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2005-06 Finish: 52-21-9, 1st East
General Manager: John Muckler (4th Season)
Head Coach: Bryan Murray (2nd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 314
2005-06 Goals Against: 211
2005-06 Power Play: 20.8% (4th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 84.7% (4th)
Points Leader: Dany Heatley (103)
Goals Leader: Dany Heatley (50)
Assists Leader: Jason Spezza (71)

Offseason Moves: Signed goaltender Martin Gerber, who had been with the Carolina Hurricanes, to a multi-year contract; signed defenceman Joe Corvo, who had been with the Los Angeles Kings, to a multi-year contract; acquired defensemen Tom Preissing and Michal Barinka, centre Josh Hennessy and a 2008 second-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks for right wing Martin Havlat and centre Bryan Smolinski; signed defenceman Jamie Allison, who had been with the Florida Panthers, to a one-year contract; signed left wing Brian Maloney, who had been with the Atlanta Thrashers, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: The Senators have their third No. 1 goalie in as many seasons. Dominik Hasek's tenure in Ottawa lasted only one year, and the team has turned to free agent Martin Gerber to help take them to the promised land. Now with all the talk about Cam Ward leading Carolina to the Stanley Cup last year, let's not forget that Gerber was the one who backstopped the Hurricanes to the postseason in the first place. In 60 games last season (the most he's started in his career) Gerber recorded an impressive 38-14-6 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. A flu bug kept him off his game in last year's playoffs, and he should have a chance to prove himself again this year in the postseason. The signing of Gerber puts Ray Emery in an interesting spot. He didn't look out of place starting down the stretch last year in place of Hasek, and many were expecting him to take the No. 1 spot. If Emery keeps up his performance, we could be seeing a very good No. 1 and 1A tandem.

Defence: There is only so much salary cap money to go around, and after re-signing soon-to-be-free agent Wade Redden the Senators had to let go of dominating defenceman Zdeno Chara. That does not, however, mean that the team is worse off along the blueline. With new additions Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing, the defence has a new dimension of play that places emphasis on speed and puck control. Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov still provide a very steady defensive presence, while Andrei Meszaros played with a maturity beyond his years. The rookie defenceman played a smart positional game every night and tallied 39 points and a +34 rating in 82 games.

Forwards: The trio of Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza carried the attack on most nights, usually while playing on the same line. That leaves the team looking for more secondary scoring, especially after losing forwards Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski. Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and new acquisition Dean McAmmond should be good for about 50 points each. Youngsters Patrick Eaves and Antoine Vermette will be expected to improve on their totals from last year. Chris Neil and Brian McGrattan never back down from physical challenges and should provide plenty of room on the ice for the Senators' more offensively gifted forwards.

Welcome to the NHL: Centre Alexei Kaigorodov looks he's ready for a shot at the big club, even without a transfer agreement between the NHL and Russian Ice Hockey Federation. Reports say GM John Muckler wants him penciled in as a possible second-line centre this year. Ottawa's second-round pick in 2002 played on a line with Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora on Magnitogorsk Metallurg during the NHL lockout and scored 15 goals and 33 assists in 57 games.
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