Erik Condra goes down hard after Jamie McBain slash to the groin

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Jamie McBain slashed Erik Condra in a tender spot. (via YouTube)

Be warned: this is going to hurt to watch.

During Thursday evening’s game between the Kings and Senators, Los Angeles blueliner Jamie McBain was exiting the Ottawa zone with Erik Condra coming towards him. Condra, with no stick, was simply making room for Ottawa to exit the zone when he caught a slash to what color commentator Jamie McLennan called the, “center of gravity area.”

Suffice to say Condra went down in a heap after receiving the chop to the groin. Read more

THN Trade Deadline Preview: Atlantic Division

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If there’s going to be trade action in any division, the Atlantic is the one to watch. With Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit fighting for top spot, Boston and Florida trading punches in the Wild Card and Toronto set for a full rebuild, there’s potential for the entire division to be shaken up on March 2. Even if the star players, such as Maple Leafs Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, aren’t moved at the deadline, there are going to be changes coming to the Atlantic as the teams either push for a shot in the wide open Eastern Conference or shuffle the deck and build for the future. Read more

Jared Cowen given three-game ban for late hit on Jussi Jokinen

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Jared Cowen (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has earned a three-game holiday thanks to his high, late hit on Florida Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen.

Cowen was given a minor penalty for interference for the hit, which occurred in the Senators’ Saturday contest with the Panthers, but supplemental discipline was not levied until Monday morning following Cowen’s phone hearing with the league. You can watch the hit below: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks, Flyers, Senators and Hurricanes trade buzz

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The Chicago Blackhawks remain among this season’s Stanley Cup contenders, but they face some difficult decisions regarding their salary-cap space for 2015-16. With nearly $65 million invested in 14 players and uncertainty over the projected cap ceiling, the Blackhawks face shedding salary in order to reach the 23-man roster limit.

Defensive depth has also become an issue this season for the Blackhawks. Though they possess the league’s best penalty kill, they’re 15th in shots-against per game. Sloppy defensive play has proven costly in several games, prompting speculation the Hawks could shop for a blueliner. Read more

Senators, Methot agree to four-year, $19.6 million deal

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Marc Methot

Heading into the trade deadline, many believed that the clock was running out on Marc Methot’s time as an Ottawa Senator. Early Monday morning, however, the two sides struck a deal.

Methot and the Senators came to terms on a four-year pact worth a reported $4.9 million per season and a total of $19.6 million over the contract’s duration. The deal comes just weeks before the NHL’s trade deadline and locks the 29-year-old blueliner up to a decent term at a good price. Read more

Retooling Senators are miles ahead of rebuilding Oilers

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Ottawa Senators

What would you rather have: three players with 30-goal potential, or seven players with 20-goal potential?

Do the math and it sounds easy – you’d probably rather have 140 goals over 90 goals, right?

But put some names in the conversation like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on one side, and Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris on the other side, and it’s easy to lose sight of the numbers.

The Edmonton Oilers rebuild has been critiqued from many angles, but those critiques usually involve the same handful of teams. They’re doing what Chicago and Pittsburgh did by getting bad and drafting high, yet they can’t seem to improve. They’re not patching holes like the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have tried to rebuild on the fly for about as long as the Oilers have been trying to rebuild from the ground up.

But Edmonton might have more to learn from smaller-market Canadian teams like Ottawa and Winnipeg, who have more of the same organizational challenges.
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Rumor Roundup: Senators’ trade options include Neil, Methot

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The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports Senators’ players don’t like to admit their club could be sellers. With 12 points between the Senators and a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday‘s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there’s little chance they can gain ground in the standings.

Garrioch anticipates the Senators will make some moves, though it remains to be seen how many. He notes there’s interest in gritty winger Chris Neil but wonders how badly GM Bryan Murray wants to move him. Struggling center David Legwand could be available but he has another season at $3 million remaining on his contract. If impending UFA defenseman Marc Methot isn’t re-signed before the deadline, Garrioch expects he could be dealt for a second-round pick. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Bruins, Rangers, and Senators buzz

Chris Stewart

The Boston Bruins are still in the market for a first-line right wing. Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports the Bruins tried twice to acquire Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart and they could still make another pitch before the trade deadline.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos believes the Bruins are the closest to acquiring the 27-year-old Stewart, but what the Sabres want in return remains a sticking point. Kypreos claims Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner could be in play, but Sabres GM Tim Murray wants another piece in the deal. Read more