Fredrik Claesson will return to the line-up against the Sabres

2017-12-12

There are still some decisions to be made closer to puck drop but here's what we know about the Sens line-up tonight in Buffalo. The coach confirmed yesterday that Fredrik Claesson is set to return to the line-up tonight against the Sabres. Claesson, who has 1 goal in 24 games this season, has been the odd man out over the last 3 games on defence but remains upbeat as he prepares to rejoin his teammates in game action in Buffalo. Fredrik Claesson Jersey "Of course I want to play and be out there with the guys to try and help the team," said Claesson this morning. "But if the coaches think it's good for me to sit out, I'm going to be positive about it and try to help the team that way."
Speaking of the coach, Guy Boucher also met with the media this morning but didn't have a lot of concrete answers regarding his line-up for tonight. The current hold-up rests with Nate Thompson who didn't participate in yesterday's practice in Buffalo after sustaining a hand injury after blocking a shot against the Sharks on Saturday. "I have to wait and see with Thompson," shared Boucher. "If he's not ready to go then we'll go 11 & 7. We still might go 11 & 7 and take another forward out or we might go 12 & 6 so I really have to wait and see what I get from Thompson."
Thompson was able to take part in the team's optional skate this morning and the coach joked he's waiting for the medical staff to give him "the green light, the yellow light or the red light" for his availability tonight.
Mike Condon (2-2-4) gets the nod in net for the Sens tonight. Condon, who's most recent start came against the Kings this past Thursday, holds a 3-3-0 lifetime record against the Sabres with a save percentage of .920 over that span.

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Henrique gets 1st 2 Ducks goals from Craig Anderson

2017-12-10

Henrique scored his first two goals for the Ducks in his home debut, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his first shutout for Anaheim in a 3-0 victory over the slumping Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Ondrej Kase also scored, and Henrique added an empty-netter to his second-period opening goal in the Ducks' first victory since they acquired Henrique in a trade with New Jersey a week ago. The veteran has a point in all four games for his new team while centering the top line for the Ducks, who have played most of the season without centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler while dealing with major injuries for several supporting players.
No scorekeeper could deny Henrique when he beat Craig Anderson Jersey with a sharp one-timer after Rickard Rakell put the puck in the slot. Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in the Senators' ninth loss in 10 games. They've scored more than two goals in just one game during this skid, and they've been shut out in back-to-back games.

"You never know exactly what is causing it and what is going on," captain Erik Karlsson said. "When things are not going your way, you try and look for answers that are not there. You try and get out of your comfort zone and do different things, but at the end of the day, you need to do the things you are good at, and I think that we are starting to get to that." "This is a tough one," forward Zack Smith said. "For the most part, the work ethic was there. Offense was hard to come by. We believe in this group here. We've showed all through last year and the playoffs that we can score. Sometimes you're guilty of overthinking."
Both teams wore helmet decals in honor of Bryan Murray, the former coach and general manager for both franchises. Murray died of colorectal cancer in August. ... Miller is the fourth American-born goalie to post 40 NHL shutouts. ... Ottawa D Fredrik Claesson was a healthy scratch, missing only his second game of the season. The Sens dressed D Ben Harpur instead.

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The Latest News about Erik Karlsson and Johnny Oduya

2017-10-12

Pierre Dorion, general manager of Ottawa's Senator, met with media during the team's Western Canadian road trip to provide some updates on injuries, young players in the lineup, and so on. He began to share some positive news about Erik Karlsson's return, recovered from the off-season ankle surgery. Karlsson did not join his teammates for the first road trip of the season, but chose to stay in Ottawa and skate with development coach Shean Donovan.
"Erik Karlsson won't be joining us on this trip," said Dorion on Wednesday. "We're hopeful that he will play at some point in time next week." Erik Karlsson Jersey
Dorion also provided updates on his other injured defencemen and shared that Johnny Oduya is nearing a return which could come as soon as this Friday in Calgary. Ben Harpur, who suffered a shoulder injury in his first game with the club this season, is set to resume skating "in a few days." The news on Colin White's injured wrist is also pretty positive as the young centre appears to be making big strides in his recovery. "He's skating and shooting the puck," Dorion relayed. "He'll meet with the doctor's next week but he is ahead of schedule."
With a glut of injuries early on, the Sens have relied on their prospect depth to start the season and so far the reviews from management have been pretty favourable. A pair of recent recalls from Belleville slotted into the defence corps on Tuesday in Vancouver and the Sens GM was happy with their contributions.
"What impressed me the most about Thomas Chabot was his ability to defend against bigger and stronger guys. He was able to pin them along the wall and separate them from the puck," Dorion said after Tuesday night's win. "And Christian Jaros threw a few big hits if I'm not mistaken. He played a solid game and went up the ice a few times. He had a presence out there and made good crisp passes so we were really happy with both defensemen."
The team also has a pair of prospects in the mix at forward with Logan Brown and Alex Formenton making the roster out of training camp. Neither is eligible to be sent to Belleville this season so the decision between the NHL and the CHL continues to be monitored.
"With Logan, we see a similar situation as with Thomas Chabot," Dorion said of his young centre. "Once he gets into another game then we'll have to assess that situation but whatever amount of time he spends here isn't going to hurt him so we might be a bit more patient with him."
While Brown is slightly more seasoned than Formenton, both continue to develop for the Senators but it's agreed the team's most recent second round draft pick needs to be on the ice.
"In Alex's case, he's got to play. Whether it's here or in Junior, he's definitely got to play," Dorion said. "He gave us 5 good minutes the other night so maybe in the next game it's a good 8 minutes but he needs to play."
A decision remains regarding Brown and Formenton before the first year of their entry-level contracts kick in, but the Sens GM is constantly looking to add to his team depth from both inside and outside of the organization.

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Erik Karlsson may be absent until November because of surgery

2017-09-12

If Senators fans want the captain Erik Karlsson to be ready for the season opener on Oct. 5, forget about it.The runner-up for the Norris Trophy, Erik Karlsson, said Wednesday he hasn't been able to do anything for three months since the operation in June to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The 27-year-old played with foot fractures and torn tendons during the playoffs as the Senators reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.
At the time of the surgery, Pierre Dorion, general manager of Ottawa, predicted that after four months of recovery, Karlsson would start the regular season. With the Senators opening Oct. 5 against Washington, that's now in doubt. Karlsson says that it may be another “2-3 weeks” before he skates on his surgically repaired left foot — including the insertion of an artificial tendon — for the first time, post-surgery. Three weeks from Monday brings us to Oct. 2. Erik Karlsson Jersey. He also suggested that he could push back the start of his season to November, adamant that he won’t return until he’s at or near full health.
“I want to make sure this is something that’s not going to affect me, moving forward in my career,” he said.“Whenever I’m 100%, I’m going to come back and play, whether that’s in October or November.”
“I think we have assets on defence,” general manager Pierre Dorion said. “If he’s out a week or two or three or whenever he comes back, we’ll be fine.” We couldn’t see behind Dorion’s back to see if he was crossing his fingers. Goaltender Craig Anderson, who is used to watching Karlsson play half of every game in front of him, says the addition of free agent Johnny Oduya should help.“We’ve got very capable defencemen back there,” he said. “We picked up a Stanley Cup winner to play for us, as well. The system allows us to plug players in and allow our team to have success even without our star player.”
Winger Bobby Ryan acknowledges that life without Karlsson will create new challenges. “There is no positive to it, if you’re serious about it,” he said. “It’s going to give somebody an opportunity to step up, maybe Chabot comes in and Johnny Oduya fills the void a little bit on the defensive side. You can’t replace Karl. We’ve just got to try to get him as healthy as quickly as we can and go from there.”Despite playing with so many foot problems, Karlsson led all defenseman with 18 points in the playoffs. Ottawa lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime, and Karlsson earned a lot of respect around the league by playing and performing well while injured.

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Senators 2017 rookie camp entry roster

2017-08-31

September is almost here and that can only mean one thing: the hockey season, at long last, is almost upon us.The Ottawa Senators’ recess is almost over. From the final day of summer development camp, their off-season will be just 66 days old when it officially comes to an end next week.
The National Hockey League team announced Monday that 23 players had been invited to its rookie camp, which commences Sept. 7 at Bell Sensplex, and the Sept. 8-10 rookie tournament at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum also featuring prospects of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.
First-round draft picks Thomas Chabot, Colin White and Logan Brown headline Ottawa’s collection, which will practice at Sensplex on the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before travelling to Toronto. Guiding the group will be Belleville Senators head coach Kurt Kleinendorst, assistant coach Paul Boutilier, Senators player development coach Shean Donovan and Belleville video coach Dylan Crawford.
Ottawa Senators hockey staff will attend the rookie tournament to finalize the list of players who will be invited to the main camp that starts Sept. 14.
The rookie tournament schedule include three games: Montreal vs. Toronto on Sept. 8; Ottawa vs. Montreal on Sept. 9 (7 p.m.); and Ottawa vs. Toronto on Sept. 10 (4 p.m.).
Thirteen of the 23 prospects were drafted by the Senators, one was obtained in a trade, three were signed as free agents and six were invited on tryouts.
Goalies: Marcus Hogberg (third round, 2013); and Jordan Hollett (sixth round, 2017).
Defencemen: Charles-David Beaudoin (free agent); Thomas Chabot (18th overall, 2015); Cody Donaghey (trade); Andreas Englund (second round, 2014); Macoy Erkamps (free agent); Christian Jaros (fifth round, 2015); Maxime Lajoie (fifth round, 2016); and Jordan Murray (tryout).
Forwards: Drake Batherson (fourth round, 2017); Logan Brown (11th overall, 2016); Filip Chlapik (second round, 2015); Bobby Dow (tryout); Alex Formenton (second round, 2017); Gabriel Gagné (second round, 2015); Matteo Gennaro (seventh round by Winnipeg, 2015); Parker Kelly (tryout); Francis Perron (seventh round, 2014); Jack Rodewald (free agent); Pius Suter (tryout); Jordan Topping (tryout); and Colin White (21st overall, 2015).

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Would Clarke MacArthur be the Senators’ top six this season

2017-08-29

Going into the 2017-2018 season there aren’t as many question marks for the Ottawa Senators as many teams face. Much of the team is intact except for a few changes to the defence and the bottom six at forward. However, there is one question around their top six, the status of Clarke MacArthur.
Clarke MacArthur was a surprise addition to the playoff run of the Ottawa Senators. Going into the season MacArthur was fresh off a season where he played just four games because of concussions. It was expected that he would come back and be a valuable member of the Sens’ top six for the year. However, in training camp he took a high hit from Patrick Sieloff. The hit generated another concussion for MacArthur and he was out for the duration of the season.
A Career In Jeopardy
After getting another concussion so soon after recovering from his previous one it seemed as though MacArthur’s career could be done. Pierre Dorion even stated that it was likely that he would not return at all this season. Due to concerns of his health after hockey it seemed as if he would never wear an Ottawa Senators uniform ever again. Clarke MacArthur Jersey. However, near the end of the season MacArthur made his surprise return to the lineup.
A Surprise Return
After being absent for nearly two years MacArthur returned for the final four games of the season. Although he didn’t generate any points, his presence alone was a boost to the morale of the Sens. In the playoffs he began to find his form again. Contributing nine points while playing all 19 games, MacArthur looked to be well on his way back to his old self. He even got his moment of being the hero as he scored the series clinching goal in overtime of game six to defeat the Boston Bruins. Going into next season there is still concern of whether MacArthur will be able to play. Zack Smith Jersey. His history with concussions makes his status uncertain. However, he looked good in the playoffs and at this time should be ready to go for opening night.
An Offensive Boost
After scoring nine points in the playoffs after missing two years it isn’t unreasonable to expect MacArthur to improve. Over his career he has been a player that has been able to contribute 50-60 points. His injuries could have set him back, but if the playoffs were any indication that isn’t the case. If MacArthur is healthy, he could be the boost the Ottawa Senators need offensively.

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An important year for Mark Stone

2017-08-21

With 249 NHL games under his belt and another 27 in the playoffs, Mark Stone is now a veteran in the National Hockey League.This upcoming season, his fourth in the league, may be one of the most important of his young career. After posting back to back 60 points seasons (64 and 61), Stone took a bit of a step back last season, finishing with just 54 points. And while he still registered a 3rd consecutive 20 goal campaign, he missed a total of 11 games throughout the course of the year which hampered his production a little bit.
Injuries were a bit of a lingering issue for Stone all year but come playoff time, it was abundantly clear that Stone was nowhere near 100%, his leg/knee being his biggest issue. He had just 8 points in the 19 playoff games and struggled badly on some nights.
Heading into next season, the Senators are counting on Mark Stone to be one of their most important players up front.Mark Stone Jersey. Either way, at 25 years of age, this is obviously a crucial point in Stone’s career.Not only is he entering his prime in the NHL but he’s also in a contract year.
Stone will make $4.5 mil on the final year of his three year deal and he'll be looking for a big raise next summer. Mike Hoffman Jersey. The Senators do still have some leverage as Stone remains an RFA but looking at the contracts signed by other prominent restricted free agents around the league, it’s safe to assume Stone and his agent will be looking for at least $6 mil a year on a long-term deal. That’s why this is such an important year for Stone and for the team.
That’s a huge commitment to make and the Senators need to know they can continue to count on a healthy and productive Mark Stone. While the two sides could negotiate a new deal as of July 1st if they wanted, there really doesn’t seem to be much movement yet.
When he’s healthy, Mark Stone is one of the best right-wingers in the game.He has an uncanny ability to read the play, making otherwise quality NHLers look silly by stealing the puck in even the most unlikely situations. Match that with terrific vision and a tendency to make big plays at key times, and you have a player that has the potential to be among the top forwards in the game.The Ottawa Senators will need Mark Stone at his best in 2017/2018.

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Chris Kelly:Great player of Ottawa Senators!

2017-08-17

Part of what makes a player great for a franchise is not necessarily their point total or their ability to be a star. It’s the willingness to do what needs to be done to win, and doing it for a long time. Chris Kelly was that guy for the Ottawa Senators.
Joining the Sens full time after the lockout, Kelly quickly became a regular member of the Sens’ bottom six for more than half a decade. He was someone who the coach could always rely on to play well defensively. As a result he became a staple on the penalty kill for years.
During his time in Ottawa, Kelly was a part of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final team and stuck with the team as the rough patches began to hit in 2009 and didn’t leave until he was traded in 2011. Chris Kelly Senators Jersey. He went on to win a Stanley Cup that year in Boston. In his years away from Canada’s capital he was the same player for Boston that he was for Ottawa.
What makes Kelly so great is his loyalty. He didn’t leave Ottawa until he was traded and then stayed with Boston until they wouldn’t re-sign him. When he was done in Boston he chose to come back to Ottawa despite having other options.
In his one season back in Ottawa he was a member of one of the most successful Ottawa Senators teams ever. Again he did so by just doing his role. Mike Hoffman Jersey. This time it was a reduced role but he did what he had to do to better the team. He may have only played two games in the playoffs but his presence was felt. It’s no coincidence that Kelly was a member of two of the best Sens teams of all time. That's why Kelly should get the best approval from the Ottawa senator.

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Colin White expected to be the focus of Ottawa Senator

2017-08-15

Any delay in Derick Brassard’s recovery from shoulder surgery could leave the Ottawa Senators leaning heavily on one of their first-round picks at centre to start next season.Unless, that is, they land another veteran centre at some point this summer.
While most would expect Colin White to make the Senators’ roster out of training camp, it would probably be a little much to ask the 20-year old to assume responsibilities on one of the top two lines. Jean-Gabriel Pageau could be used as the second-line centre behind Kyle Turris, but head coach Guy Boucher prefers Pageau in a checking role, just as he likes Zack Smith on the wing. The 21st pick in the 2015 National Hockey League draft, White gained what he claimed was valuable experience just being around the Senators’ playoff run this spring. Mostly, it was as a Black Ace, but he did play two regular-season games and two minutes 39 seconds of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“That was huge for my development,” said White, one of 40 players taking part in the Senators’ summer development camp. Colin White Jersey. “It was amazing for me just to see the atmosphere, and where I need to get my game. To see that level they had to take their game to every night in the playoffs, battling through injuries, that was eye-opening to me. It was something special. ”
“I’m working really hard this summer already,” he said. “Lot of lifting, mobility, training, I’m training Monday to Saturday, pretty much. This summer is probably the biggest summer for me. I want to make the team next year. I’ll golf a little bit here and there, but Monday to Saturday I’m pretty locked in for the summer.
Another consideration for the Senators, should Brassard not be ready to go in early October, might be 2016 first-round pick Logan Brown, provided he has a good summer and training camp, too.

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Craig Anderson gives Senators super fan a big surprise

2017-08-15

Despite the fact that the Anderson family is struggling with their own health issues, Nicole Anderson was diagnosed with cancer, both Nicole and her husband, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, took some time out of their lives to comfort a fan.
Liam Darragh had been told that the goalie would be able to do a video chat with him, but Anderson and his wife, Nicholle, herself a cancer survivor, made the journey to see him instead. When his hero Ottawa Senator goalie Craig Anderson walked into the ward, Darragh could not believe it. Luckily, Anderson had proof with him. “Do I have to prove that?” Anderson smiled and said, removed the hat, revealing his recognizable bald head.Craig Anderson Jersey. The young patient, who has been treating a rare hereditary disease for a month at Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Britannia, Ontario, was surprised to see his favorite player in person.
"It was a huge surprise," Liam's mom Lisa told the Senators website. "Liam had no idea about any of this, and I was shocked when Craig walked off the elevator."
"He loves the [Senators]; he's like their couch-coach," Chris Neil Jersey. Lisa said. "I think he's really, really, really excited. I think he was a little shellshocked … it's got to be the best day of his life."
Darragh suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, which affects about 10,000 to 30,000 people worldwide. The visit from the Andersons no doubt brightened his day and Craig left an open invitation for Liam to attend a Senators game, once he felt better, would have access to the locker room.

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Ottawa Senators agreed with Jean-Gabriel Pageau for a three-year contract

2017-08-08

Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has agreed to a three-year contract with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, which will end at the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $ 3.1 million ($ 2.6 million, $ 3.3 million and $ 3.4 million).24-year-old Pageau, who spent his second season with the senators in 2016-17 registering 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in addition to 24 penalty minutes and was one of three Ottawa players to appear in each of the team's 82 regular season games. Cheap Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey. He led the Senators with eight goals (and scored two assists) while skating in each of the club's 19 post-season contests. Selected by his hometown Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Pageau began his pro career in 2012–13 with the AHL's Binghamton Senators, registering 7 goals and 29 points in 69 games before being called up to Ottawa on April 10, 2013. Pageau stayed in Ottawa for the remainder of the season, registering two goals and four points in nine regular season games. On May 5, 2013, he played a hat-trick in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals series as the Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6–1. In doing so, he became the second Senators' player to register a hat trick in the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson is the first. After this season, Pageau was honoured by his hometown; on June 18, 2013 he signed the official guestbook at the start of the Gatineau City Council meeting and received a plaque. Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau called him "a true ambassador for the city." Pageau would only appear in parts of the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons under head coach Paul MacLean. After McLean was fired, the new coach, Dave Cameron, would allow Pageau to play more games during the 2014–15 season, including all six of the Senators' post-season games. Pageau would play in all 82 games during the 2015–16 season and achieve career highs in goals (19), assists (24), and points (43), and led the league in short-handed goals with seven.

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Craig Anderson,the starter of Ottawa Senator in 2017-2018 NHL season

2017-08-03

Although just to August, but 2017-2018 NHL season will come to us in front of the unconsciously. The training camp will begin in September and all the participants will gather together during the preparation season. I think it would be a good time to preview Ottawa senators for next season of each player. We will start from the core player Craig Anderson. Since he was trading here in 2011, Craig Anderson has been a leader of the Ottawa senator. At this time, he has become the most influential goalkeeper in the history of Senators. In the past season he was the best one. But it did not go well last season.In the 2016-17 season, Anderson scored an average score of 25 to 1 with a goal of 2.28, with senators attending the Eastern Conference finals. Men’s Craig Anderson Jersey. He played 40 games, played many times during the season, along with his wife Nicholle, who was receiving treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer, which is a rare laryngeal cancer. He appeared to use this as a fuel to perform at his best when was with the team .Anderson was awarded the Maaston Trophy, giving a player who embodies perseverance, athleticism and the quality of hockey. Into the next season, Anderson also has optimistic and uncertain factors. Optimism comes from his excellent performance last year. He did not show signs of regression, it seems he can continue next season. He is also good for not having to worry about his wife, just as her condition gets relieved. Unfortunately, Anderson also has uncertainty. Anderson is 36 years old near the end of his career. Even so, he does not seem to regress. At his age there is always the question of when will he drop off? In addition, Anderson has been trying to keep strong seasons together in history. Since joining Senators, he has followed every good season, a bad or mediocre year. Despite his age and difficulty, Anderson has proved to be one of the underestimated goalkeepers in the league. Anderson and Bobby Ryan this season will be the starter of Ottawa Senator, and will pursue another brilliant performance.

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Johnny Oduya, the new partner of Erik Karlsson’s?

2017-08-03

The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed defenceman Johnny Oduya to a one-year, $1 million contract. With the departure of defenseman Marc Methot, who was Karlsson’s primary defense partner the past five seasons,Senators has to new candidates to add depth on defense,though general manager Pierre Dorion said there is a possibility Oduya will take Methot's place next to Karlsson. Dorion said that decision would be left to coach Guy Boucher. Eril Karlsson is well known for his speed, such as his ability to lead a rush and be the first man to return to defend, and for making plays. Ken Hitchcock praised Karlsson for his skating skill and reading of plays, saying that he is "ahead of the curve everywhere."Eril Karlsson Jersey"Johnny fits in our mix really well as someone who can play up and down the lineup," Dorion said. "He's got experience, something that we like, and at the same time he's someone that will fit in very well with our system. He gives Erik Karlsson the possibility of a partner, but he also gives other guys on our defense crops the possibility of playing with them."

He added that Karlsson and Oduya had coffee together in Stockholm a few weeks ago and that coach Guy Boucher spoke to Oduya as well when negotiations began. The addition of Oduya also clouds the status of 20-year-old defenseman prospect Thomas Chabot. Dorion said anything was possible in terms of where Chabot will start the season, and that included him playing for Belleville of the American Hockey League.Oduya started last season with the Dallas Stars, before a February trade that returned him to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 52 regular-season games, he recorded two goals and nine points. He also dressed for all four of Chicago's playoff games.He has scored 37 goals and recorded 145 assists in 798 career games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, Chicago and Dallas. He has played in 106 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and was a member of the Blackhawks' 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Championship teams.

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