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A report card look at Canada's world championship team - The Canadian Press
Jason Spezza, B: The points have been coming, but just like Heatley, he needs to do more at even strength. Scottie Upshall, B-minus: Injected some energy into the lineup and earned a few shifts on the scoring unit. Matthew Lombardi, B-minus: His speed...
Spezza and Heatley playing well for Canada - Rotoworld.com
Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley have combined to register 13 points in four games for the Canadian team at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. Too bad they couldn't produce at this pace for the Senators this past season. The Canadians are off to a 3-0...
Spezza returns home with world silver - Mississauga News
Mississauga native Jason Spezza returns home from the world championship with a silver medal after Canada lost 2-1 in the final. The Ottawa Senator is pictured here in NHL action. Although he's watching the NHL playoffs from the sidelines, Jason Spezza...
Former Griffins earn medals at international event - MLive.com
Jason Spezza (2001-02) and Joel Kwiatkowski (2000-02) each received a silver medal for Canada. Spezza had the team's lone goal in the gold medal game, and had seven goals and four assists in the tournament. Stefan Liv (2006-07) stopped 37 shots in...
Russia edges Canada 2-1 in hockey worlds final - The Associated Press
The Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza gave Canada the early lead. Sweden won the bronze medal, beating the United States 4-2 earlier Sunday. Russia, which went unbeaten through the tournament despite trailing in six of its nine games, holds a 25-24 edge...
Fans shouldn't expect miracles from 2009-10 Hounds - Sault Star
Amassing a dismal record of 4-62-3 in their inaugural 1998- 99 campaign, the IceDogs earned the right to draft future NHL star Jason Spezza with the first pick of the annual OHL Priority Selection. But while Spezza dazzled onlookers with his play the...
Canada earns gold-medal rematch with Russia - CBC.ca
By Alan Adams, CBC Sports Canada's Martin St. Louis, left, Dany Heatley, centre, and Jason Spezza celebrate St. Louis's goal in the semifinal against Sweden. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) The look on Lindy Ruff's face said it all....
Russia sinks Canada again to win world title - Reuters Canada
Jason Spezza gave Canada an early lead but Oleg Saprykin equalized in the first period and Alexander Radulov fired the winner five minutes from the end of the second. The Russians, who won last year's final 5-4 in overtime on Canadian soil to win the...
Russia edges Canada for World Championship - NHL.com
He beat Canadian goalie Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton Oilers with a wrist shot after going around Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips. Canada went up 1-0 early in the first period when Ottawa's Jason Spezza converted a rebound from Nashville's...
The Offensive Zone - RotoTimes.com
Their almost complete lack of secondary scoring reared its ugly head, while the potent trio of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson had their worst season together since inception. At one point in the year, the Senators were the...

Jason Spezza

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Jason Anthony Rocco Spezza (born June 13, 1983 in Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Spezza is known for his speed and playmaking abilities and usually plays on a line (called the Pizza line) with Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

After beginning his major junior career at the early age of 15 in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Spezza was selected second overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout, he won the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP with the Binghamton Senators. In 2005–06, Spezza set an Ottawa Senators' franchise record with 71 assists, while hitting the 90-point mark for the first of two times in his NHL career.

Internationally, Spezza has represented Team Canada at three World Junior Championships and one World Championships. When he made his World Junior debut in 2000, he became just the third 16-year-old in history to make the team, behind Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.

Jason was born to Italian parents Rino and Donna Spezza in Mississagua, Ontario. He has twin siblings; a sister, Michelle, and a brother, Matthew, an ice hockey goaltender currently playing in the International Hockey League (IHL). Growing up in the Toronto area, he watched the Toronto Maple Leafs, but has cited Mario Lemieux as his favourite player as a child.

Before the age of 1, Spezza won a baby contest and began his youth modelling career. The victory resulted in Spezza becoming the poster boy for Baby, a Broadway musical that played at Toronto's O'Keefe Centre in the summer of 1984. At five years old, Spezza was chosen for a Minute Maid commercial. Two years later, he modelled clothing for stores Woolco and Kmart.

At 15-years-old, Spezza began his major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Brampton Battalion in 1998–99. He recorded beyond a point-per-game pace as an underaged played with 71 points in 67 games. After one season with the Battalion, he was then required to enter the OHL Priority Draft and was selected by the expansion Mississauga Ice Dogs in the team's inaugural season in 1999–00. He recorded 61 points in 52 games that season before being traded 15 games into the 2000–01 season to the Windsor Spitfires. Spezza went on to score an OHL-career-high 116 points in 66 games that season.

Going into the 2001 NHL Entry Draft having been named the Top CHL Prospect,, Spezza would be drafted second overall by the Ottawa Senators after Ilya Kovalchuk went to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Senators' second overall pick originally belonged to the New York Islanders, but was traded to Ottawa along with Zdeno Chára and Bill Muckalt for Alexei Yashin on draft day.

After one more OHL season split between the Spitfires and the Belleville Bulls, resulting in a 105-point season, Spezza began his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Following Spezza's fourth OHL season in 2001–02, he was assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2002 Calder Cup playoffs, where he made his professional debut, playing in 3 post-season games and recording 1 goal. Spezza made his NHL debut the next season in 2002–03 with Ottawa, playing in 33 games and recording 21 points. He played the majority of the season, however, in the AHL with Ottawa's new affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, and was called up regularly to replace injured Ottawa players. He also competed in 3 playoff games with Ottawa during his rookie season, helping the team in its 2003 playoff run to the semifinals. The Senators came within one game of the Finals, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.

Spezza played his first full NHL season with the Senators in 2003–04 and scored 22 goals and 55 points in 78 games. However, due to the subsequent NHL lockout, Spezza returned to the AHL in 2004–05. Scoring 117 points with Binghamton, he outscored Mike Cammalleri of the Manchester Monarchs by 8 points to capture the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's leading scorer. Spezza was also awarded the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP.

With NHL play set to resume in 2005–06, Spezza returned to Ottawa. Having traded centres Radek Bonk and Todd White off-season, the Senators started Spezza on the first line between Dany Heatley and rookie Brandon Bochenski, who was Spezza's linemate in Binghamton. After captain Daniel Alfredsson replaced Bochenski on the top line (Bochenski was soon thereafter traded), the trio, nicknamed the 'CASH' and 'Pizza' line, established themselves as one of the most productive line in the NHL. Wingers Alfredsson and Heatley both finished tied for fourth in league scoring with 103 points, while Spezza tallied 90 points despite a injury-shortened 68-game season. His 71 assists established a team single-season record and was second in the league behind Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks (96 assists). In the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, but fell to the Buffalo Sabres in five games. Spezza added 14 points 10 post-season games.

During the summer of 2006, Spezza underwent successful back surgery. The following season, he continued on the same pace with Heatley and Alfredsson before suffering another injury. He managed a career-high 34 goals and finished with 87 points in 67 games. On May 19, 2007, he scored a goal and an assist as the Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference final 4 games to 1. They moved to the Stanley Cup finals against the Anaheim Ducks, but lost in five games after the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line failed to perform against Samuel Påhlsson's checking line, backed by star defencemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Spezza finished the playoffs with a franchise record 22 post-season points, tied with linemates Alfredsson and Heatley.

Beginning 2007–08 in the last season of his contract, Spezza signed a seven-year contract extension with the Senators worth $49 million on November 2, 2007. Late that season, on February 9, 2008, Spezza scored his first NHL hat-trick during a 6–1 Senators victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Spezza contributed to all of his team's goals, for a career-high 6-point night. He finished tying his career-high in goals with 34 and establishing a new personal mark for points with 92. The Senators, however, failed to advance past the first round following their Stanley Cup run the previous season, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games.

In the midst of a disappointing season for both Spezza and the Senators in 2008–09 season, Spezza was caught with an illegal stick during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9, 2009. He was issued a penalty and criticized by media outlets for undermining the integrity of the game.

As a junior, Spezza represented Canada's national junior team three consecutive years. He made his debut at the 2000 World Junior Championshiops, becoming just the third 16-year-old to make the team in Team Canada history, after Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros (this feat was also accomplished the same year by defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and Sidney Crosby in 2004). Spezza contributed 2 assists in 7 games as Canada captured a bronze medal. He returned in 2001 for a second consecutive bronze medal, while improving to 3 goals and 3 assists. Spezza made it to the gold medal game with Team Canada in his third and final World Junior appearance in 2002, but lost to Russia to earn the silver.

As a member of the Senators, Spezza was made a reserve for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but did not play. He would make his men's debut for Team Canada at the 2008 World Championships, being named to the team along with Senators linemate Dany Heatley. He earned a silver medal, losing to Russia in the gold medal game.

Spezza participates in numerous activities outside of hockey, especially the "Spelling with Spezza" program. Winners receive a poster of Spezza and a pair of tickets to a Senators' home game. The program recognizes the importance of spelling. Spezza visits selected classes registered for the program. Last season over 600 classes in the Ottawa-Gatineau area participated in Spelling with Spezza. He also contributes to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Spezza was on the cover of the NHL 2K8 video game for the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox and the Xbox 360 video game consoles.

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Daniel Alfredsson

Cover of Hockey News, April 1, 2008His seventh appearance on the cover.[7]

Daniel Alfredsson (born December 11, 1972) of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a professional Swedish ice hockey player. He is the Captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is considered a leader by example and has been compared to former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman in his value to the Senators. A right winger with the Senators, Alfredsson usually plays on the first line, nicknamed the 'CASH' or 'Pizza' line with centre Jason Spezza and left winger Dany Heatley, and he has traditionally been the fourth forward on the ice in the role of pointman on Ottawa'a powerplay. He is one of the league's top scoring players, and he holds the Senators' franchise records for goals (331), assists (516), and points (847). He has played for Sweden internationally twelve times, including the 2006 gold medal winning Olympic squad.

Drafted 133rd overall in the sixth round in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Alfredsson was a serendipitous pick by the Senators. He had been overlooked by many NHL scouts, but one man in Ottawa's front office, John Ferguson, saw the potential and pushed management for his selection. Though largely unheralded entering his first NHL training camp, he would go on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in his first NHL season in 1995–96 and was the Senators' representative at the NHL All-Star Game. In 1996–97, he improved on his rookie totals and played in the All-Star Game again. He finished second in team scoring, contributing to the Senators' first modern playoff qualification, which ended in a first-round elimination.

Alfredsson started the 1997–98 season late because of a contract dispute. He signed a new deal on October 12, 1997, for $14 million over four years. Although he missed the first five games of the season, he was greeted with a standing ovation in his first game back. Alfredsson was named the Senators' representative at the All-Star Game for the third consecutive season. During the season, Alfredsson injured his ankle forcing him to play in only 55 games. The Senators qualified for the playoffs again and defeated the New Jersey Devils, but lost to the Washington Capitals. Alfredsson scored seven goals in 11 playoff games.

In 1998–99, Alfredsson missed 24 games because of injury, and was limited to 11 goals. The club again qualified for the playoffs, and Alfredsson hoped to have a good postseason, but was limited to one goal and three points in a sweep by the Buffalo Sabres. The next season, he was named captain when then-captain Alexei Yashin refused to play. Alfredsson's scoring totals improved from the previous season, with 21 goals and 59 points in 57 games. In the playoffs, the Senators met the Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Senators lost this first "Battle of Ontario", although Alfredsson scored three goals in the six-game series.

Alfredsson continued as captain the following season 2000–01, after Yashin returned to the lineup. Alfredsson scored 24 goals and 70 points in 68 games. The Senators met the Leafs again in the first round, and Alfredsson was limited to one goal in a four-game series sweep. In 2001–02, Alfredsson set a personal best with 37 goals and 71 points in 78 games. In the playoffs, the Senators met the Leafs in the second round, where they lost in seven games. Alfredsson led the team in playoff scoring with seven goals and 13 points in 12 games.

Alfredsson signed a two-year contract before the 2002–03 season. He increased his scoring totals, finishing with 27 goals and 78 points. The club won the President's Trophy that season despite the organization declaring bankruptcy, and qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. Alfredsson scored four goals and eight points in 18 games.

In 2003–04, Alfredsson finished the season with 32 goals and 80 points in 78 games. The club lost its first-round playoff to Toronto, and Alfredsson was limited to one goal and three points in the seven-game series. During the season, Alfredsson signed a contract extension with the Ottawa Senators for an additional five years.

Like many NHL players, Alfredsson played for a European team during the NHL lockout. He returned to Sweden to play for Frölunda HC, the team he had played for before joining Ottawa. He played on an all-NHL line with P. J. Axelsson and Samuel Påhlsson, helping the club win the Swedish Championship. Alfredsson was a major contributor during the playoffs, scoring 12 goals and 18 points in 14 games.

On October 5, 2005, opening night for the 2005–06 NHL season, the Senators played the Maple Leafs, and Dany Heatley was playing with Jason Spezza and Brandon Bochenski on the top line. When the Senators were down with five minutes remaining in the third period, Alfredsson replaced Bochenski and scored the tying goal, creating the 'CASH line'. Later in that game, Heatley and Alfredsson scored the first goals in an NHL shootout when they scored against Leafs goalie Ed Belfour for a 3–2 victory. Their sticks were subsequently sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Alfredsson capped off the 2005–06 regular season with a career high 103 points, tied for first on the Senators with Heatley. Perhaps his best game was on November 3, 2005, against the Buffalo Sabres where he scored a then career-high four goals and six points. After a sub-par 2006 playoffs and poor play to start the season, Alfredsson became the subject of trade rumors from the beginning of the 2006–07 season. He improved his game, attributing the change to a change in skates, and had a six-game scoring streak soon after. On Saturday, December 23, 2006, against the Philadelphia Flyers, he notched his 600th career point, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

In the 2007 playoffs, Alfredsson was the leading scorer with 14 goals and 22 points in 20 games. He greatly helped the Senators as they advanced past the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils. His improved play also helped the Senators advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in modern franchise history. He became the first European-born-and-raised captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. When presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy, he posed while touching the trophy, which most hockey players consider bad form and bad luck.

Alfredsson was Ottawa's best player in the finals, although the Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks. In a controversial incident in game four, an Alfredsson slap shot hit Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer at the end of the second period, leading to speculation that it was Alfredsson's intent to injure Niedermayer. Alfredsson said that he had glanced up at the clock to see if he had time to move in for a better shot, and then fired.

Along with the rest of the Senators, Alfredsson's 2007–08 season was marked by highs and lows. On January 24, 2008, he scored three goals and four assists in an 8–4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It put him into the NHL scoring lead during the All-Star Game break. He was named NHL player of the week and its first star. Alfredsson and his linemates Heatley and Spezza were named to the All-Star game roster, although Heatley could not play because of injury. Injuries reduced Alfredsson's playing time and effectiveness in the latter half of the season. First, Alfredsson suffered a hip pointer injury, and on April 3, 2008, Mark Bell of the Maple Leafs hit him with a high shoulder check that left Alfredsson on the ice, unable to get up for several minutes. He missed the final game of the regular season and was out for the beginning playoffs. He had played in every Senators playoff game to that point.

On April 14, 2008, with the Ottawa Senators trailing in their playoff series 2–0, Alfredsson made his return four weeks early in game three, in Ottawa. He was welcomed with a lengthy standing ovation. However, the Senators gave up four unanswered goals (three in the third period) to lose the game 4–1. The Senators lost game four 3–1. Afterwards, in an interview on CBC, he admitted he had been playing with a ruptured medial collateral ligament.

The Ottawa Senators announced October 10, 2008 that captain Daniel Alfredsson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The surgery is designed to remove a bone chip in his right knee that was dislodged during the Senators second game of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5th, 2008.

On October 30, 2008, Alfredsson agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $21.6 million. The contract, intended to allow Alfredsson to finish his playing career in Ottawa, includes a no-movement clause.

In the 2006 tournament, he set highs in goals (5), assists (5) and points (10) and played on the second line with Mats Sundin and Henrik Zetterberg. After an injury to Peter Forsberg, Alfredsson took Forsberg's spot as the alternate captain, along with Sundin and defenseman Nicklas Lidström.

Daniel is married to Brigitte Alfredsson and is the father of three sons, Hugo, Loui, and Fenix, the most recent which arrived 2008-06-04. The family resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Särö, Sweden. Alfredsson's parents are Hasse and Margareta Alfredsson. His younger brother Henrik Alfredsson played with the Ottawa 67s junior team as a 19-year old during their 1999 Memorial Cup-winning season.

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2007–08 Ottawa Senators season

Cover of Hockey News, April 1, 2008.

The 2007–08 Ottawa Senators season began on October 3, 2007, in Toronto against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the Ottawa Senators' 15th season in the National Hockey League.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft was held in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23, and the Sens used their first-round draft pick, 29th overall, to select James O'Brien.

Prior to the season, the Senators changed their staff, promoting Bryan Murray to general manager, and John Paddock to coach. Previous general manager John Muckler did not accept another position with the Senators and resigned. Two players, Mike Comrie and Tom Preissing, left as free agents, and Peter Schaefer was traded to Boston for Shean Donovan.

In the pre-season, a major incident occurred in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on September 25. Early in the second period, forward Dean McAmmond was hit in the head by Steve Downie of the Flyers. Downie was given a match penalty with automatic suspension. McAmmond was diagnosed with a concussion. Four Flyer players were injured in the match, won by the Senators by two goals. Steve Downie was eventually suspended for 20 games for the hit, also adding a 9 game suspension from the NHL's affiliate, the American Hockey League. The Senators won all seven of their pre-season games, and were the only NHL team to do so that year.

The Senators opened the regular season with two straight wins over their rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Battle of Ontario. The season opener at Toronto ended in overtime with right winger Dany Heatley notching two goals and an assist to start the season off 1–0–0. That afternoon, Heatley also agreed to a new contract, a six year, $45 million deal. The Senators earned another win the following day in their home opener, with captain Daniel Alfredsson scoring two goals. Before the game, the 2007 Eastern Conference Champions banner was raised to the rafters of Scotiabank Place.

The Sens went undefeated to start the season until the streak was snapped in their sixth game with a 5–3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, on October 11. In a later win vs. Montreal, rookie and draft pick Nick Foligno scored his first NHL goal off a wrap-around attempt on Carey Price. He celebrated the goal by imitating his father Mike's signature goal celebration, a high jump.

After a 8–1 record to start the season, and with a one week break, head coach John Paddock organized a team retreat to the Muskoka area starting on October 21. With their win over the Maple Leafs on November 6, 2007, the Senators set a team record by recording their eighth consecutive win. They also set an NHL record for the best start to a season after 14 games.

Also on November 6, six Senators were named to the All-Star Game ballot: Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Emery, Dany Heatley, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden and Jason Spezza. The most from any one team in the NHL. As of December 5, 2007, Daniel Alfredsson trails only Sidney Crosby in the Eastern Conference voting for forwards with 119,825 votes.

After a 4–2 win against Montreal, the Senators entered into a 7–game losing skid (0–4–3) recording 3 points, matching a record for straight losses set in the 1995–96 season. The Sens then rebounded with a 6–game winning streak.

On January 2, 2008, coach Paddock was named to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team and Jason Spezza was named the NHL's number one star for the month of December. On January 8, 2008, Daniel Alfredsson was named to the starting lineup for the All-Star game, based on fan voting. He is the first Senator ever to be voted to the starting lineup. Alfredsson will be making his fifth appearance in the All-Star Game.

On January 11, 2008, Alfredsson's 'CASH line' linemates, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza were named to the All-Star Game roster. They are the first complete line named since 1981, when the "Triple Crown" line of the Los Angeles Kings was named. However due to Heatley's shoulder injury suffered against the Detroit Red Wings earlier in January, he did not dress in the game.

On January 24, 2008, in a game against Tampa Bay, Daniel Alfredsson set a new team record for points in a single game, getting seven points on three goals and four assists. This topped the team record of six, done three times, the last time by Alfredsson himself against Buffalo on November 2, 2005. A six-point game had also been done by Dan Quinn and Radek Bonk. The seven point night put Alfredsson into the overall lead in the scoring race for the all-star break. Also, Alfredsson was named the "First Star" for the week on January 28, 2008. He was also named Hockey News "Player of the Week" on that same day.

On January 28, 2008, Ray Emery arrived late for a practice in New York on the first day back after the All-Star Game. Emery was fined $15,000 and the money was donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation. Despite his team's disappointment with his behaviour, it did not stop Emery starting against the Maple Leafs in a nationally-televised game, following Coach Paddock's "lose and you're out" policy of rotating his goaltenders depending on the team winning or losing, and not the goaltender's performance.

Dany Heatley returned from his separated shoulder injury after a month on injured reserve on February 7, 2008, scoring two goals in a win against the Florida Panthers.

On February 8, 2008, The Sports Network (TSN) reported that Wade Redden refused to waive his no-trade clause for a possible deal with the San Jose Sharks. Redden's agent was quoted as saying that "Redden wants to stay in Ottawa and contribute to Ottawa winning the Stanley Cup.

On February 11, 2008, the Senators made a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes sending defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves in exchange for forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore in a trade for "Stanley Cup experience", according to manager Murray. Also that day, the NHL announced that Jason Spezza was named "First Star" for the week, after recording 11 points in the previous week's three games.

On February 27, 2008, after a prolonged slump through January and February during which the Senators won only 7 of 21 games, Murray fired head coach Paddock and assistant coach Ron Low, taking over the coaching duties himself. Both Low and Paddock were offered other jobs within the organization. Murray said he told them to call him in a few weeks.

The Senators trailed Buffalo 3–1 on March 25, 2008, with under eight minutes to play in the third period but scored five unanswered goals to win 6–3. It was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored six-or-more goals in a game despite scoring no more than one goal through the first 52:00.

Entering the final week of play, the Senators needed 3 points in 3 games to guarantee a playoff position ahead of the Washington Capitals who held an edge in a tie-breaker between the teams. In the first game, Montreal would defeat the Senators 3–0. According to the Globe and Mail, before the next game on April 3 in Toronto, Ottawa employed the use of sports psychologist Dr. Max Offenberger. The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 8–2, but lost Alfredsson and Fisher to injuries, adding to Chris Kelly who was already sidelined. The Capitals continued to win, and it came down to the Senators final game, on April 4 at home against Boston, needing one point to clinch a spot. Despite a 2–1 Senators' loss that night the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Florida Panthers and the Senators clinched a playoff berth for the 11th straight season.

Note: Cory Stillman's stats includes his stats with the Carolina Hurricanes before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Ottawa's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.

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Dany Heatley

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Daniel "Dany" James Heatley (born January 21, 1981, in Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany) is a Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. As one of the Senators' leading scorers for several seasons, Heatley has set franchise records for single-season goals and points. Internationally, Heatley has played in five World Championships, one Olympics and one World Cup of Hockey at the senior level, as well as two World Junior Championships for Team Canada. In 2008, he surpassed Marcel Dionne as Canada's all-time leader in goals and Steve Yzerman as the all-time leader in points for the World Championships. He is known for being the driver in a car accident which killed teammate Dan Snyder on September 29, 2003. Heatley survived with a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a bruised lung, bruised kidney, and three torn ligaments in his right knee.

He usually plays left wing with teammates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson. The line, named by fans, is known as the 'CASH' (referring to Captain Alfredsson, Spezza, Heatley) line or 'Pizza' line, referring to a Pizza Pizza 'free slice' promotion on nights the Senators score six or more goals at home.

Heatley was born in Germany to Karin and Murray Heatley, who was then playing in a German hockey league. When Murray retired from hockey, the family settled in Calgary, where Dany was raised. Because he was born in Germany and his mother is German, Dany holds a dual Canadian and German citizenship, but plays for the Canadian national team (IIHF rules mandate that a player may not switch countries once he has already competed for one, however, Heatley is eligible to play for the German national team for the World Cup of Hockey as it is a non-IIHF sanctioned event).

Before entering the NHL, Dany Heatley played at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers second overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft behind goaltender Rick DiPietro. After a second year of college hockey, Heatley played his first NHL year in 2001–02 in which he led all rookies in points (67) and assists (41) and was second in goal-scoring (26) behind teammate Ilya Kovalchuk. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.

In the 2002-03 season, Heatley emerged as an NHL superstar. Finishing ninth in overall league scoring, Heatley tallied 41 goals and 89 points in 77 games, his best statistical season with the Thrashers.

On September 29, 2003, Heatley was seriously injured after he lost control of the Ferrari 360 Modena he was driving. The car struck a wall, splitting the car in half and ejecting him and his passenger, teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley suffered a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a bruised lung, bruised kidney, and tore three ligaments in his right knee; Snyder was critically injured with a skull fracture and died six days later on October 5 of sepsis. Heatley was charged with vehicular homicide; he pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain a lane, and speeding. He admitted to drinking some prior to the incident, but his blood-alcohol content was below the legal limit. He was sentenced to three years probation, and the judge required the court to approve Heatley's vehicle, which could not have more than six cylinders and would not surpass 70mph (112km/h). Heatley avoided having to go to trial as part of a plea deal that dropped the first-degree charge of vehicular homicide.

Because of injuries he suffered from the car accident, Heatley's next season started in January 2004 and he appeared in only 31 games. A disappointing season ended with an early elimination in the race for a playoff spot and 25 points. During the last part of the season, the Thrashers and the Atlanta community, including Snyder's family, were largely supportive of him.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Heatley initially played for the Swiss team SC Bern. He played consistently well, scoring more than a point per game, until being injured in November when he required surgery for a broken orbital bone after being struck in the left eye with a puck. The pupil in his left eye became permanently dilated as a result. He finished the year with the All-Star laden AK Bars Kazan in the Russian Superleague, joining Thrashers teammate and friend Ilya Kovalchuk, among others, but had an unimpressive stint.

Prior to the end of the lockout, Heatley asked to be traded from Atlanta in hopes of leaving reminders of the tragic accident behind. After he declined a one-year offer well below his market value, on August 23, 2005, the Thrashers sent him to the Ottawa Senators for Slovak star Marian Hossa and veteran defenceman Greg de Vries. A restricted free agent at the time of the trade, Heatley immediately signed a 3-year, $13.5 million contract with the Senators. Hossa, popular in Ottawa, was traded by Ottawa GM John Muckler due to his high salary demands.

In his first game for the Senators, against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 5, 2005, Heatley played with Jason Spezza and Brandon Bochenski, but when the Senators were down with five minutes to go, Daniel Alfredsson replaced Bochenski, scored the tying goal and the 'CASH line' was born. As 2005-06 was the first year that the NHL implemented the shootout, Heatley and Alfredsson became the first players to score in an NHL shootout, scoring against Leafs goalie Ed Belfour. Their sticks are now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Later that month, on October 29, Heatley scored 4 consecutive goals in an 8–0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, marking a career-high for goals in a game.

Heatley made a spectacular start with his new team, registering points in the first 22 games of the 2005–06 NHL season, breaking Marian Hossa's previous franchise record of 13 consecutive games. Among players with new teams, this was behind only Wayne Gretzky's 23–game streak upon joining the Los Angeles Kings during the 1988–89 NHL season.

In his first game back in Atlanta as a Senator, he was frequently booed, indicating that Thrashers fans felt snubbed by Heatley's previous trade request. Despite scoring, Heatley and the Senators suffered an 5–3 defeat to his former Thrashers teammates.

Heatley finished the 2005-06 season with 50 goals and 103 points, fourth in the league. Incidentally, Heatley's first 50-goal season also marked the first time any Senators player had achieved that mark, setting a franchise record for goals in a season (previously held by Marian Hossa, who scored 45 goals in 2002-03). Heatley's 103 points also tied Daniel Alfredsson for the team lead, together surpassing Alexei Yashin's franchise record of 94 points in a season (achieved in 1998-99).

Catalyzed by a rejuvenated offense, Ottawa finished the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the second best in the league. With lofty expectations for the playoffs, they were eliminated in the second round by the Buffalo Sabres. Heatley recorded 12 points in 10 games. At the end of the season, Heatley was selected, along with Alfredsson, to the Second All-Star Team.

After a slow start to the 2006-07 season, Heatley recorded 50 goals once more (second in the league to Vincent Lecavalier's 52 goals) and 105 points (fifth in the league). By reaching the 50-goal plateau for the second straight season, he became the first NHL player to do so since Pavel Bure in 1999-00. Heatley's 105 points broke the previous franchise record he shared with Alfredsson. His performance earned him a spot on the First All-Star Team.

Heatley and the Senators followed up another strong regular season going all the way to the Stanley Cup finals but finished short in 5 games against the Anaheim Ducks. The CASH line was dominant, with Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley leading the NHL in playoffs points all tied at 22.

Fresh off the heels of a Stanley Cup finals appearance, Heatley began the 2007–08 season with a new 6-year contract extension with the Senators worth $45 million, signed prior to the season opener against the Maple Leafs. Since arriving in Ottawa from the Marian Hossa trade, Heatley had appeared in 208 consecutive Senators games, until suffering a separated shoulder on January 12, 2008, in a collision with Detroit Red Wings forward Dallas Drake, sidelining him for 11 games. He completed the season with 41 goals and 41 assists for 82 points in 71 games.

In addition to Heatley's injury, Ottawa was plagued with injuries to its superstars all season. Seeding seventh overall in the East, Ottawa met Pittsburgh in the playoffs, coincidentally the same first round match-up of the previous year. However, Heatley and the Senators would not make a second run for the Cup and were swept in four games. Heatley managed just one point.

On October 3, 2008, Heatley was named alternate captain to Daniel Alfredsson, joining defenceman Chris Phillips.

Heatley's next appearance came in 2007, where he played on a line with former SC Bern teammates Daniel Briere and Marian Hossa and got a goal and two assists in a 12–9 loss to the Western Conference.

Heatley was selected for the 2008, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury he suffered in an earlier game against the Detroit Red Wings.

As a junior, Heatley competed in two World Junior Championships. His first, in 2000, ended with a bronze medal win against the U.S. in a shootout; Heatley scored a goal in the 4-3 victory. The next year, in 2001, Heatley scored 3 goals and 5 points as Canada won a second straight bronze.

Heatley made his senior international debut with Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships, after his rookie season with the Atlanta Thrashers. He scored 4 points as Canada was defeated in the quarter-finals by Slovakia. The following year, Heatley led Team Canada in scoring (7 goals and 10 points) at the 2003 World Championships in Finland, en route to his first gold medal.

Having missed the playoffs once more with the Thrashers, Heatley participated in the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic. Heatley dominated with 11 points to lead all tournament scorers, earning his second straight MVP award. Canada captured a second straight gold medal, defeating Sweden 5-3 in the final. Heatley scored his eighth goal of the tournament in the third period, starting a rally from a 3-1 deficit. Several months later, Heatley competed in the 2004 World Cup and contributed 2 assists as Canada defeated Finland in the final to capture the second ever World Cup championship.

At the 2005 World Championships in Austria, his fourth straight World Championships, Heatley did not achieve the same success, with 7 points in 9 games, as Canada was shutout by the Czech Republic in the gold medal game.

On December 21, 2005, Heatley was chosen by Team Canada to participate in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin – his first Olympic games. Heatley managed 3 points in 6 games as Canada, defending its 2002 gold medal, was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Russia.

As Heatley returned to the World Championships after a three year absence in 2008 – he was added to the roster with teammate Jason Spezza after the Ottawa Senators were eliminated from the playoffs – he became Team Canada's all-time goal-scorer and then all-time point leader for the World Championships, passing Marcel Dionne and Steve Yzerman, accordingly. Heatley finished the tournament with a staggering 12 goals and 8 assists in 9 games, however, Canada was defeated by Russia in overtime of the gold medal game. Heatley was given MVP, Best Forward, and All-Star Team honours.

Heatley was selected as the cover player for the 2004 installment of the EA Sports NHL video game franchise in 2003. However, due to the fallout from Heatley's accident shortly afterwards, EA switched the cover photo to Joe Sakic, although many copies of the game were shipped with his photo on them.

He has recently received a sponsorship deal from Easton Hockey. He now plays with their all new equipment which include: S17 Hockey stick, S17 Skates and new Easton S17 Stealth helmet.

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Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 20,500 capacity Scotiabank Place (originally named the 'Palladium', and later the 'Corel Centre').

Founded and established by Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone, the team is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators nickname. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history, winning 11 Stanley Cups and playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. On December 6, 1990, after a two year public campaign by Firestone to return the NHL to Ottawa, the NHL awarded a new franchise, which began play in the 1992–93 season. The team has had two changes of ownership, from Firestone to Rod Bryden in 1993 due to the arena development process and its financing, and subsequently to Eugene Melnyk after the team filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

On the ice, the club finished last in the league for its first four seasons. Today, the club is among the most successful teams in the league in the standings, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the past 11 seasons, and in attendance. The club won the Presidents' Trophy in 2003, and the Prince of Wales Trophy in 2007. The team has several all-star players and one of the league's top lines, the 'CASH' or 'Pizza' line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley.

Ottawa had been home to the original Senators, a founding NHL franchise and eleven-time Stanley Cup champions. After the NHL expanded to the United States in the late 1920s, the original Senators were not able to make enough money in Ottawa to offset the increased costs. The club started selling players for cash to survive, but eventually the losses forced the franchise to move to St. Louis in 1934. Fifty-four years later, after the NHL announced it's plans to expand by two teams, Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone decided along with colleagues Cyril Leeder and Randy Sexton that Ottawa was now ready for another franchise, and the group proceeded to put a bid together. His firm, Terrace Investments, did not have the liquid assets to finance the expansion fee and the team, but the group conceived a strategy to leverage a land development. In 1989, after finding a suitable site on farmland just west of Ottawa in Kanata on which to construct a new arena, Terrace announced its' intention to win a franchise and launched a successful "Bring Back the Senators" campaign to both woo the public and persuade the NHL that the city could support an NHL franchise. Public support was high and the group would secure over 11,000 season ticket pledges. On December 12, 1990, the NHL granted franchises to Firestone's group as well as a group in Tampa, Florida, to start play in 1992. Firestone's group, and hockey fans in the Ottawa area, were ecstatic.

The new team hired former NHL player Mel Bridgman, who had no previous NHL management experience, as it's first General Manager in 1992. The team was initially interested in hiring former Jack Adams Award winner Brian Sutter as it's first head coach, but Sutter came with a high price tag and was reluctant to be a part of an expansion team. When Sutter was eventually signed to coach the Boston Bruins, Ottawa signed Rick Bowness, the man Sutter replaced in Boston. The new Senators played their first game on 1992-10-08, in the Ottawa Civic Centre against the Montreal Canadiens with lots of pre-game spectacle. The Senators would defeat the Canadiens 5–3 in one of the few highlights that season. Montreal would eventually finish the season with a Stanley Cup victory. Following the initial excitement of the opening night victory, the club floundered badly and would eventually tie with the San Jose Sharks for the worst record in the league, winning only 10 games with 70 losses and 4 ties for 24 points, three points better than the NHL record for futility. The Senators had aimed low and considered the 1992-93 season a small success, as Firestone had set a goal for the season of not setting a new NHL record for fewest points in a season. The long term plan was to finish low in the standings for its' first few years in order to secure high draft picks and eventually contend for the Stanley Cup.

Original General Manager Mel Bridgman was fired after one season and team president Randy Sexton took over GM duties. Firestone himself soon left the team and Rod Bryden emerged as the new owner. The strategy of aiming low and securing a high draft position did not change. The Senators finished last overall for the next three seasons. Although 1993 first overall draft choice Alexandre Daigle wound up being one of the greatest draft busts in NHL history, they chose Radek Bonk in 1994, Bryan Berard (traded for Wade Redden) in 1995, Chris Phillips in 1996, and Marian Hossa in 1997, all of whom would become solid NHL players and formed a strong core of players in years to come. Alexei Yashin, the team's first ever draft selection from 1992, emerged as one of the NHL's brightest young stars. The team traded many of their better veteran players of the era, including 1992–93 leading scorer Norm Maciver, Mike Peluso, and Bob Kudelski, in an effort to stockpile prospects and draft picks.

As the 1995-96 season began, star centre Alexei Yashin refused to honor his contract and did not play. In December, after three straight last-place finishes and a team which was ridiculed throughout the league, fans began to grow restless waiting for the team's long term plan to yield results, and arena attendance began to decline. Rick Bowness was fired in late 1995 and was replaced by Prince Edward Island Senators head coach Dave Allison. Allison would fare no better than his predecessor, and the team would stumble to a 2–22–3 record under him. Sexton himself was fired and replaced by Pierre Gauthier, the former assistant GM of Anaheim. Before the end of January 1996, Gauthier had resolved the team's most pressing issues by settling star player Alexei Yashin's contract dispute, and hiring the highly regarded Jacques Martin as head coach. While Ottawa finished last overall once again, the 1995–96 season ended with renewed optimism, due in part to the upgraded management and coaching, and also to the emergence of an unheralded rookie from Sweden named Daniel Alfredsson, who would win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1996.

Martin would impose a "strong defense first" philosophy that led to the team qualifying for the playoffs every season that he coached, but he was criticized for the team's lack of success in the playoffs, notably losing four straight series against the provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Martin outlasted several general managers and a change in ownership.

In 1996–97, his first season, the club qualified for the playoffs in the last game of the season, and nearly defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the first round. In 1997–98, the club finished with their first winning record and upset the heavily favoured New Jersey Devils to win their first playoff series. In 1998–99, the Senators jumped from 14th overall in the previous season to 3rd, with 103 points--the first 100-point season in club history, only to be swept in the first round. In 1999–2000 despite the holdout of team captain Alexei Yashin, Martin guided the team to the playoffs, only to lose to the Maple Leafs in the first Battle of Ontario series. Yashin returned for 2000–01 and the team improved to win their division and place second in the Eastern Conference. Yashin played poorly in another playoff loss to the Maple Leafs and on the day of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt, and the second overall selection in the draft, which Ottawa promptly used to select centre Jason Spezza.

Without Yashin, the 2001–02 Senators regular season points total dropped, but in the playoffs, they upset the Philadelphia Flyers for the franchise's second playoff series win. This led to a second round series with Toronto, and the third straight loss to the Maple Leafs. Despite speculation that Martin would be fired, it was GM Marshall Johnston who left, retiring from the team, replaced by John Muckler, the Senators' first with previous GM experience.

In 2002–03 off-ice problems dominated the headlines, as the Senators filed for bankruptcy in mid-season, but continued play after getting emergency financing. Despite the off-ice problems, Ottawa had an outstanding season, placing first overall in the NHL to win the President's Trophy. In the playoffs they came within one game of making it into the finals. Prior to the 2003–04 season, pharmaceutical billionaire Eugene Melnyk would purchase the club to bring financial stability. Martin would guide the team to another good regular season but in the first round the Leafs would again defeat the Senators, leading to Martin's dismissal as management felt that a new coach was required for playoff success.

After the playoff loss, owner Melnyk promised that changes were coming and they came quickly. In June 2004, Anaheim Ducks GM Bryan Murray of nearby Shawville, became head coach. That summer, the team also made substantial personnel changes, trading long-time players Patrick Lalime and Radek Bonk, and signing free agent goaltender Dominik Hasek. The team would not be able to show its new lineup for a year, as the 2004–05 NHL lockout intervened and most players playing in Europe or in the minors. In a final change, just before the 2005–06 season, the team traded long-time player Marian Hossa for Dany Heatley.

The media predicted the Senators to be Stanley Cup contenders in 2005–06, as they had a strong core of players returning, played in an up-tempo style fitting the new rule changes and Hasek was expected to provide top-notch goaltending. The team rushed out of the gate, winning 19 of the first 22 games, in the end winning 52 games and 113 points, placing first in the conference, and second overall. The newly-formed 'CASH' line of Alfredsson, Spezza and newly-acquired Dany Heatley established itself as one of the league's top offensive lines. Hasek played well until he was injured during the 2006 Winter Olympics, forcing the team to enter the playoffs with rookie netminder Ray Emery as their starter. Without Hasek, the club bowed out in a second round loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

In 2006–07, the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Finals after qualifying for the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons. The Senators had a high turn-over of personnel and the disappointment of 2006 to overcome and started the season poorly. Trade rumours swirled around Daniel Alfredsson for most of the last months of 2006. The team lifted itself out of last place in the division to nearly catch the Buffalo Sabres by season's end, placing fourth in the Eastern Conference. The team finished with 105 points, their fourth straight 100 point season and sixth in the last eight. In the playoffs, Ottawa continued its good play. Led by the 'CASH' line, goaltender Ray Emery, and the strong defense of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, the club defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, the second-ranked New Jersey Devils, and the top-ranked Buffalo Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 2006–07 Senators thus became the first Ottawa team to be in the Stanley Cup final since 1927 and the city was swept up in the excitement. Businesses along all of the main streets posted large hand-drawn 'Go Sens Go' signs, residents put up large displays in front of the their homes or decorated their cars. A large Ottawa Senators flag was draped on the City Hall, along with a large video screen showing the games. A six-story likeness of Daniel Alfredsson was hung on the Corel building. Rallies were held outside of City Hall, car rallies of decorated cars paraded through town and a section of downtown, dubbed the 'Sens Mile', was closed off to traffic during and after games for fans to congregate.

In the final, the Senators now faced the Anaheim Ducks, considered the favourite since the start of the season, a team the Senators had last played in 2006, and a team known for its strong defense. The Ducks won the first two games in Anaheim 3-2 and 1–0. Returning home, the Senators won game three 5–3, but lost game four 3–2. The Ducks won game five 6–2 in Anaheim to clinch the series. The Ducks had played outstanding defense, shutting down the 'CASH' line, forcing Murray to split up the line. The Ducks scored timely goals and Ducks' goaltender Giguere out-played Emery.

The Senators made major changes in their hockey staff during the off-season. On June 17, 2007, general manager John Muckler was fired; he had been in the last year of his contract. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to GM. On July 5, 2007, he hired his nephew Tim Murray as assistant GM, followed by the promotion of assistant coach John Paddock to head coach on July 6, 2007. On August 15, goaltending coach Ron Low was named as assistant coach and Eli Wilson was named goaltending coach. Assistant coach Greg Carvel retained his duties.

On November 5, 2007, the Ottawa Senators set a franchise record eighth straight win with their victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. On November 6, six Senators were named to the All-Star Game ballot: Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Emery, Dany Heatley, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden and Jason Spezza, the most from any one team in the NHL. The CASH line was named to the All-Star roster in its entirety: Alfredsson to the starting lineup and Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza as reserves. On January 24, 2008, Alfredsson recorded a franchise record 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) against the Tampa Bay Lightning, taking over the NHL scoring lead momentarily.

After the hot start, a prolonged slump through January and February occurred during which the Senators won only 7 of 21 games, and Murray fired head coach Paddock and assistant coach Ron Low on February 27, 2008, taking over the coaching duties himself. After the coaching switch, team performance improved, but did not match the performance of the beginning of the season. A playoff spot was in doubt until the Senators' last game of the season, a loss to Boston, but the team qualified due to Carolina losing. After all other games were played, the team ended up as the 7th seed and faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round, a repeat of the 2006-2007 Eastern Conference quarter final. The Senators lost the series 4–0, the third time they were swept in a first-round series. The result, after going to the finals the previous season, led to speculation by the media that the team would make a large change in personnel before next season, including the buying out of Ray Emery and the Senators not re-signing their free agents.

After a disappointing 2007–08 season, the Senators management promised change and the off-season was filled with changes, in management and on-ice personnel. On June 13, 2008, the Senators named Craig Hartsburg, who was 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. The Senators named Curtis Hunt from the Regina Pats as assistant coach.

On the player side, the first change was the buy-out of goaltender Ray Emery following a difficult season. Long-time Senator Wade Redden was not re-signed, and 2007–08 trade pickups Mike Commodore Cory Stillman and Martin Lapointe were not re-signed. Brian McGrattan and Andrej Meszaros were traded, Meszaros after a contract dispute. From the free agent market the Senators signed goaltender Alex Auld, defenseman Jason Smith and Jarkko Ruutu. For Meszaros, defensemen Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and a 2009 first round pick (originally from San Jose) were received from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

To start the 2008–09 season, the Senators played their first-ever games in Europe, starting in Gothenburg, Sweden, playing Daniel Alfredsson's former, and home-town, team Frolunda HC. The Senators then started the regular season with two games in Stockholm, Sweden against the Pittsburgh Penguins, splitting the results in a 4-3 overtime loss and a 3–1 win.

The Senators struggled throughout the first half of the season having the lowest number of goals scored in the League. Following a 17-24-7 start, the Senators fired Hartsburg on February 1 following a 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals. . He was replaced by Cory Clouston, the head coach of their farm team in Binghamton, NY.

The team colours are red, black and white, with added trim of gold. The team's away jersey is mostly white with red and black trim, while the home jersey is red, with white and black trim. The club logo is officially the head of a Roman general, a member of the Senate of the Roman Empire, projecting from a gold circle. The original, unveiled on May 23, 1991, described the general as a "centurion figure, strong and prominent" according to its designer, Tony Milchard.

The current jersey design was unveiled on 2007-08-22, in conjunction with the league-wide adoption of the Rbk EDGE jerseys by Reebok for the 2007–08 season. The jersey incorporates the original Senators' 'O' logo as a shoulder patch. At the same time, the team updated its logos, and switched their usage. The primary logo, which according to team owner Eugene Melnyk, "represents strength and determination" is an update of the old secondary logo. The old primary logo has become the team's secondary logo and only appears on Senators' merchandise.

On November 22, 2008, the Senators unveiled a new 'third jersey' in a game versus the New York Rangers. Marketed with the slogan 'Back in Black' in reference to the black "away" jerseys the team wore during its first several seasons, the jersey is primarily black, while the team's other traditional colors of white and red are also integrated.. The Senators' primary "centurion figure" logo moves to the shoulders.. The front features the word 'SENS' in white with red and gold trim, as a new primary logo.

On television, home and away games are broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet within the Ottawa River valley and Eastern Ontario. Rogers Sportsnet also broadcasts Senators games in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador as part of its 'Sportsnet East' network. CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and TSN broadcast the Senators nationally in Canada.

Starting in the 2006–07 seasons, several games were only available in video on pay-per-view or at local movie theatres in the Ottawa area. The "Sens TV" service was suspended as of September 24, 2008, but it may return for 2009–10.

On radio, all home and away games are broadcast on a network of local stations in eastern Ontario. The 'flagship' radio station is the Ottawa station Team 1200, which produces the broadcasts and provides the play-by-play announcers. The Team 1200 audio is available over the Internet, and games are simulcast from the NHL main web site. Dean Brown is widely regarded as "the voice of the Ottawa Senators", and he provides play-by-play for most Senators' games broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet, Hockey Night In Canada, and the Team 1200.

On April 18, 2008, the club announced its final attendance figures for 2007–08. The club had 40 sell-outs out of 41 home dates, a total attendance of 812,665 during the regular season, placing the club 3rd in attendance in the NHL. The number of sell-outs and the total attendance were both club records. The previous attendance records were set during the 2005–06 with a season total of 798,453 and 33 sell-outs. In 2006–07 regular season attendance was 794,271, with 31 sell-outs out of 41 home dates or an average attendance of 19,372. In the 2007 playoffs, the Senators played 9 games with 8 sell-outs and an attendance of 181,272 for an average of 20,141, the highest in team history.

On October 29, 2008, a Forbes Magazine report valued the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club at $207 million, (13th highest in NHL) with an operating income of $4.7 million on revenues of $96 million in 2006-07. Revenues were the team's highest in its history, while operating income was down from 2006–07 when the Senators had more playoff games. The gate receipts for the 2006-07 season were $50 million. Forbes estimates that the organization has a debt/value ratio of 63%, including arena debt. Eugene Melnyk bought the team for $92 million in 2003.

At many home games the fans are entertained both outside and inside Scotiabank Place with a myriad of talent - live music, rock bands, giveaways and promotions. The live music includes the traditional Scottish music of the 'Sons of Scotland Pipe Band' of Ottawa along with highland dancers. Before and during games, entertainment is provided by Spartacat, the official mascot of the Senators, an anthropomorphic lion. He made his debut on the Senators' opening night: October 8, 1992. Anthems are usually sung by O.P.P. officer Lyndon Slewidge.

The fans of the Senators are known as the Sens Army. Like most hockey fanatics, they are known to dress up for games; most in some sort of Roman legionary clothing. For the 2006-2007 playoff run, more fans then ever before would wear red, and fan activities included 'Red Rallies' of decorated cars, fan rallies at Ottawa City Hall Plaza and the 'Sens Mile' along Elgin Street where fans would congregate.

Much like the Red Mile in Calgary during the Flames' 2004 cup run and the Blue Mile in Edmonton during the Oilers' 2006 cup run, Ottawa Senators fans took to the streets to celebrate their team's success during the 2006-07 playoffs. The idea to have a 'Sens Mile' on the downtown Elgin Street, a street with numerous restaurants and pubs, began as a grassroots campaign on Facebook by Ottawa residents before Game 4 of the Ottawa-Buffalo Eastern Conference Final series. After the Game 5 win, Ottawa residents closed the street to traffic for a spontaneous celebration. The City of Ottawa then closed Elgin Street for each game of the Final.

As of the end of the 2007–08 season.

Records as of end of the 2007-08 NHL season.

Updated March 17, 2009.

Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season. Totals contain only games played for Ottawa.

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Zdeno Chára

Zdeno Chára (left), former head coach Dave Lewis (center) and Phil Kessel (right) on Columbus Day with the crew of the USS Doyle.

Zdeno Chára (pronounced /'zdeno 'xaːra/, born March 18, 1977 in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia) is a Slovakian professional ice hockey defenceman and team captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). At 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he is the tallest player ever to play in the NHL.

Chára was drafted 56th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After four seasons with the Islanders, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Chára was part of a package deal with Bill Muckalt and the second overall pick in that year's draft (Jason Spezza) that sent Alexei Yashin to New York.

As a Senator for four years, Chára emerged as an elite defenceman in the league and more than doubled his previous offensive totals in his first season with Ottawa. In his second season with the team, 2002–03, Chára made his first All-Star Game appearance and recorded the second hardest shot behind Al MacInnis in the skills competition.

The next season, in addition to posting 16 goals and 41 points, Chára recorded the league's third highest plus/minus, behind Martin St. Louis and Marek Malík, culminating into his first Norris Trophy nomination. Although he would lose to Scott Niedermayer as the league's best defenceman, he would join Niedermayer on the NHL First All-Star Team.

After the 2004–05 NHL lockout, in which Chára played in the Swedish Elite League for Färjestad, he matched his previous NHL season's 16-goal total and increased to 43 points, good enough for NHL Second All-Star Team honours. As Chára would not come to terms to a new contract with Ottawa, he became an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2005–06.

Subsequently, on July 1, 2006, he signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Boston Bruins and was named the team's captain, a role left vacant since Joe Thornton's departure during the 2005–06 season. He became only the third Slovakian-born NHL player to become a team captain, after Peter Šťastný of the Quebec Nordiques and Stan Mikita (co-captain) of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was named to the 2007 All-Star Game, his second appearance, in Dallas and scored two goals in an 12–9 Eastern Conference loss. Chára also won the hardest shot segment of the preceding skills competition, clocking a shot at 100.4 mph.

In 2008, he was voted in as a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and repeated as the winner of the hardest shot competition, recording an even-faster 103.1 mph (166 km/h) on the radar gun. On March 8, 2008, during a game against the Washington Capitals, Chára suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. However, after missing five games, he played the remainder of the season including the playoffs. Upon a first round elimination at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, he underwent a shoulder operation on April 29. At the end of the season, Chára received his second nomination for the Norris Trophy after tallying a career-high 17 goals, 34 assists and 51 points, marking the fifth straight season he had either matched or increased his previous season's points total.

In 2008–09, Chára was named to his fourth All-Star Game. As back-to-back champion of the hardest shot competition, Chára initiated a charity drive among the participants ($1,000 per player) to go to the charity of choice of the competition's winner. Having raised $24,000 from the six competitors and their respective teams, the NHL and the NHLPA, Chára set a new Skills Competition record, with a 105.4 mph (169.7 km/h) slapshot. He donated the winnings to Right to Play. The shot passed Al Iafrate's previous record-making 105.2 mph (169.3 km/h) slapper from just over a decade earlier.

Zdeno Chára married his long-time girlfriend Tatiana Biskupicova on July 14, 2007, in a Catholic church in Nemšová, Slovakia. His father, Zdenek, was a Greco-Roman wrestler who competed for Czechoslovakia in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Chára is an Athletic Ambassador for Right to Play. In July, 2008, he spent two weeks in Africa, going to Mozambique in support of the charity, and then climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Chára is also fluent in five languages: Slovak, Czech, Russian, German and English.

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