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Sens ink Chris Wideman to a one-year, two way deal

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The Ottawa Senators have signed pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Wideman to a new one-year two-way deal. The contract will pay Wideman $600,000 at the NHL level and $400,000 in the AHL.

The 25-year-old appeared in 75 games for the Binghamton Senators last season scoring 19 goals and 42 assists to go along with 116 penalty minutes. He led all AHL defensemen in assists, points and shots on goal (213).

Wideman won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman in 2014-15. He was also named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blue liner was originally a fourth-round selection (100th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in 2009.

Sens ink Claesson to a one-year, two-way deal

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The Ottawa Senators have come to terms on a one-year, two-way contract extension with defenseman Fredrik Claesson the club announced.

The deal will pay Claesson $600,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 in the AHL.

The 22-year-old set a career high for goals (four) and games played (76) while playing with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in 2014-15. The Stockholm, Sweden native was awarded Binghamton’s “Top Defenseman” award following the 2013-14 season when he recorded a career-high 29 points in 75 games.

Claesson finished the 2013-14 season second among all AHL players with a plus-37 rating.

In 221 AHL games, over three seasons, the 6-foot, 205-pound blue liner has seven goals, 49 assists and 132 points to go along with 132 penalty minutes and a plus-35 rating.

Ottawa selected Glaesson in the fifth round (126th overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft.

PHT Morning Skate: Darling delivers a belt-worthy performance

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After a 42-save performance in relief of Corey Crawford in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators, goaltender Scott Darling received the team’s player of the game belt from captain Jonathan Toews.

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The Hockey News looks at who on each of the 16-playoff teams deserves the Stanley Cup first after commissioner Gary Bettman hands it to their respective captain. (THN)

During Wednesday night’s Binghamton Senators’ 6-5 overtime victory against the Utica Comets, Jacob Markstrom and Peter Mannino squared off in a good old goalie fight. The two combined for 36 minutes in penalties.

Patrick Kane delivers pizzas to a local Chicago fire hall as part of the Blackhawks’ “What’s your goal” contest.

PHT Morning Skate: Ducks’ Patrick Maroon the latest guest on ‘Between Two Zambonis’

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon recently joined teammate Ryan Kesler on the latest installment of ‘Between Two Zambonis’. The pair discussed Maroon’s celebrity look a likes and even took shots at captain Ryan Getzlaf’s hairline.

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“I wake up in the morning and wonder what I’m going to do besides work out” – Tom Sestito discusses the diminishing enforcer role in hockey. (The Globe and Mail)

Top prospect Dylan Strome had a six-point game Sunday to win the Ontario Hockey League’s scoring title. (Yahoo)

The Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets develop D-Men down to a science. (NHL.com)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Kael Mouillierat used a lacrosse-style move to open the scoring against the Binghamton Senators on Sunday:

Sixteen seasons. 22 teams. Zero NHL games. But the passion never left Frank Littlejohn. (The Hockey News)

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo discusses the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon:

Report: Todd Bertuzzi suffered a knee injury in AHL game

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Todd Bertuzzi’s attempt at a comeback may have taken a blow.

According to TSN Radio’s Ian Mendes, Bertuzzi suffered a knee injury in Binghamton’s 5-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old was a minus-3 in the loss to the Phantoms and has failed to register a point in two AHL games with the Ottawa Senators’ affiliate.

Bertuzzi signed a professional tryout with Binghamton on Jan. 12.

In 1,159 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames Bertuzzi has 314 goals and 770 points.