Ceci inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with Toronto on Thursday.
Ceci was acquired by the Leafs from the Sens as part of the Nikita Zaitsev trade. The Ottawa native joins a revamped blue line that also added Tyson Barrie, Ben Harpur and Kevin Gravel during the offseason. The 24-year-old tied his career best 26 points last year and should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark this year.
Ceci joins Toronto from Ottawa, along with Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick, in exchange for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carcone.
Ceci set a career high last season in assists (19) and matched his best point total (26) from 2015-16. The defender was a minimal factor on the power play for the Sens, but could find himself taking on a more predominant role with the Leafs. With a more high-powered offense around him, the 24-year-old could push for the 30-point mark this year.
Ceci was given a qualifying offer by the Senators on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Ceci is the biggest fish in the Senators' restricted free agent pool and would earn $4.3 million under the terms of his qualifying offer. After putting up seven goals, 19 assists and 132 shots this season, ithe team should want to lock him up for longer term. The move is likely precautionary in order to avoid losing the blueliner in free agency while the two sides work out a more permanent deal.
Updating a previous report, Ceci (upper body) will play against the Panthers on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Ceci initially wasn't projected to be in the lineup, but the latest report from Garrioch specifically labels the defenseman as being active against the Cats. Ottawa's 15th overall pick from the 2012 draft has produced six goals and 24 assists to complement 108 hits and 133 blocked shots for a well-rounded fantasy profile this season.
Ceci (upper body) is set to miss Thursday's tilt versus Florida, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Ceci has been out of action for the Sens' previous three games and will now miss a fourth as a result of his upper-body issue. The blueliner will no doubt be eager to get back into the lineup before the end of the season, as he needs just three more points to set a new career high. In the meantime, Ben Harpur should continue to see increased minutes in Ceci's stead.
Ceci (upper body) has been ruled out for a third straight game Tuesday against the Sabres, Craig Medaglia of NHL.com reports.
Ceci didn't participate in morning skate, but coach Mar Crawford suggested afterward that he's "improving." The sixth-year blueliner is nearing a career-high mark with 24 points through 68 games, but he'll need to avoid missing time down the stretch to surpass his 26-point total from 2015-16.
Ceci (upper body) is not expected to be available against Edmonton on Saturday, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Ceci is set to miss a second game due to his upper-body issue, with no clear indication from the team when he might be ready to return. The Sens will get Thomas Chabot (toe) back in the lineup, which will help mitigate the loss of the 24-year-old Ceci. If the Ottawa native can get healthy soon, he might still have enough time to top his 2015-16 production (26 points) and set a new career high.
Ceci (upper body) won't be in the lineup versus Calgary on Thursday.
Ceci was forced out of Wednesday's tilt with Vancouver and will now sit against the Flames. The Senators recalled highly-touted prospect Erik Brannstrom from the minors, and he will slot into the lineup in Ceci's stead. The 24-year-old Ceci needs just three more points to set a new career high, but will need to get healthy soon to make that happen.
Ceci exited Wednesday's road game versus the Canucks with an upper-body injury.
Ceci skated 4:59 in the contest before departing, and was officially ruled out for the game by the Senators during the second period. He also had an early exit from the morning skate in Vancouver, but was deemed well enough to play. It's unclear if the two exits are related.
Ceci will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Calgary, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Sunday is obviously the Senators' last game before Monday's trade deadline and they'll hold Ceci out for precautionary reasons. If he's still in Ottawa after the deadline, he should be in the lineup against the Capitals on Tuesday.
Ceci dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-0 win over Anaheim.
Ceci snapped a five-game point drought with this effort, but he's still in search of his first goal in the 2019 calendar year and has lit the lamp just once since Nov. 17. The blueliner posted a plus-2 rating in this one as well, bringing his season mark to minus-17.
Ceci picked up two assists while adding seven blocked shots, three hits, one shot and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
The blocked shots were a season high for Ceci, but he's been very active in his own zone lately, recording at least three blocks in five straight games. The 25-year-old blueliner isn't typically known for his offense, but he has five points (all helpers) in the last seven games while remaining on pace for triple-digit hits and blocked shots for the third straight season.
Ceci scored once on three shots Friday, but he was still saddled with a minus-3 rating in a 6-3 road loss to the Islanders.
Despite potting his fifth goal of the season, Ceci was unable to thwart a punchy Isles attack that rallied from behind and ended up producing five unanswered goals. The second-pairing defenseman logged a game-high 26:07 of ice time, with an upper-body injury that forced Thomas Cabot out of the contest in the second period skewing his total. Ceci could return value in deep fantasy leagues if Chabot's injury transcends day-to-day status.
Ceci scored his third goal of the season to open the scoring Thursday, helping his team earn a 2-1 win over Detroit.
Ceci will never be confused with Erik Karlsson, but six points in 15 contests means he's not an offensive graveyard either. However, he's not consistent enough on the offensive end to be a viable play in season-long leagues. His fantasy value is limited to daily leagues, when an owner needs a cheap defensive option and is willing to take a chance on Ceci providing a point in order to afford a star elsewhere.
Ceci (upper body) will be activated off injured reserve and return to the lineup versus Colorado on Friday, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Ceci missed the last four games due to his upper-body issue, but his return could be well timed if Mark Borowiecki is suspended for any length of time due to his elbowing incident. The Sens previously sent Paul Carey down to the minors, so they won't have to make a corresponding roster move to activate Ceci.
Ceci (upper body) will not play Tuesday night against the Bruins, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
The Senators reportedly will roll with a 12-6 arrangement between the forward and defensive corps, which means there will be no spare skater at their disposal against the visiting B's.
Ceci (upper body) won't return until next week at the earliest, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.
This means Ceci won't play Saturday against the Canadiens, but he could, in theory, return Tuesday versus the Bruins. The defenseman usually plays a lot of minutes for the Senators, as he averaged 23:20 per game in ice time last year. However, other than his propensity to block shots, he doesn't do much to entice fantasy owners.
The Senators placed Ceci (upper body) on injured reserve Friday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Ceci presumably sustained his injury during Wednesday's 7-4 loss to Philadelphia. The severity of his condition remains unknown, but he'll miss the Senators' next two contests at a minimum. With Ceci sidelined indefinitely, Ben Harpur will likely step into the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Ceci recorded three blocked shots in Wednesday's 7-4 home loss to the Flyers.
Ceci has missed the scoresheet in all four games to start the season, but fantasy players should know that he's a heavy hitter with a penchant for blocking shots -- anything on top of that is a bonus. The Ontario native produced five goals and 14 assists without missing a game last season. Ceci went to salary arbitration in August, ultimately receiving a one-year, $4.3 million award.
Ceci was awarded a one-year contract with the Senators worth $4.3 million through arbitration.
The 2012 first-round (15th overall) draft pick had his contract settled following a 19-point (five goals, 14 assists) season in a full 82 games. In 2017-18, Ceci set career marks in ice time (23:20 per game), hits (163), blocked shots (171) and power-play points (five assists). He also saw his ice time on the penalty kill expand to a career-high 2:46 per game.
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