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Senators sign Derek Smith and Jeremy Yablonski

Wednesday, 07.29.2009 / 12:33 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators announced today they have signed defenceman Derek Smith and forward Jeremy Yablonski to one-year, two-way contracts. The club also announced the signing of forwards Keegan Dansereau and Brandon Svendsen to amateur tryout agreements.

Smith, 24, has been in the Senators organization since signing as an undrafted college-level player in April  2007. The native of Belleville, Ont., spent the 2008-09 season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, recording professional highs in games played (75), goals (seven), assists (17), points (24) and penalty minutes (49).

Yablonski, 29, originally joined the B-Sens in advance of the 2007-08 season and has led Binghamton in penalty minutes for the past two years with 228 and 215 minutes respectively. He also added one goal and two assists in 64 regular season games last season. A native of Meadow  Lake, Sask., Yablonski has played one NHL game, with the St. Louis Blues, and was held scoreless while recording five penalty minutes during the 2003-04 campaign.

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