• Sens' Methot To Require Surgery

    News: Marc Methot will require offseason surgery to address a bone chip in his elbow, TSN.ca reports.
    Analysis: Marc Methot, who also is slowed by a foot issue and hip-flexor injury, is set to undergo an MRI on his elbow before going under the knife. The blueliner, who missed the first two months of the season with a back issue, was a key contributor in the Senators' second-half turnaround, as reflected by his plus-22 rating over 45 games. He'll never be a huge source of offense for the Senators, but his solid play on the back end certainly doesn't go unnoticed by the organization, which rewarded Methot with a four-year contract extension in February.
  • Sens' Methot Sets Up Two In Win

    News: Marc Methot registered two assists and went plus-3 in Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs.
    Analysis: Marc Methot has now compiled a plus-6 rating over his last two games, vaulting him up to plus-17 for the season. The blueliner's return in January from a back injury has fortunately coincided with the Senators' vastly improved play since that time, which explains the impressive plus/minus mark. He should continue to be an asset in that category, but the point production figures to remain more scarce, as he typically plays more of a shutdown role to complement Erik Karlsson's free-roaming, puck-moving game.
  • Sens' Methot Crystallizes In Win

    News: Marc Methot scored a goal, added an assist and went plus-3 in Thursday's victory over Montreal.
    Analysis: A rare offensive outburst for the blueliner, who still has only eight points in 29 games this season -- but he has gone plus-12, and he offers some value in leagues that count hits and blocks.
  • Sens Ink Methot To Four-Year Extension

    News: Marc Methot has agreed to a four-year extension with the Senators. According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the deal has an AAV of $4.9 million.
    Analysis: The contract also includes a modified 10-team no-trade clause, per the organization. Marc Methot's contributions generally come in the defensive zone, as he's chipped in 28 points over 92 games since the start of last season.
  • Trio Of Assists For Sens' Methot

    News: Marc Methot gathered three helpers and two PIM in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Coyotes.
    Analysis: Marc Methot was largely at fault for the Sens falling into an early 1-0 hole, as he failed to catch a puck in midair that Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek scooped up for the score. However, Methot more than atoned for his error, tying his career high for points in a game while finishing as the leading scorer on the afternoon. The three-assist more than doubled Methot's point production from the other 10 games he's played this season.
  • Sens' Methot Claims Assist

    News: Marc Methot claimed an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
    Analysis: Finally healthy after missing most of the season with back issues, Marc Methot has settled in on the Sens' top defensive pairing with Erik Karlsson. While there, he's played his usual stay-at-home role, as he's produced just two points and seven shots on goal in his nine games. Most of his contributions will likely come in the form of hits and blocked shots.
  • Sens' Methot (Back) Set To Play Thursday

    News: Coach Dave Cameron said that Marc Methot (back) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Avalanche.
    Analysis: With Marc Methot experiencing no setbacks with his persistent back injury following his recently-completed conditioning assignment in the minors, he'll draw in for just his third appearance of the season. His shutdown abilities on the blue line have been missed by the Senators, but Methot hasn't ingratiated himself with fantasy players over his career due to his lack of offensive ability.
  • Sens' Methot (Back) Returns From Conditioning Work

    News: Marc Methot (back) has returned from a conditioning assignment and will practice with the Senators on Monday, but won't play Tuesday according to Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen.
    Analysis: Marc Methot reported to AHL Binghamton on Friday to start a conditioning assignment, and apparently the results were pleasing. He has played in just two games with the Senators this season due to back issues, but could be in line to return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Avalanche. The team also reassigned Chris Wideman to AHL Binghamton in a corresponding move, leaving Methot as one of only seven defensemen on the roster.
  • Sens' Methot (Back) To Get Conditioning Work

    News: Marc Methot (back) will report to AHL Binghamton on Friday to begin a conditioning assignment, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
    Analysis: Marc Methot will play for Binghamton in Saturday's game before the team determines his next step. The blueliner has been limited to just two games this season, as the back issues have been bothering him since training camp.
  • No Timetable For Sens' Methot

    News: Coach Dave Cameron said Friday that Marc Methot aggravated his back injury and is without a timetable for a return, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports.
    Analysis: This wasn't unexpected news after the Senators returned Marc Methot to injured reserve Monday, just over a week after he made his season debut. Methot missed over two months with the back injury the first time around, so it wouldn't be a major surprise if an absence of a similar length of time is in store for the blueliner again.