Chris Phillips entered the final season on his contract as a player in flux. Not really considered a top pair defenseman any longer, it was to be seen where he would fit in the lineup and if he would still be a Senator at the end of the season.
Due to struggles by the likes of Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch, Phillips played more than anyone expected, finishing up at just under 20 minutes per night. He even got substantial power play time later in the season as the Senators looked for answers.
For a blue line that struggled so much, Phillips was a minute eater, and was a great mentor for young Cody Ceci after he was called up mid-season.
- Avoided being dealt and signed a 2 year contract extension at the trade deadline.
- Played his 1,100th game in a Senators uniform and now sits at 1,143. He should pass Daniel Alfredsson‘s 1,178 this season barring injury
- Missed 12 games due to injury
- His 1 goal tied a career low
Phillips will begin his 2 year contract extension next season. His cap hit is a respectable $2.5M
Chris Phillips’ contributions cannot continue to be around the 20 minute mark, and the Senators need the younger blueliners to step up. Still, he is like having a coach on the ice and his experience in game situations is invaluable.
GRADE: B+ : He had to do more than expected, and although the results weren’t always favorable, one thing you could never question was his commitment and effort.