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Senators buy out Cheechoo's contract

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The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday the club has bought out the contract of forward Jonathan Cheechoo.

Cheechoo's contract was valid until the end of the 2010-11 season. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"Jonathan is a quality person and hockey player," Senators General Manager Bryan Murray. "We hoped that things would have worked out with the Senators. In the best interest of us both, we have decided to move on. We wish him all the best."

Cheechoo, 29, played in 61 games with the Senators in 2009-10, scoring 5 goals and 9 assists with 20 penalty minutes. He did not record a point in his one playoff contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 20. Assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, on Feb. 13, Cheechoo had 8 goals, 6 assists and 37 penalty minutes in 25 games.

The native of Moose Factory, Ont., was acquired in a trade on Sept. 12, 2009, from the San Jose Sharks along with Milan Michalek and the Sharks' 2010 second-round pick, in exchange for Dany Heatley.
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