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Senators sign defenceman Artem Zub to a two-year contract extension

by Sens Communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed defenceman Artem Zub to a two-year contract extension. The contract holds an average annual value of $2.5M and will see Zub earn $1.75M in 2021-22 and $3.25M in 2022-23.

Zub, 25, appeared in 47 regular-season games for the Senators after making his National Hockey League debut on Jan. 31 in Edmonton and registered 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in his rookie campaign. His plus-four plus/minus rating saw him rank second among Senators defencemen and fifth among all Ottawa skaters.

"We were very pleased with Artem's first season in North America," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He worked hard to establish himself as a reliable NHL player and is deservedly recognized as a top-four defenceman. Our expectation is that he'll only continue to improve while providing a solid presence on our blue line in the seasons ahead."

Having represented his country internationally on several occasions, Zub is expected to do so again at this month's 2021 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Latvia. He has previously won a gold medal as part of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at the 2018 Winter Olympics and bronze with Russia at both the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

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