert

D/W L 38 2001 Munich, West Germany
26 Flag of the United States Shannon, RyanRyan Shannon

C/RW R 36 2008 Darien, Connecticut
21 Flag of Canada.svg Smith, JasonJason Smith

 Injury icon

D R 46 2008 Calgary, Alberta
19 Flag of Canada.svg Spezza, JasonJason Spezza

C R 36 2001 Mississauga, Ontario
24 Flag of Russia Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov

D L 38 2000 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
18 Flag of Canada.svg Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester

C/RW R 36 2008 Long Sault, Ontario

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in OttawaOntario.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club team
1 15 Erik Karlsson Defence Flag of Sweden Sweden Frolunda HC Gothenburg (Sweden Jr.)
2 42 Patrick Wiercioch Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Omaha Lancers (USHL)
3 79 Zack Smith Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
4 109 Andre Petersson Forward Flag of Sweden Sweden HV71 Jonkoping (Sweden Jr.)
4 119 Derek Grant Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Langley Chiefs (BCHL)
5 139 Mark Borowiecki Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Smiths Falls Bears (CJHL)
7 199 Emil Sandin Forward Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynas IF Gavle (Sweden Jr.)

Farm teamsEdit

The Senators continued their affiliation with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League and added an affiliation agreement with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League.[45] In previous years, Elmira had accepted players from Binghamton on a player-by-player basis. The new agreement formalized the arrangement of Elmira as the primary affiliate of Binghamton and the secondary affiliate of Ottawa.[45]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Includes one game in Sweden.
  2. Does not include game in Sweden.
  3. Based on 19,153 seating capacity at Scotiabank Place.
  4. Garrioch, Bruce. "Redden to go on market", Slam! Sports. Retrieved on 2008-06-09. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. 
  5. HARTSBURG INTRODUCED AS NEW HEAD COACH IN OTTAWA. (2008-06-13). Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  6. Kelly Staying with Senators (2008-06-20). Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved on 2008-06-23.
  7. Senators sign free agent defenceman Smith. (2008-07-08). Retrieved on 2008-07-09.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mes Wanted to Stay. Slam Sports. Retrieved on 2008-09-05.
  9. Bolting to Sunshine State?. Slam Sports. Retrieved on 2008-09-05.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Four NHL teams to open the 2008–09 regular season in Europe Oct. 4–5. (January 26, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-04-24.
  11. - News (November 26, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-26.
  12. Ottawa Senators Recap (November 14, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
  13. "Coyotes acquire Nikulin from Senators". (2008-11-03). Retrieved on 2008-11-03.
  14. Back in Black. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
  15. Win-starved Senators adopt moustache look. CBC Sports (November 22, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-12-18.
  16. Bulletin: A statement from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. Ottawa Senators (January 8, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-01-09.
  17. Warren, Ken. "Nothing decided, Melnyk says, but ...", Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 2009. 
  18. "Ruutu suspended for two games", Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-01-09. 
  21. Bulletin: Senators assign Gerber to Binghamton. Ottawa Senators (January 27, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-01-28.
  22. Brennan, Don (January 30, 2009). Sens owner Melnyk misfires. Canoe - Slam! Sports. Retrieved on 2009-01-30.
  23. Struggling Senators Fire Coach Hartsburg. TSN (February 2, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-02-02.
  24. Senators fire Hartsburg. (February 2, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-02-02.
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