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Senators sign Hale, Lessard

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 3:27 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Senators sign Hale, Lessard
The Ottawa Senators Wednesday signed defenseman David Hale and forward Francis Lessard to one-year, two-way contracts.

Hale, 29, skated in 39 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10, recording 4 assists and 25 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four contests for the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, scoring once and adding an assist.

Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils with their first pick (22nd overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft, Hale has played 302 NHL games with New Jersey, the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay, registering 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) while accumulating 236 penalty minutes. He has recorded two points (two assists) in 17 NHL post-season games.

Lessard, 31, spent the the 2009-10 season with the Phoenix Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, recording two goals and two assists while accumulating 289 penalty minutes in 61 games.







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