The Ottawa Senators haven’t made a trade yet, but they have reportedly added some forward depth.
According to reports out of Switzerland, Chris DiDomenico will be leaving the Swiss League’s SCL Tigers to join the Sens immediately. The Swiss team’s president says DiDomenico’s new contract is a one-way deal for this season and a two-way deal for next year.
DiDomenico was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
After stints in both the AHL and ECHL, he moved to Italian side Asiago HC in 2012. He spent two seasons with them before joining the Tigers.
The 28-year-old has 10 goals and 28 assists in 48 games in Switzerland’s top division this season.
The move was an inconvenience for the Tigers, but they didn’t want to hold him back from making the leap to the NHL.
“From a sports point of view, the timing of this decision is highly unfavorable. For the SCL Tigers, the most important stage of the season is the (playoffs),” said the release. “Chris DiDomenico has nevertheless insisted on contract resolution to pursue his dream of the NHL.
“The board of directors of SCL Tigers therefore felt compelled to release Chris DiDomenico.”
Those who follow the World Junior Hockey Championships will remember DiDomenico from Team Canada’s 2008 roster, which won gold in the Czech Republic. He had two goals and five assists during the tournament.
It’s no secret that the Senators have been looking for forward depth for a while, but with the potential cost of a trade being so high, it looks like they’ve gone the Euro route in stead.
The acquisition of DiDomenico doesn’t mean Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion won’t acquire an NHL forward between now and Wednesday’s deadline, but maybe they aren’t as desperate as before.