Peter Raaymakers

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Reasons for Optimism: The Rookies

The struggles of this decade's Ottawa Senators and the consequent Senate Reform have accomplished one thing, at least: It's allowed management to re-stock the prospect cupboard.

Let's sign this Anton Stralman guy

Anton Stralman is in the midst of a career-defining playoff run with the New York Rangers, but he's also an impending unrestricted free agent who seems underrated by many. The Senators should...

Sens squeak past Canes with shootout win


Ottawa's March to the Playoffs 2014™ continued with a hard-fought shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Deranged effort leads to 8-4 Sens loss

Disastrous goaltending doomed the Senators, and they fell 8-4 to the New York Rangers

Five Thoughts for Friday

In today's Five Thoughts for Friday, I discuss how everything it the worst.

Senators Ups and Downs: Week 15

Ups and downs is a feature that looks at the individual performances of the Ottawa Senators during the past week.

Sens hang on for 3-1 win over Caps

It was a hard-fought win, but Ottawa managed to contain the Capitals' offence and come away with a very big win in an important divisional matchup.

Solid effort earns Sens a 5-0 win over Pens

The Ottawa Senators put forward a strong 60-minute effort and managed to take an unexpected two points away from the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.

It's time to scratch Paul MacLean

Although he's proven himself to be a great coach, Paul MacLean is struggling right now. He's making coaching mistakes, and they're costing the team. He needs to get back to basics and re-focus on...

Book review: Stan Fischler's "Behind the Net"


Hockey writing legend Stan Fischler's newest book, "Behind the Net: 101 Incredible Hockey Stories", has its moments, but doesn't offer much novelty.

Does Jared Cowen have the right attitude?

An extended contract dispute combined with some choice comments of late have raised some red flags, at least in my mind, about hulking Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen.

Silver Nuggets: Looking at Martin Erat

You know things are getting desperate when the fanbase is even remotely interested in bringing on board a winger who's made two trade demands in less than a calendar year...


Game 23 Open Thread: Sens @ Wings

A heck of an opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to make up some points on a divisional opponent

Sens lose 5-2 to Flyers after late-game collapse


Ottawa's struggle for consistency continued against Philadelphia as they fell 5-2 to the Flyers.

Silver Nuggets: Down on the farm


It's been a while since I looked at how the Binghamton Senators were faring, so I figured I'd check it out.

Silver Nuggets: Phillips' future


Chris Phillips is the longest-serving Ottawa Senator. His deal's up at the end of this season. What's in store for the Big Rig?

Lehner unchained, Sens win 4-1


Robin Lehner unleashed his inner Robin Lehner tonight, and was dominant.

Silver Nuggets: Opting out of a rebuild

Sometimes veteran players aren't interested in being a part of their team's rebuild, and that's fair. But examples in recent history demonstrate that there's a right way of opting out and a very,...

How to improve Ottawa's penalty kill

The Ottawa Senators have been short-handed 16 times this season, and they've allowed four goals in that time--an unacceptably poor penalty-killing percentage. Why is it so bad, and how can it get...

Five Thoughts for Friday

The Ottawa Senators will begin their season tonight, but there's still been plenty of news in Senators land. Here are a few things that have caught my eye.

Zibanejad, O'Brien sent to Binghamton

Surprise gave way to moderate outrage when it was released that the Senators had sent Mika Zibanejad (among many others) to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.

Will the Senators defence struggle?

From top to bottom, here are question marks beside each player expected to play on the Ottawa Senators blue line in 2013-14--some more serious than others. So how will the whole thing come together?

Sens beat Jets 3-1 in first pre-season game

It wasn't pretty, but the first one is out of the way.

Silver Nuggets: Eugene Melnyk and the city

Relations between the Ottawa Senators and the City of Ottawa are probably at their lowest point in the history of the organization.

Maidens sent home with post-concussion symptoms

Ottawa Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens' post-concussion symptoms have returned, so sadly the 2012 third-round selection has been sent home.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 6: Patrick Wiercioch

Patrick Wiercioch is an NHL player now. It remains to be seen what kind of NHLer he is.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 10: Curtis Lazar

The only 2013 draft pick to make our list is first-rounder Curtis Lazar, and his debut has him pretty high up--the organization is optimistic about Lazar's future, and so are the authors here at...

Top 25 Under 25, no. 12: Mark Stone

Although Mark Stone dropped in our rankings after his first pro season, he's still got plenty of time to make his case--and this season, he'll get a good chance.

Sens offer Cowen eight years and $28M

The Senators have apparently made Jared Cowen an offer for an eight-year, $28M contract.

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