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Payroll is still below the salary cap floor

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--The Senators are still about $4 million shy of the salary cap floor, as it is under the expired collective bargaining agreement. But that's with a roster of 20 and not including another two or three players they should carry to start the season. Most likely to be added will be F Jakob Silfverberg ($900,000), F Mika Zibanejad ($1.7 million) and rookie D Patrick Wiercioch ($875,000) or Mark Borowiecki ($610,000). GM Bryan Murray is also still looking to add some veteran toughness in a trade.

--The Senators noted a "positive impact" at the ticket office the day Daniel Alfredsson announced he was putting off retirement for at least another year. The club said there was "a noticeable increase in call volume" and that Alfredsson's decision seems to have "re-engaged some of the season seat owners who had not yet renewed their seats for next season but are now looking to do so." At the end of last season, the Senators had the lowest season-ticket holder base (around 11,300) of any Canadian team. Their goal is to get the number to 13,000.

"I was just praying every night when I went to bed that he'd be coming back. It's awesome. It's something that gives our team a huge boost." -- C Kyle Turris, after his right winger, Daniel Alfredsson, announced he will return for another season.

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