2010–11 Ottawa Senators
2010–11 record
 Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Cory Clouston
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains TBD
Arena Scotiabank Place
Team leaders
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The 2010–11 Ottawa Senators season will be the 18th season in the modern Senators' history.


Early in the off-season, the Senators signed several players including summer development camp attendee Colin Greening on April 28 and Binghamton forward Ryan Keller on May 19 and goaltender Mike Brodeur on May 26. After some media speculation, the Senators also bought out Jonathan Cheechoo's contract on June 29 after he cleared waivers, making Cheechoo a free agent.[1]

At the Entry Draft, the Senators traded their first-round pick to the St. Louis Blues for defenceman David Rundblad, who had been the Blues' first-round pick (17th-overall) in the 2009 Draft. Having now previously traded their first, second, and fifth-round picks, the Senators picked Jakub Culek in the third round (76th-overall), Marcus Sorensen in the fourth round (106th-overall), Mark Stone in the sixth round (178th-overall), and Bryce Aneloski in the seventh round (196th-overall).

Throughout July, the Senators made various signings. On July 13, they signed Swedish forward and 2004 Senator draft pick Roman Wick to a one-year, entry-level contract, and resigned Derek Smith to a one-year contract. On July 22, they resigned forward Cody Bass to a one-year, two-way contract and forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Having fired their goaltending coach Eli Wilson in January, the Senators signed former goaltender Rick Wamsley as goaltending coach on July 27. His most recent job was interim head coach of the St. Louis Blues' AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. He had at one time been Pascal Leclaire's goaltending coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2]

On August 5, the Senators resigned Binghampton defenceman Geoff Kinrade to a one-year, two-way contract as well as signing forward and local prospect Corey Cowick to a entry-level contract. Cowick was an assistant captain with Ottawa's OHL team the Ottawa 67's and was the Senators sixth-round pick at the 2009 Draft.

Free Agents

The Senators entered the off-season with four restricted free agents (RFA): Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno, Peter Regin, and Jesse Winchester. The team also had six unrestricted free agents (UFA): Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton acquired via late 2009–10 season trades; Shean Donovan and Anton Volchenkov, as well as Binghamton players Martin St. Pierre and Josh Hennessy.[3]

Of the four RFAs, all resigned with the Senators. Winchester and Foligno each signed two-year deals on July 1 and July 21 respectively. Campoli and Regin both filed for arbitration, however, they each resigned before it reached that point. Regin signed a two-year deal on July 29, while Campoli signed a one-year deal on July 30.

Of the six UFAs, none have resigned with the Senators. On July 1, the first day of free agency, Volchenkov signed with the New Jersey Devils while Cullen signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.[4] On August 2, Sutton signed with the Anaheim Ducks in a two-year deal.[5] While Donovan remains unsigned, it is unlikely he will return to Ottawa due to salary cap limitations. St. Pierre and Hennessy both signed with teams overseas, St. Pierre with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Hennessy with HC Lugano.

In terms of acquisitions, the Senators made a notable move in signing former Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar to a three-year deal in the early morning hours of July 1. Other free agency acquisitions include forward Corey Locke, decenceman and enforcer Francis Lessard, forward David Hale, and decenceman André Benoit.

Spezza Trade Speculation

In early June, an Ottawa Sun article reported that star centre Jason Spezza was "unhappy" and that there were "indications [he] may have asked for a trade."[6] Though purely speculation, the article prompted various other Ottawa sports media sources to issue their own perspectives. Theories ranged from conjuring up various trade rumours, noting the similarity to the previous year's Dany Heatley trade demand, or to suggesting that it was just "lazy rumor mongering."[7][8] Meanwhile, the Sun received criticism for its journalistic integrity to the point where they had to defend accusations that they were "anti-Spezza"[9][10] This did not stop speculation though, which was emboldened by silence both from Spezza and GM Bryan Murray.

Spezza finally broke the silence during his annual Celebrity Classic golf tournament on July 20: Further, he expressed regret that the issue had become public at all. "Me and Bryan have talked since then and probably our conversation should have stayed between us," he said. "We probably wouldn’t even be talking here today. But it happened and it’s a reality." His statement largely settled the rumour, apart from some minor speculation (again by Ottawa Sun columnists) that Spezza had in fact demanded a trade similar to Heatley.[11] However, sources confirmed with Spezza's team members that the situation was "not even close to the Dany situation."[12]


On June 18, the Senators announced that they will play eight games during the pre-season, which includes three home games, four road games, and one neutral site game. The Senators will face the Toronto Maple Leafs three times, and will have home-and-home sets against the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers.[13]

The Senators will also play in the Hockeyville 2010 game at Dundas, Ontario against the Buffalo Sabres. The game will be played on September 28, 2010 at the J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena.[14]

Regular seasonEdit

The Senators' regular season schedule was announced on June 22, 2010. The Senators open the season at home against the Buffalo Sabres on October 8, 2010. The Senators end the season on the road against the Bruins on April 9, 2011.[15]


The Senators will attempt to return to the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons. The Hockey News predicts in their 2010-11 Yearbook that the Senators will finish 10th in the Conference, missing the playoffs.[16] The Las Vegas Hilton SportsBook has set the odds at 40–1 that the Senators will win the Stanley Cup.[17]

Schedule and resultsEdit


2010 Pre-season
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Record Recap
1 September 21 Ottawa Senators - Toronto Maple Leafs
2 September 22 Ottawa Senators - Toronto Maple Leafs
3 September 24 Ottawa Senators - Montreal Canadiens
4 September 25 Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators
5 September 28 (in Dundas, Ontario) Buffalo Sabres - Ottawa Senators
6 September 29 Toronto Maple Leafs - Ottawa Senators
7 October 1 Ottawa Senators - New York Rangers
8 October 2 New York Rangers - Ottawa Senators

Regular seasonEdit

2010–11 game log
2010–11 Schedule

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

Roster Edit

Updated July 13, 2010.

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


RW R 46 1994 Gothenburg, Sweden
16 Flag of the United States Butler, BobbyBobby Butler

F R 32 2010 Marlborough, Massachusetts
14 Flag of Canada.svg Campoli, ChrisChris Campoli


D L 35 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
39 Flag of Canada.svg Carkner, MattMatt Carkner

D R 39 2007 Winchester, Ontario
48 Flag of Canada.svg Cowen, JaredJared Cowen

D R 28 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
10 Flag of Canada.svg Donovan, SheanShean Donovan


RW R 44 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 the United States Foligno, NickNick Foligno


LW L 32 2006 Buffalo, New York
Flag of Russia Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar

D L 45 2010 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
65 Flag of Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson

D R 29 2008 Landsbro, Sweden
22 Flag of Canada.svg Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly

C L 39 1999 Toronto, Ontario
27 Flag of Russia Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev

RW L 46 2009 Togliatti, Soviet Union
17 Flag of the Czech Republic Kuba, FilipFilip Kuba

D L 42 2008 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
33 Flag of Canada.svg Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire

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

D R 32 2005 Fargo, North Dakota
Flag of Canada.svg Locke, CoreyCorey Locke

C L 35 2010 Newmarket, Ontario
9 Flag of the Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek

LW L 35 2009 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
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
43 Flag of Denmark Regin, PeterPeter Regin


C L 33 2004 Herning, Denmark
73 Flag of Finland Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu

LW L 44 2008 Helsinki, Finland
26 Flag of the United States Shannon, RyanRyan Shannon

C/RW R 36 2008 Darien, Connecticut
51 Flag of Canada.svg Smith, DerekDerek Smith

D L 35 2007 Belleville, Ontario
47 Flag of Canada.svg Smith, ZackZack Smith

C R 31 2008 Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
19 Flag of Canada.svg Spezza, JasonJason Spezza

C R 36 2001 Mississauga, Ontario
5 Flag of Canada.svg Sutton, AndyAndy Sutton


D L 44 2010 Kingston, Ontario
Flag of Switzerland Wick, RomanRoman Wick

RW R 33 2004 Zuzwil, Switzerland
18 Flag of Canada.svg Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester

C R 36 2008 Cornwall, Ontario



June 25, 2010[18] To St. Louis Blues
1st-round pick (#16 overall) in 2010
To Ottawa Senators
David Rundblad

Free agents acquired Edit

Player Former team Contract terms
Sergei Gonchar[19] Pittsburgh Penguins Three years, $16.5 million
Corey Locke[20] Hartford Wolf Pack Two years, $1.1 million two-way contract
Francis Lessard[21] San Antonio Rampage One-year, $550,000 two-way contract
David Hale[21] Tampa Bay Lightning One-year, $675,000 two-way contract
André Benoit Hamilton Bulldogs One-year, two-way contract[22]

Free agents lost Edit

Player New team Contract terms
Josh Hennessy[23] HC Lugano 1 year
Martin St. Pierre[24] HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1 year
Jonathan Cheechoo[25] TBD Contract bought out
Anton Volchenkov[26] New Jersey Devils 6 years, $25.5 million
Matt Cullen[27] Minnesota Wild 3 years, $10.5 million
Andy Sutton[28] Anaheim Ducks 2 years, $4.25 million

Claimed via WaiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Lost via WaiversEdit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers

Player signings Edit

Player Date Contract terms
Colin Greening April 28, 2010 One-year, $735,000 entry-level contract[29]
Ryan Keller May 19, 2010 One-year, $525,000 two-way contract[30]
Mike Brodeur May 26, 2010 One-year, $600,000 two-way contract[31]
Jesse Winchester July 1, 2010 Two-years, $1.5 million[32]
Roman Wick July 13, 2010 One-year, $625,000 entry-level contract[33]
Derek Smith July 13, 2010 One year, $550,000[34]
Nick Foligno July 21, 2010 Two-years, $2.4 million[35]
Mike Hoffman July 22, 2010 Three-years, $1.83 million entry-level contract[36]
Cody Bass July 22, 2010 One-year, $500,000 two-way contract[37]
Peter Regin July 29, 2010 Two-years, $2 million[38]
Chris Campoli July 30, 2010 One-year, $1.4 million[39]
Geoff Kinrade August 5, 2010 One-year, $550,000 two-way contract[40]
Corey Cowick August 5, 2010 Entry-level contract[41]

Draft picks Edit

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles June 25–26, 2010.

Round Overall pick Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
3 76 Jakub Culek LW Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Rimouski Océanic (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
4 106 Marcus Sorensen RW Flag of Sweden Sweden Sodertalje SK (Sweden Jr.)
6 178 (from San Jose) Mark Stone RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League)
7 196 Bryce Aneloski D Flag of the United States United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (United States Hockey League)

Farm teams Edit

The Senators signed Kurt Kleinendorst to a two-year deal to be head coach of Binghamton. He was previously the head coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team, which won the Under-18 world championship in 2010.[42]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Ottawa Senators (June 29, 2010). Bulletin: Senators buy out Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract. Press release. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  2. Panzeri, Allen. "Senators hire Leclaire’s former goaltending coach", Ottawa Citizen, July 28, 2010. Retrieved on August 19, 2010. 
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  4. McGourty, John. "Wild signs former Minnesota HS star Matt Cullen",, July 1, 2010. Retrieved on August 20, 2010. 
  5. TSN Staff (August 2, 2010). Ducks ink D Sutton to two-year contract. CTV Globe Media. Retrieved on August 20, 2010.
  6. Garrioch, Bruce (June 3, 2010). Sens GM will talk to ‘unhappy’ Spezza. Sun Media. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
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  9. Baines, Tim (June 25, 2010). I repeat ... we are not anti-Spezza. Sun Media. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
  10. Baines, Tim (June 24, 2010). Since when are we anti-Spezza?. Sun Media. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
  11. Brennan, Don (July 21, 2010). Spezza in for long haul. Sun Media. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
  12. Juergensen, Melissa (July 20, 2010). Spezza never wanted to be traded from the Sens. CTV Globe Media. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
  14. "Dundas: Canada's Hockeyville", Hamilton Spectator, April 4, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-04-26. 
  15. 2010-2011 Regular Season Schedule. Ottawa Senators (June 22, 2010). Retrieved on June 22, 2010.
  16. Lavelette, Cory. What We Learned: The Hockey News 2010-11 Yearbook. From the Rink. Retrieved on August 18, 2010.
  17. Jacobs, Todd. "NHL Stanley Cup 2010-2011: Las Vegas Odds to Win & Picks",, August 17, 2010. Retrieved on August 18, 2010. 
  18. (June 25, 2010). Draft deal brings Swede addition to Sens defence. Press release.
  19. GONCHAR SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SENATORS. (July 1, 2010). Retrieved on July 7, 2010.
  20. Ottawa Senators. Bulletin: Senators sign forward Corey Locke to a two-year contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 7, 2010.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Ottawa Senators (May 26, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign David Hale and Francis Lessard to one-year contracts. Press release.
  22. Ottawa Senators (August 6, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign defenceman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract. Press release.
  23. Sharp, Michael. "Hennessy unable to pass on Switzerland's offer",, May 14, 2010. Retrieved on May 31, 2010. 
  24. "Changes in the composition of Neftekhimik" (in Russian). HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (2010-06-06). Retrieved on 2010-06-06.
  25. Bulletin: Senators buy out Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract
  26. Devils sign D Tallinder and Volchenkov
  27. Cullen Comes Home
  28. Ducks Sign Sutton to Two-Year Deal
  29. Ottawa Senators (April 28, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign Colin Greening to entry-level contract. Press release.
  30. Ottawa Senators (May 19, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign forward Ryan Keller to one-year contract. Press release.
  31. Ottawa Senators (May 26, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign goaltender Mike Brodeur to one-year contract. Press release.
  32. Bulletin: Senators re-sign forward Jesse Winchester to a two-year contract. Ottawa Senators. Retrieved on July 3, 2010.
  33. Bulletin: Senators sign forward Roman Wick to entry-level contract. Ottawa Senators. Retrieved on July 14, 2010.
  34. Bulletin: Senators sign defenceman Derek Smith to one-year contract. Ottawa Senators. Retrieved on July 14, 2010.
  35. Ottawa Senators (July 21, 2010). Bulletin: Senators re-sign Nick Foligno to a two-year contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 22, 2010.
  36. Ottawa Senators (July 22, 2010). Bulletin: Senators sign forward Mike Hoffman to entry-level contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 22, 2010.
  37. Ottawa Senators (July 21, 2010). Bulletin: Senators re-sign Cody Bass to a one-year contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 22, 2010.
  38. Ottawa Senators (July 29, 2010). Bulletin: Senators re-sign forward Peter Regin to a two-year contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 29, 2010.
  39. Ottawa Senators (July 30, 2010). Bulletin: Senators re-sign Campoli to a one-year contract. Press release. Retrieved on July 30, 2010.
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  42. Senators name Kleinendorst new head coach in Binghamton. TSN (August 6, 2010). Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
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