The Senators announced earlier today they had re-signed left winger Nick Foligno to a two-year deal worth $2.4 million Wednesday. Foligno, 22, is coming off his third season with the Senators. In 61 games, the former 2006 first-round pick had nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points while struggling to find his niche on the team, because of a knee injury and a broken leg.The Buffalo native has 32 goals and 35 assists for 67 points in 187 NHL regular-season contests while recording 132 penalty minutes, all with Ottawa.
With this signing, only two other players remain unsigned for the Senators. Peter Regin and Chris Campoli are scheduled for arbitration hearings later this summer.
The Senators now have about $4.5 million of cap space available for the upcoming season with 20 players under contract. They are likely done on the free agent market as they don’t have much cap space to deal with, even if they are rumored to be interested in UFA left-winger Paul Kariya.
Finally, Thursday, Jason Spezza, who hosted his annual golf tournament in Ottawa, took some time to answers some questions from the media about his future in Ottawa (from Sens Chirp):
- At no point did he ever demand a trade. He was emotional at the end of the year and said, if you want to move me, move me. Murray told him he wasn’t going to move him.
- Spezza was just sick of all the trade talk every summer. Priorities are here in Ottawa. He wants to be here.
- Wishes the conversation would have stayed between the two of them. Didn’t want to fuel the rumours by making a statement and didn’t feel the need to address it any further.
- He’s focused on winning here and becoming a better player.
- Was a little bit hurt by the response from the fans. Understands that with the good comes the bad but his emotions got the best of him late in the season after the playoff elimination.
This all but seals the deal on a Jason Spezza rumors. Spezza wants to stay in Ottawa and he has a no-trade clause…
Ottawa depth chart as of July 21st, 2010:
Xtras: Zach Smith, Roman Wick, Jared Cowen
Xtras: Brian Lee, David Rundblad
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