Negotiations for a new contract between the Senators and Ceci have hit an impasse, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. While it's clear that the Sens have no plans to part ways with Ceci, the two sides have stopped talking, leaving the possibility of a training-camp holdout on the table. The blueliner showed significant strides this season, setting or equaling career highs across the board. Ottawa sees his potential, but the 22-year-old may need to show more before getting the team to commit the big bucks.
Ceci was tendered a qualifying offer from the Senators on Monday. Ceci posted a solid third campaign with the Senators this past season, notching a career-high of 10 goals, while also matching a career-high of 16 assists. The Senators want to keep the 22-year-old with the organization, as he still has plenty of upside and has a chance to see an increased role next season. By extending a qualifying offer, the Senators can now match any offer Ceci receives on the open free agent market, meaning they'll have the upper hand in retaining his services.
Ceci finished the 2015-16 season with 10 goals, 16 assists, 18 PIM and a plus-9 rating in 75 games. Ceci basically set career highs across the board, except the blueliner tied his mark of 16 helpers reached last season. The 22-year-old didn't make an enormous jump (21 points to 26), but the prospect of seeing the 2012 first-round pick develop next to Dion Phaneuf for a full year should open the eyes of owners in deeper formats. That, and if there were a defenseman to model your play off of, Erik Karlsson would be the guy. The pieces -- and potential -- are there for Ceci to trend upward next season.
Ceci is headed to the World Championships to represent Team Canada, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Ceci finished the season extremely strong, notching five points -- two goals and three helpers -- in five of the last six contests. Overall, 10 tallies and 16 apples to go along with a plus-9 rating moves the 22-year-old into a positive direction with Ottawa, and now he'll get the chance to represent his country at the World Championships.
Ceci scored a goal and added an assist in 21:00 of ice time in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Panthers. Ceci has now tied his career-high in assists with 16. The blueliner has picked up points in four of his last five games. He continues to log high ice time minutes for the Sens and it's clear the want him in the game as much as possible. The 22-year-old has increased his point totals year over year ever since coming into the league. The Senators have some tough decisions to make in free agency, but Ceci is expected to be a high-priority for them heading into the offseason.
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