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Among the players auditioning for a spot on the Senators next year is 26-year-old defenceman Derek Smith. He signed with the Senators as a free agent on April 12, 2007, but has so far played only six NHL games, two last year, four this year. He may not stay with the team for the rest [...]

The Ottawa Senators added more depth to the organization on Thursday when they signed left wing Derek Grant, their second fourth-round pick (119th overall) in the 2008 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Grant, 20, will leave Michigan State, where he just finished his second year, to turn pro. He’ll spend the rest of the [...]

At least 10 other NHL teams were trying to sign Wacey Hamilton, a free-agent centre and captain of the Medicine Hat Tigers. But the 20-year-old Hamilton, a native of Cochrane, Alta., chose to sign with the Senators, who have had a terrible season and embarking on a major overhaul. It is a coincidence that the [...]

Now a New Jersey Devil, centre David Steckel remains a centre of attention for the hit he delivered as a member of the Washington Capitals that has knocked Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby out of the game. On Tuesday, he had to defend himself again. “Obviously I didn’t see him,” said Steckel. It was unintentional, [...]