Longtime San Jose Shark Tommy WIngels would be traded to the Ottawa Senators close to the trade deadline as a depth option. He would suit up in 36 games with the Sens scoring 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points. He would not return to the Senators come free agency, signing in Chicago, and was later traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a fifth-round pick. He would sign in Europe at the conclusion of his contract and would announce his retirement on June 11th, 2020, mid-pandemic.
After starting his career in Ottawa, but then going to Boston, Chris Kelly would return to the Ottawa Senators ahead of the 2016-17 season, serving as the team’s fourth-line center for the whole season. In his return to Ottawa season, he would appear in all 82 games, and score 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points. He would not be re-signed at the end of the year, he would sign a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers but would be released from that PTO. He’d represent Canada at the Spengler Cup and would impress NHL teams. He would sign with the Anaheim Ducks and would play in 12 games, scoring 2 assists. He would retire, and join the Senators as a Development coach on September 4th, 2018. On August 2021, he was hired as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins, where he still is to this day.
The 2016-17 season would be the final season of Chris Neil‘s career. The enforcer would play in his 1000th NHL game on December 10th, 2016, where he would fight against Jordan Nolan of the LA Kings. Neil’s biggest moment of that season was when he fought against Tanner Glass in game 5 of the Second Round.
He would go on to be displeased with head coach Guy Boucher’s decision to deploy him quite less than he was used to, and it was announced that Neil would not be re-signed at the end of the season. He would receive offers from a handful of teams but would decide to retire as he would not want to play anywhere other than Ottawa. Since retirement, Neil coached his son’s ice hockey team, has opened a business called “Icelynd Skating Trails” in Stittsville, and was announced as Vice President of Business and Community Development for the Ottawa Senators in September 2022. Neil’s jersey was retired in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on February 17th of this past season. He will go down in history as one of the greatest Ottawa Senators.