The Ottawa Senators have signed Colin Greening to a three-year, $7.95 million extension, the club announced on Monday.
Greening will carry an average annual cap hit of $2.65 million, a nice bump from the $816,667 he made on his previous deal (which, it should be noted, has one year left on it.)
The 27-year-old has been one of Ottawa’s most versatile forwards over the last two seasons, scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 2011-12 and 19 points in 47 games last season.
The former Cornell standout, taken in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, also finished third on the team in hits (122) last season and blocked 24 shots, third among all forwards.
The new deal will keep Greening in the Canadian capital through the 2016-17 season, which would make him one of the longest-tenured players on the roster.
Only Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson are signed past the ’16-17 season.
Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.
Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.
Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.
With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.
Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.
On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.
Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.
The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.
There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.
Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.