|Senators forward Peter Regin was one of the team's strongest performers during the Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in April (Getty Images). |
The Ottawa Senators beat the clock to keep Peter Regin
in the fold.
Less than 18 hours before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, general manager Bryan Murray announced that the Senators had reached agreement on a new two-year contract with Regin, one of the team's top young forwards. The signing was a relief to both sides.
"We’re happy to settle," said Murray. "Arbitration is always tough for both sides. The player hears things that he doesn’t necessarily want to hear and in turn, the organization has to fight for their rights as well.
"We like Peter, we think he’s a real good prospect going forward. We’re happy if he’s happy. Obviously, we want to be fair. Hopefully, he comes in and has a great couple of years for us."
Regin, too, expressed satisfaction with signing a second contract with the Senators.
"I’m happy that it’s all done and we didn’t have to go to arbitration," Regin said from Toronto, where he was in place for Friday's scheduled hearing. "I think both sides wanted to get it done before (the hearing). You don’t want to go to arbitration. I didn’t want to go there and I don’t think Ottawa wanted to and we got an agreement.
"I think both parties are happy about the contract. At least I’m very happy about it. Now I’m just looking forward and I’m happy about the deal. I’m excited about getting back there for training camp."
In an interview with the Team 1200, Regin called his new contract "a fair deal."
"You always want to get what you’re worth but at the same time, I really wanted to go back to Ottawa," he said. "I had the feeling that both parties wanted to get something done all the way through. I’m happy we did that now. I’m very excited about going back there and I think we’ll have a good team next year. It should be a good year."
Certainly, Regin will be one player in position to ride a wave of momentum into the 2010-11 campaign. The 24-year-old native of Herning, Denmark, was one of the Senators' top performers in their first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring three goals. The biggest one came with Ottawa facing eliminaton in Game 5, a game-tying tally in the third period that set the stage for a triple-overtime triumph by the Senators in the longest game in franchise history.
"You always want to get what you’re worth but at the same time, I really wanted to go back to Ottawa. I had the feeling that both parties wanted to get something done all the way through. I’m happy we did that now. I’m very excited about going back there and I think we’ll have a good team next year. It should be a good year." - Peter Regin
"It was nice to finish strong," Regin told the Team. "I got the opportunity to play with good players at the end there. I was lucky because some guys got hurt and that probably helped my personal success. I was happy about the finish ... I felt good about my game going into the summer.
"I’ve worked hard this summer to gain some weight and hopefully, I’ll be even stronger coming into camp.
That strong finish carried over to the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Germany, where Regin play and leadership helped Denmark reach the quarter-finals -- it's best-ever finish at the tournament. Along the way, he produced a highlight-reel goal
that became a YouTube sensation.
"We had the best tournament Denmark has ever had," said Regin. "It was great for the country and it was great for hockey in Denmark that we could compete with most of the teams. Against Russia, we lost 6-1, but otherwise we played good games against every team. We beat three teams that were ranked higher than us."
During his first full season with the Senators, Regin produced 13 goals and 29 points in 75 games. He's eager for even better things in the season to come.
"I’m looking forward to next year," said Regin. "I think we have a good team, a better team than last year, and it’s going to be exciting."
The Senators have yet to reach an agreement with defenceman Chris Campoli, whose arbitration hearing is set for Wednesday in Toronto.