Senators and Ceci land on two-year, $5.6-million bridge deal

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Cody Ceci (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

If Cody Ceci was hoping to land a long-term contract extension the likes of which blueliners such as Danny DeKeyser, Seth Jones, Morgan Rielly or Connor Murphy signed this past off-season, the Ottawa Senators rearguard is going to have to prove his worth over the next two campaigns.

Ceci, 22, finally came to terms on a new contract with the Senators on Tuesday, and the Ottawa native inked a two-year bridge deal that will pay him $2.8 million per season — $2.25 million in the first season and a raise to $3.35 million in 2017-18.

Roughly a week and a half before the deal was signed, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported that the Senators and Ceci were considering both two-year and six-year pacts to keep the restricted free agent in town. The signing of the short-term deal over the long-term contract shows there’s still work to be done for Ceci to convince the Senators that he’s worth the long-term commitment. Read more

Daniel Alfredsson ‘extremely humbled’ to have No. 11 retired by Senators

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Daniel Alfredsson (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Daniel Alfredsson is the Ottawa Senators’ all-time leader in goals, assists, points and inarguably the most recognizable player to ever suit up for the organization. Now, as the Senators celebrate their 25th anniversary, Ottawa will honor Alfredsson by making him the first Senator to have his number retired by the franchise.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the Senators announced Alfredsson’s No. 11 jersey will be raised to the rafters of the Canadian Tire Centre ahead of Ottawa’s Dec. 29 game against the Detroit Red Wings, the only other franchise Alfredsson suited up for during his 18-year career.

“I’m extremely humbled,” Alfredsson said. “It sounds really good when Mr. Melnyk and Mr. Murray talk so nicely about what I’ve achieved, all the goals and points. I played for a long time — you’ve got to get old to be able to do that — but nothing would have been possible without the teammates, the coaches, the staff, family and parents from an early stage. That’s what comes to mind when I was told I was going to get this honor.” Read more

Senators’ GM Dorion says MacArthur ready to return, was ‘missed the most’ of any player

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Clarke MacArthur (Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators’ Clarke MacArthur is arguably one of the most underrated wingers in the league, but a pair of early season concussions didn’t give him a chance to showcase why during the 2015-16 season.

MacArthur’s first concussion this past year came during the pre-season. The 31-year-old attempted to play through the injury, but staying in the lineup didn’t come without a cost. He opened the season with three mediocre outings and in the fourth game of the season against the Blue Jackets, MacArthur took a bump from Columbus’ Brandon Saad and fell to the ice. The result was another concussion, and one so severe that it cost MacArthur the rest of his season. He even felt it may have cost him his career.

“At one point in late November, early December, I was thinking I was done, maybe this is it,” MacArthur told the Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren in March. “I had to get out of there. Every day you’re coming to the rink and you want to go on the ice. It’s like going to Disneyland. Everyone else goes on the rides and you’re outside the doors, watching.”

But MacArthur won’t have to watch any longer come the new campaign, as GM Pierre Dorion said the 31-year-old left winger is healthy and ready to go. Read more

Senators expect to reach deal with Ceci ‘in the next few weeks’

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Cody Ceci (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Senators defenseman Cody Ceci took a sizeable step forward during the 2015-16 campaign and Ottawa is hoping that continues to be the case. But first thing’s first: the Senators and Ceci need to find some common ground and agree to a deal that gets the restricted free agent locked up for the coming campaign.

With less than a month until training camp starts, and exactly two months until the Senators open their season against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ceci has yet to ink a new contract. But GM Pierre Dorion doesn’t seem concerned about the contract situation with the 22-year-old blueliner. In fact, he sounds quite confident a deal will get done.

“J.P (Barry) and I exchanged emails (Thursday) and they were really positive emails,” Dorion said, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch. “We’re still looking at different angles and what we can do for a contract but I have a lot of faith.” Read more

Arbitration clearly works, so why not make it available to more players?

Mike Hoffman  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

It should really come as no surprise that of the 25 players who were slated to go to salary arbitration this summer, none has actually sat in front of the arbitrator and 22 of them have resulted in contract resolutions. That’s pretty much the standard these days.

And it should also come as no surprise if the remaining three are resolved well in advance of their hearings. Well, except Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche, largely because we have no idea what Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy are thinking these days. He actually might end up going. He’s slated for Thursday. (Martin Marincin of the Toronto Maple Leafs is scheduled for Aug. 2 and Michael Stone of the Arizona Coyotes is on the docket for Aug. 4.)

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Five NHL jerseys players should have refused to wear

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On Saturday, Chicago White Sox all-star pitcher Chris Sale was scratched from his start and sent home because he refused to wear the team’s throwback uniform. It went beyond that, of course. Sale reportedly went into the clubhouse and cut up his own jersey, along with those of his teammates.

Sale’s gripe? The collar on the jersey was uncomfortable and he was adamant that he would not wear it. Sale was eventually suspended for five games by the team.

It was a bizarre story, but one that could plausibly play out in any team sport. In the NBA, for instance, many players complained when the new sleeved jerseys were introduced.

In hockey, the basic design of the jersey has been largely the same for the past 100 years. There isn’t much that can be done that could throw a player into a fit of uncomfortable rage. The aesthetics of hockey jerseys on the other hand, they have at times been a cause for concern.

Here are five NHL jerseys players should have refused to wear.

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