Ottawa Senators Player News: All Positions

News: The Lightning traded Callahan (back) and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Senators in exchange for Mike Condon and a 2020 sixth-round pick Tuesday.
Impact: This is nothing more than a salary dump for Tampa Bay. Callahan's playing career has almost certainly come to an end due to a degenerative disc disease of his lumbar spine, so the Senators will simply place him on long-term injured reserve once the regular season gets underway. The veteran forward still has one year remaining on his contract, so he likely won't officially announce his retirement until it expires.
News: The Blackhawks traded Anisimov to the Senators in exchange for Zack Smith on Tuesday.
Impact: Both players involved in this deal are signed through 2020-21, but Anisimov carries a cap hit of $4.55 million on an annual basis, whereas Smith's cap hit is somewhat more reasonable at $3.25 million, so this appears to be a financially motivated move for Chicago, particularly when considering Anisimov has been significantly more productive than Smith over the past two seasons. The Russian pivot will likely slot into a middle-six role for the Senators in 2019-20, and should be able to put up 15-plus goals and at least 30 points for a fifth consecutive season.
News: Thomson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa on Monday.
Impact: Thomson impressed last season, as he racked up 41 points in 63 games with WHL Kelowna. Instead of continuing to play juniors, the 18-year-old will return to his native Finland to play for the Ilves senior team next year after having come up through the youth program. If he can hold his own in Finland's elite league, the blueliner might be a candidate to link up with the Senators following the end of Ilves' 2019-20 campaign.
News: Carcone penned a two-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Monday.
Impact: Carcone racked up 14 goals and 13 assists in 42 regular-season contests for AHL Toronto last season, adding another 10 points in 13 playoff games. Included in the Nikita Zaitsev trade, the 22-year-old Carcone could break into the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Maple Leafs on Oct. 2 with a strong showing at training camp.
News: Woods signed a two-year, AHL-only contract with the Bruins on Monday.
Impact: Originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Woods, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound center appeared in 53 games with AHL Utica in 2018-19, collecting seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. He also racked up 103 penalty minutes in the minors. Because it is an AHL contract, Woods is still eligible to be signed to an NHL contract by any of the other 31 NHL clubs.
News: Archibald signed a one-year, minor-league contract with AHL Toronto on Monday.
Impact: Since Archibald's deal isn't of the two-way variety, the Maple Leafs won't hold his rights, allowing any of the NHL's 31 teams to pick him up if a club deems him worthy of a promotion from the AHL. The 29-year-old split the 2018-19 campaign between the Senators and Canucks and their respective AHL affiliates at Belleville and Utica. He tallied 33 points in 51 AHL games and two points in 12 games at the NHL level.
News: Wolanin secured a two-year, $1.8 million contract extension with the Senators on Thursday.
Impact: Wolanin's deal is a two-way contract in the first year, but converts to a one-way deal in the second, which will likely ensure the blueliner's spot on the 23-man roster. Even with the flexibility in 2019-20, the departures of Ben Harpur and Cody Ceci could open the door for Wolanin to log significant time in the NHL this season.
News: Paul put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Tuesday.
Impact: Paul excelled in the minors last season, as he racked up 39 points in 43 games. The 24-year-old was significantly less productive in 20 appearances for Ottawa, just two points, but was averaging a meager 8:28 of ice time. The Ontario native figures to continue splitting time between leagues heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Szwarz secured a one-year, two-way deal from the Senators on Monday that will pay him $800,000 at the NHL level.
Impact: After racking up 23 goals and 23 assists for AHL Providence last year, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the 28-year-old land another contract. Whether the center can earn more play time, he saw action in just 12 games for Boston, remains to be seen, but a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night certainly isn't out of the question.
News: Ennis signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Senators on Monday.
Impact: Ennis appeared in 51 games with Toronto in 2018-19, notching 12 goals and 18 points while averaging just 9:56 of ice time per contest. The 29-year-old winger will likely take on a slightly more prominent role with the Senators in 2019-20, but he almost certainly won't produce enough offense to warrant a roster spot in most fantasy formats.
News: Hainsey signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with Ottawa on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: At 38, Hainsey will be one of the oldest players in the NHL in 2019-20, but he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down over the past two years, putting up back-to-back 23-point campaigns while appearing in 161 of a possible 164 regular-season contests with the Maple Leafs. The 14-year veteran will likely step into a middle-pairing role with the Senators this season and should be able to crack the 20-point threshold for a third straight campaign.
News: Carcone was swapped to Ottawa from Toronto, along with Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown, in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick.
Impact: Carcone recorded 14 goals, 13 assists and 39 PIM in 42 regular-season contests for AHL Toronto this season, before adding another 10 points in 13 playoff games. The 23-year-old winger has yet to earn a call-up to the NHL, but could find himself atop the Senators' shortlist this season.
News: Brown was flipped to the Senators by the Maple Leafs, along with Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Carcone, in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick.
Impact: Brown came up just one point shy of hitting the 30-point mark while setting a new personal best in assists (21). The winger played in all 82 games in each of the previous three campaigns and will no doubt be eager to make it four in a row with his new team. The 24-year-old's versatility will allow him to slot into any of the Senators' line combinations and should be a solid depth scoring option regardless of his linemates.
News: Zaitsev was acquired by the Senators from the Maple Leafs, along with Connor Brown and Michael Carcone, in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick.
Impact: Zaitsev made it very clear he was not happy with his situation in Toronto and was looking for a way out. The blueliner has failed to live up to expectations after putting up 36 points in his rookie campaign, having missed the 20-point mark in each of his previous two seasons. In Ottawa, the 26-year-old will have an opportunity to be a top-pairing guy on the blue line and should see minutes on the power play. If he can capitalize on the change of scenery, the Russian could get back to being a 30-plus point producer.
News: Rodewald inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Thursday that will pay him $725,000 at the NHL level.
Impact: After being handed a qualifying offer Tuesday, it didn't take Rodewald long to re-up with the club. The winger averaged a mere 7:04 of ice time in his six NHL appearances last year, which limited him to a mere two shots, eight hits and three blocks. The 24-year-old will likely continue to split time between the NHL and AHL in 2019-20, but could earn a few more opportunities.
News: Goloubef signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.
Impact: Goloubef spent most of his time in the minors last season, notching 24 points in 46 games, and will have a similar, if not identical, role with the Senators in 2019-20. There's no reason for fantasy owners to have the 29-year-old blueliner on their radars.
News: Elliott inked a one-year contract with Dinamo Minsk (KHL) on Tuesday.
Impact: Elliott was part of a minor-league deal that saw him move from Pittsburgh to Ottawa in December of 2018. The 27-year-old appeared in three games for the Sens, in which he recorded one assist, three shots and two hits while averaging 8:59 of ice time. With no clear path to the NHL, the blueliner will return to the KHL, where he previous played for Ak Bars in 2016-17.
News: Erkamps wasn't on the receiving end of a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Impact: Erkamps may not be with the organization any longer, but he will remain on the periphery, as the defenseman already signed a minor-league deal with the Baby Pens. Considering he failed to score a goal in 24 AHL contest last year, the 24-year-old should be considered a long shot to earn another NHL contract any time soon.
News: The Sharks didn't extend Donaghey a qualifying offer Tuesday, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Donaghey hasn't even been able to secure a spot on an AHL roster over the past two seasons, so it's hardly surprising that San Jose is willing to cut ties with the 23-year-old blueliner.
News: Gagne wasn't issued a qualifying offer from Toronto, making him a free agent on July 1, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The 6-foot-5 winger has no NHL experience, and the AHL section of Gagne's hockey resume includes 40 points (26 goals, 14 assists) over 142 games. The 22-year-old will hit the open market and likely won't be a fantasy asset at the NHL level anytime soon.
News: Sogaard was drafted 37th overall by the Senators at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Sogaard is listed at 6-foot-7 and that alone makes him an intriguing prospect. Considering he spent the 2017-18 campaign playing with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL, Sogaard handled the jump to the WHL exceptionally well. His numbers with Medicine Hat were more than respectable (2.64 GAA, .921 save percentage in 37 games) and he served as the starting goaltender for his native Denmark at the World Juniors. Sogaard comes with more risk than your average 18-year-old goalie, simply because there have been so few netminders his height that have succeeded in the NHL. You can never have too much goaltending depth and Ottawa will allow Sogaard to develop at his own pace. But his path to the NHL is shorter in Canada's capital than in other cities if his game grows quickly.
News: Pinto was drafted 32nd overall by the Senators at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Every single season there are more and more players from Long Island joining the NHL ranks and Pinto stands a decent chance of joining that list one day. Committed to the University of North Dakota, Pinto is coming off an impressive USHL season in which he posted 28 goals and 59 points in 56 games. He began the year playing for the league-worst Lincoln Stars and managed 17 goals in 30 games despite having virtually no talent around him. Pinto is a big (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), physical kid who plays a determined game. Heading to NoDak should be a great move for his future development.
News: Thomson was drafted 19th overall by the Senators at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: This offensive-minded Finn has a bright NHL future. Thomson is definitely better on the offensive side of the puck than in his own zone. His hockey sense is high and his shot is great. And he moves the puck well on exits and entries. Yes, Thomson is a bit vulnerable in his own zone, but his offensive skills should balance that out. And he is just 18. He scored 17 goals and 41 points in 63 games with Kelowna of the WHL in 2018-19. Thomson tired over the second half, so we'll be watching his 2019-20 to see how his game grows. He is apparently headed home to Finland to play, but the Sens might be able to sway him to stay.
News: White earned a qualifying offer from the Senators on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: White is coming off a solid season in which he racked up 14 goals, 27 assists and 123 shots in 71 outings. The center figures to continue pushing for top-six minutes in 2019-20 and could top his 41-point career high if he can earn a bigger role on the power play. White figures to earn a bridge deal in the area of 3-4 years, though he isn't eligible for arbitration, which could complicate the negotiations.
News: Wolanin received a qualifying offer from the Senators on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Wolanin played in 30 NHL games this season, in which he tallied four goals, eight assists and three power-play points, and he could take on a bigger role in 2019-20. If the blueliner can't agree to a long-term deal, his qualifying offer would earn him $874,125 while remaining two-way in nature. In order to prevent himself from spending time in the minors, the 23-year-old might be willing to take less money on a one-way contract.
News: Rodewald was issued a qualifying offer by Ottawa on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Rodewald was phenomenal with AHL Belleville this season, as he tallied 23 goals and 24 helpers in 59 appearances. The 25-year-old played in only six games for the Senators, in which he failed to register a point while averaging a paltry 7:04 of ice time. Under the terms of his qualifying offer, Rodewald would earn $715,00 on a two-way deal that would allow him to continue playing in both the AHL and NHL.
News: Paul was given a qualifying offer by Ottawa on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Paul saw action in just 20 games for the Senators this season, in which he notched one goal, one assist and 30 shots while averaging a mere 8:28 of ice time. The winger would earn a $715,000, two-way deal under the terms of his qualifying offer and figures to continue splitting time between the AHL and NHL next season.
News: Ceci was given a qualifying offer by the Senators on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Ceci is the biggest fish in the Senators' restricted free agent pool and would earn $4.3 million under the terms of his qualifying offer. After putting up seven goals, 19 assists and 132 shots this season, ithe team should want to lock him up for longer term. The move is likely precautionary in order to avoid losing the blueliner in free agency while the two sides work out a more permanent deal.
News: O'Brien agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers (DEL) on Tuesday.
Impact: After making just 14 NHL appearances since 2013-14, O'Brien will give the DEL a try for the 2019-20 campaign. The 30-year-old saw action in just 11 AHL games last season due to injury, in which he notched three points. At this point, the University of Minnesota product has likely played his last game in North America and will eventually retire with eight goals, five assists and 16 PIM in 77 NHL contests.
News: Hogberg signed a two-year contract extension with the Senators on Wednesday.
Impact: The first year of Hogberg's extension is two-way, but the second year of his new deal is one-way, which suggests the Senators believe he might be ready for backup duties behind Anders Nilsson in 2020-21. However, the 24-year-old Swede will likely spend the entirety of the upcoming campaign continuing to fine tune his craft with AHL Belleville.
News: Englund signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.
Impact: Englund spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Belleville, notching three goals and 14 points while posting a plus-7 rating in 68 games. The 23-year-old blueliner will likely once again stick with the Senators' minor-league affiliate for most of the 2019-20 season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: The Senators aren't going to re-sign Paajarvi, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: Paajarvi was a passable bottom-six contributor for the Senators this season, notching 11 goals and 19 points in 80 games, but Ottawa shouldn't have any trouble replacing his production with a younger, cheaper option. The 28-year-old Swede will likely land with another club on a short-term deal, but his lack of offensive upside will keep him off the radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
News: Duclair inked a one-year, $1.65 million contract extension with Ottawa on Monday.
Impact: Duclair is already playing for his fifth NHL team in his five-year career, but appears to have found a home with the Senators. In 21 appearances for the club, the winger notched eight goals, six helpers and 40 shots while averaging 13:41 of ice time. If the 23-year-old can put together a strong training camp, he figures to cement himself in the top six this upcoming season, as well as being a factor on the power play.
News: Klimchuk signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Thursday.
Impact: Klimchuk was traded twice during the 2018-19 season, but he was still unable to break into the NHL. The winger played for AHL Stockton, Toronto and Belleville, between which he tallied nine goals, six helpers and 33 PIM in 38 appearances. Drafted by the Flames with the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the 24-year-old has only managed to break into one NHL game. Klimchuk will likely continue to split his time between leagues for the upcoming campaign.
News: Ebert signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Monday.
Impact: After three seasons toiling in the AHL following his junior career, Ebert made the move overseas for the last two years. Playing in Sweden in 2018-19, the blueliner racked up 11 goals and 22 helpers in 49 appearances. The 25-year-old could push for a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but will likely start the year in the minors.
News: Nilsson agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.2 million contract with Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: Nilsson was acquired by the Senators from the Canucks last season and went on to post an 11-11-0 record with two shutouts and a 2.90 GAA in 24 outings for Ottawa. At times, it appeared Nilsson surpassed Craig Anderson as the No. 1 option between the pipes, but new head coach D.J. Smith will likely face a difficult decision during training camp about who to go with for Opening Night.
News: Norris signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa, the club announced Monday.
Impact: Norris was acquired at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, in the deal that saw Sens captain Erik Karlsson shipped to San Jose. The 19-year-old is coming off a sophomore campaign at the University of Michigan that featured 10 goals and nine assists in 17 contests. Fans in Ottawa should get their first look at Norris in a Senators uniform this summer when the youngster participates in the team's summer development camp, scheduled to commence on June 25. Norris is coming off an injury and therefore could be limited in the early stages of camp.