OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the signing of four players to contracts. The club signed 2005 first-round pick Brian Lee to an entry level contact, while agreeing to two-year deals with forwards Danny Bois and Jim McKenzie, and a one-year deal with defenceman Matt Carkner.
Lee, 21, was Ottawa's first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2005 entry draft. The native of Fargo, N.D., recently completed his second season at the University of North Dakota, where he set career highs in assists (24), points (26) and penalty minutes (69).
Bois, 24, spent the 2006-07 season with the Binghamton Senators, scoring 14 goals and adding 13 assists while leading the team with 153 penalty minutes. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native made his National Hockey League debut during the 2006-07 season with Ottawa, playing in one game and recording seven penalty minutes.
McKenzie, 23, was Ottawa's first fifth-round draft pick (141st overall) in the 2004 entry draft. The St. Paul, Minn., native spent last season with the Michigan State Spartans of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. McKenzie set career highs in goals (12), assists (18), points (30), while adding 56 penalty minutes.
Carkner, 26, signs with the Senators after spending last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 75 games with the Penguins, he scored six goals and added 24 assist for 30 points while recording 167 penalty minutes.
The Winchester, Ont., native was Montreal's second-round draft choice (58th overall) in the 1999 entry draft. In 2001, he signed a free agent contract with the San Jose Sharks, spending the next five seasons with the AHL's Cleveland Barons. Carkner made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season, recording one assist and two penalty minutes in one game with San Jose.
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