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Dorion talks Hammond extension

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens Assistant General Manager Pierre Dorion took some time to speak with Sens TV after the team announced that they had reached a three-year contract extension with goaltender Andrew Hammond.

On coming to terms on a contract agreement with Hammond:

It was a good process. Under the direction and guidance of Bryan Murray, both his agent and myself have had talks pretty much since the season ended and the talks got a lot more serious in the past week. We just felt that what Andrew accomplished here and his play we wanted to reward him with a three-year contract at what we feel is a good number. We have a goalie under contract now for another three years who performed well for the 25 games that allowed us to get in the playoffs.

On Hammond rewarding Hammond with the extension:

Without a doubt it's rewarding someone but it's also having him perform for the next three years. Andrew's only 27 years old so I think he's hitting his prime and having a goalie under contract for the next three years is something that we're really looking forward too.

On the team's depth in goal:

It's a great problem for us to have. No team ever wins without good goaltending and that's a fact that every hockey fan knows. Having someone like Matt O'Connor who's one of the better younger goalies that was a free agent, having Andrew Hammond signing, we have a kid named Marcus Hogberg over in Sweden and the goalies we have on our just helps us having a lot of assets at that position.

On the depth driving competition:

We'll have good internal competition at the NHL level. Whoever our two goalies are next year, we'll also have good competition at the American League level with Matt O'Connor and Chris Driedger battling it out.

Updates on the team's other free agents:

We've made contact with all our restricted guys either by phone or text, Hoffman, Chiasson, Pageau, Stone and Zibanejad. We've also made contact with Erik Condra's agent that at some point we'd like to make an offer. We just have to do some things up here as far as the number of bodies to make sure there's always a fit.

The Senators reported that Hammond's extension has an average annual value of $1.35 million ($1.2M, $1.35M, $1.5M).

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