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Sens re-sign Patrick Mullen

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has re-signed defenceman Patrick Mullen to a one-year, two-way contract. Mullen was acquired from Vancouver at the trade deadline in exchange for Jeff Costello.

From the official release...

Mullen, who turned 28 earlier this month, was acquired by Ottawa from Vancouver in exchange for forward Jeff Costello on March 4. Upon assignment to Binghamton (AHL), the Pittsburgh native recorded 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) and 12 penalty minutes over 20 contests with the B-Sens. He earned two assists while appearing in each of the club’s four post-season games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Prior to being acquired by the Senators, Mullen had appeared in 46 games with Vancouver’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets, registering 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and 23 penalty minutes. His 20 points saw him lead Comets defencemen in scoring at the time of the trade.

Undrafted, Mullen was originally signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent on April 3, 2009, following a four-season collegiate career with the University of Denver (WCHA). He has since recorded 102 points (28 goals, 75 assists) and 128 penalty minutes over 248 career AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, Chicago Wolves, Utica and Binghamton

Sens GM Bryan Murray had this to say about Mullen being re-signed by the team...

We were really happy with Patrick’s play after his acquisition at the trade deadline. He moves the puck well, provides leadership and is the type of player and person we like having in our organization. Patrick not only serves as a talented defenceman at the AHL level, we also feel that he provides us with quality depth and the ability to play NHL games should the opportunity arise.

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