The Ottawa Senators signed the “other” Brodeur, Mike Brodeur, to a new deal according to TSN. The contract is a one-year, two-way contract, meaning the team is free to send him to the minors and call him up to the professional club whenever it needs to.
The 27-year old spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Binghamton Senators, where he posted a 13-13-2 record in 36 games with a 3.06 goals-against average.
He recorded a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage in three games in the NHL with Ottawa.
This doesn’t mean that Mike Brodeur is the future for Ottawa’s goalies, by any means.
Both Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire are signed through the 2010-11 season. Elliott had a solid, if unspectacular regular season but had an up-and-down playoffs. Leclaire was downright awful at times during the season but had a few high moments (particularly in helping Ottawa beat Pittsburgh in a triple-OT contest) in the postseason.
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Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.