After yet another disappointing home ice loss, the changes have started for the Ottawa Senators.
This morning, the club announced that they have recalled forward Mike Hoffman from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. With Hoffman coming up, the team also announced that both Mark Borowiecki and Derek Grant have been sent back down the Bingo.
Both Borowiecki and Grant have been solid in their time with the big club. Borowiecki brought a physical element to the team’s blueline that has been lacking so far this season. Meanwhile Grant had carved out a nice little spot for himself on the fourth line and as a reliable penalty killer. The news may come as a bit of a surprise considering the performance of Grant and Borowiecki but their two way contracts and the fact that they did not need to clear waivers to be sent down made them vulnerable.
Meanwhile in Hoffman, the Senators are adding a bit of offensive punch. Hoffman has racked up 26 points in just 21 games in the AHL and currently leads the BSens in scoring. Just last week Hoffman was named as Captain of the team down in Binghamton.
Hoffman will get a chance to produce too as MacLean had him skating on a line with Turris and Ryan at practice this morning. Marc Methot, who missed last night’s game with the flu, was the only player absent from practice today. Some pretty significant line juggling from Coach MacLean today. Here is how they were lined up.
MacArthur – Spezza – Zibanejad
Hoffman – Turris -Ryan
Michalek – Smith – Neil