Hainsey signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with Ottawa on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
At 38, Hainsey will be one of the oldest players in the NHL in 2019-20, but he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down over the past two years, putting up back-to-back 23-point campaigns while appearing in 161 of a possible 164 regular-season contests with the Maple Leafs. The 14-year veteran will likely step into a middle-pairing role with the Senators this season and should be able to crack the 20-point threshold for a third straight campaign.
Hainsey was back at Monday's practice after he was held out of Saturday's game against the Canadiens due to rest, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Hainsey -- who was held out of the regular-season finale -- was back at it Monday alongside Morgan Rielly on the Leafs' first pairing. The 38-year-old was able to produce 23 points in 81 games this campaign. He was also a force on the defensive side, racking up 91 hits and 144 blocks.
Hainsey won't take part in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Canadiens for rest purposes, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Don't worry, Hainsey can still claim a clean bill of health for the entire 2018-19 season, as Saturday will mark his first game missed and it comes in the form of a rest day with the playoffs around the corner. He will finish off the regular season with 23 points -- five goals and 18 assists -- through 81 games and should be back in the lineup for the first game of the playoffs.
Hainsey scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
After a scoreless opening period, it wasn't until 12:28 of the middle frame that this one got its first goal, coming courtesy of Hainsey, who, for just the second time in his career, scored with his team down a man. The 37-year-old blueliner is enjoying a good run of late, picking up four points over his past five games. In 67 appearances, Hainsey has five goals, 20 points, and leads the league with a plus-37 rating.
Hainsey practiced with Morgan Rielly on Wednesday on the top Toronto pairing.
The switch actually happened mid-game Tuesday in a win over the Avs. Hainsey had lost his top-pair gig to newcomer Jake Muzzin when he arrived, but he looked comfortable back with Rielly on Tuesday. He won't help you from a fantasy perspective, and this may not last. Either way, the Leafs' blue line seems to be in flux again.
Hainsey continues to log heavy minutes among the Leafs' top four defenders.
At 37, Hainsey is probably a little long in the tooth to be logging up to 22-23 minutes a night on the top pairing. But coach Mike Babcock likes his game. Hainsey acts as a ballast for the smooth-skating Morgan Rielly, so don't expect much offense. He has a modest four goals and 12 assists in 48 games this season.
Hainsey chipped in an assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
The 37-year-old continues to produce modestly from Toronto's back end, as he's now up to 13 points in 40 games. Owners in leagues that score plus/minus will be more interested in Hainsey's fantastic plus-22 rating, which is the fifth-best mark in the league.
Despite taking a puck to the face in Thursday's practice, Hainsey should require no further medical treatment other than stitches, which are already in place, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Hainsey can be deployed as normal for Saturday's road game against the Wild. The veteran is getting it done on both ends of the ice, adding three goals and eight helpers to complement a plus-16 rating over 26 games and 19:47 of average ice time.
Hainsey took a puck to the face during Thursday's practice, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
With a few days before the Maple Leafs' next contest, Hainsey will have time to recover and should be available versus Minnesota on Saturday -- although no official reports have come out from the team regarding his status. In the event the veteran blueliner does miss time, Martin Marincin or Justin Holl figure to slot into the lineup.
Hainsey picked up two assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the Devils.
He also chipped in two shots, three blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating. Hainsey hasn't posted more than 26 points in a season in nearly a decade, but the veteran defenseman is thriving alongside breakout star Morgan Rielly on the Leafs' blue line, scoring two goals and eight points through 16 games so far.
Hainsey (undisclosed) will play Saturday against Winnipeg, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
The veteran defenseman was injured Wednesday and forced to leave the game. The added days off certainly helped Hainsey in his recovery and as a result, he will be in the lineup for Saturday's home contest against the Jets. Through 10 games, the 37-year-old blueliner has two goals and two assists.
Hainsey was injured late in Wednesday's game against the Jets, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Fortunately, Hainsey will have Thursday and Friday to rest up before the Maple Leafs return to action, but clarification regarding his injury and a timeline for return should be established in the coming days. If both he and Travis Dermott (illness) are unable to suit up Saturday, Justin Holl may be in line to make his season debut for Toronto.
Hainsey scored an empty-net goal Thursday in a 5-3 win over Detroit.
It comes on the heels of Tuesday's two-point effort (one goal, one assist). Hainsey is not known for his offense, so chalk this up as a great week and wish him well.
Hainsey notched four goals and 23 points while posting a plus-12 rating in 80 games this campaign.
The 37-year-old blueliner averaged 21:52 of ice time per contest in 2017-18, and was a key member of Toronto's penalty-killing unit. Hainsey won't produce enough offense to be considered a desirable option in most season-long fantasy formats next year, but the Maple Leafs will be happy to have him back as an important veteran presence on their blue line.
Hainsey (illness) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Bruins, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports.
Hainsey has missed two consecutive games due to the illness, but he was aiming for a Saturday return against the Bruins. He's hit that target and will retake the ice, looking to build off of the 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) he's recorded over 51 games as part of an impressive Maple Leafs attack. He will pair with Morgan Rielly (arm), who is returning from an injury of his own.
Hainsey (illness) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Bruins, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Hainsey's illness will keep him out of Thursday's matchup, but he's apparently made enough progress to put him in a probable position for Saturday. More information on him should surface over the next couple of days, confirming the blueliner's status for the contest.
Hainsey (illness) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Islanders, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
With Hainsey unavailable, Justin Holl will draw into the lineup and make his NHL debut against the Islanders. The Maple Leafs are right back at it Thursday against the Rangers, so Hainsey may be in danger of missing multiple contests due to his illness.
Hainsey (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's clash with the Islanders.
If Hainsey's unable to go, the recently recalled Justin Holl will draw into the lineup against the Islanders. The veteran blueliner's availability for Wednesday's contest likely won't be determined until the Maple Leafs take the ice for pregame warmups.
Hainsey is currently on pace for his best offensive season since 2008-09.
His 14 points in 34 games project to the low 30s; he had 39 points in 2008-09. Hainsey has never been a big offensive guy, but his steady production makes him relevant in deep leagues.
Hainsey scored his second goal of the season and added a helper in Friday's win over Carolina.
Hainsey came up big against his former team and finished the night with 23:57 of ice time. Hainsey logs some heavy minutes and has put together a solid 12 points in 24 contests. His lack of power-play time hurts his fantasy value, but Hainsey's solid plus-7 rating and prominent role make him of value in deeper leagues. Don't buy into the hype too much, however, as Hainsey isn't typically known for his offense and the last time he recorded over 20 points was 2009-10. Know what you're getting.
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