The Sens announced today that the club has signed forward Colin Greening to a three-year contract extension. The 27 year old is entering the final year of a three-year contract signed at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Consequently, the extension takes effect beginning in 2014-15.
Greening overcame a slow start to the shortened 2013 season to finish his year with seven goals and 19 points in 47 games before a strong post-season. He was one of the Sens’ top performers in the playoffs, particularly against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he recorded three goals and an assist in the five game series, including the game winning goal in the second overtime of game three.
As a big winger who can move all over the ice, Greening has shown his versatility for the Sens, operating in both a shutdown and scoring role with proficiency. As one of the more battle-tested veterans on a suddenly very young Sens team, expect 14 to play a key role for the team going forward in multiple situations.
Sens TV spoke with Greening after he signed his extension. Here’s what he had to say…
On the extension:
Well first of all, thank you for the congratulations. It's great. Ottawa was the team that gave me my first big break and allowed me to come into the NHL and it's a great feeling to be able to sign on for three more years.
On the boost of confidence:
That I'm actually in their plans is great, it's gratifying for me and I hope that I can be the player they want me to be and help this team gain further success down the road.
On the pressure of a final contract year:
I knew it was a possibility and going through the summer and the negotiation process I did have that in the back of my mind, but I think both parties realized they wanted to get it done before the season started. It's a load off my mind and it will help.
On the excitement of 2013:
Building off of a big exciting win over Montreal and then a good learning experience against Pittsburgh in round two, it's all a learning lesson. I think on paper we have a relatively young team and those are all experiences that will help us down the road so we're looking forward to taking that experience into this season.
On his next steps for this season:
I consider myself as a player that has to be consistent day in and day out and whatever role they want me to play in, I'm comfortable doing that. If they want me to play with more skilled guys I can do that, if they want me to play more of a third or fourth line role I can do that as well. I consider myself a person that can be versatile but at the other end of that, you have to be consistent, you have to be able to complement other players and I think that's a role I want to take on and that's why I think we were able to reach an agreement. I'm excited to get going.
On his growth as a player since his entry-level deal:
I believe I'm just the sum of my experiences. My first contract, going down with Binghamton, playing those games and coming up, and then going back down to Binghamton for the Calder Cup run. These last couple of years, having Paul (MacLean) come in, having a new coach, it's been really exciting. For me it's been learning to play with different guys and having that confidence going into every single game. I'm hoping to take what I've learned and the experiences that I've gone through and use them over the next three years.
You can watch Colin's interview here below...
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