OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the club signed defenceman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
"We have talked about our desire to bring in quality veterans to help our younger players on their development path and Ron fits that role perfectly," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "As a defenceman, Ron can play both sides and is an excellent penalty killer, but we feel he'll be equally valuable to our team as a leader and a professional to mentor our current group."
Hainsey, aged 38, scored five goals and added 18 assists for 23 points in 81 games while recording a team-best +30 for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He averaged 20:15 of time-on-ice per game and 2:50 per-game on the penalty kill. He suited up for all seven of Toronto's playoff games last season.
A native of Boulton, Conn, Hainsey was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (13th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft. He won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins following the 2016-17 season.
In part of 16 NHL seasons with Montreal, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh and Toronto, he has scored 58 goals and added 241 assists for 299 career points in 1,068 career games.
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