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The second incarnation of the Ottawa Senators arrived in the NHL for the 1992-1993 season and, despite not living up to expectations on the score sheet, the team was a hit with fans in Ontario and built a strong base of supporters.
The franchise took its name from the original Ottawa Senators, a team that dated back to 1883 and remained in Ottawa until 1934, before fleeing to St. Louis amid financial woes. However, the original Senators were a powerhouse in the early days of hockey, racking up 11 Stanley Cups, which is one more championship than the new team had wins in their inaugural season. It would be a long road ahead for the new Senators as they did not make the playoffs in their first four years.
However, hard work paid off for the franchise. After earning a postseason spot in 1997, Ottawa would make the playoffs for the next 11 seasons, which would include two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and a 2007 appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. To date, the Senators have reached the playoffs 16 times in their 25 seasons of play.
Head Coach Guy Boucher had a very strong first season behind the bench for Ottawa. His second season, however, was below expectation. The Sens dropped from a 44 win team to a 28 win team. Boucher spent the offseason trying to figure out where things went wrong and what he can do to right the ship in Ottawa. The goal for his third season was to recapture a playoff spot with the hope of bringing home the Cup. However, as the 2018-2019 season neared its conclusion, Boucher was removed by the Senators ownership as the team dropped to the worst in the NHL. He was replaced by assistant coach Marc Crawford, who will try to clean up the mess.
In order to accomplish this, he will need strong play from everyone on his roster, especially in the wake of a major offseason trade that shipped longtime team captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. In his absence, Ottawa relies on their other veteran contributors for leadership. Among them are Bobby Ryan, Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Goaltender Craig Anderson is loved in Ottawa and has returned between the pipes this season to give his team a fighting chance in every game.
This team will soon be working to putting the 2018-2019 in the rear window and jump up in the standings. A far cry from the 10 win team in their first season, the Ottawa Senators are usually known to be a formidable opponent in the Eastern Conference and a real threat to any team they play against. Contributions from Thomas Chabot and Chris Tierney keep Ottawa fans on their feet. Eager to get back to playing the kind of hockey this city expects, the Sens are hopeful that they can make a deep playoff run. When will it be that Ottawa gets over the hump and raises the Stanley Cup for Senators fans everywhere?
Ottawa decided to part ways with Mark Stone at the trade deadline in a deal that would send him to Vegas in exchange for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, and a 2nd round pick.
Ottawa has been fortunate enough to cheer on some amazing hockey players over the years including Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley, Chris Phillips, Marian Hossa, Wade Redden, Alexei Yashin, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson, Erick Karlsson, and Daniel Alfredsson. More can be learned about this great hockey club by clicking here.