Binghamton could land Cowen

Here’s a thought for Senators fans to ponder when considering the likelihood of an NHL lockout: how dominant might Jared Cowen be in the American Hockey League?

Cowen, who scored five goals and 12 assists in his solid rookie season with the Senators in 2011-12, will be headed to Binghamton — playing for new B-Sens head coach Luke Richardson — if a new CBA can’t be reached between NHL owners and players. Cowen is headed into the second season of his three-year entry level contract with the organization and if there’s no big-league hockey, Cowen could see as much as 25-30 minutes of ice time in the minors, playing in all situations.

It wouldn’t be an entirely new experience for Cowen, who played 10 games for Binghamton during their run to the Calder Cup in 2011, registering four assists and establishing himself as a regular top four defenceman. With a full year of NHL experience, the 6-5, 230-pound Cowen would likely be a dominant performer, especially considering that Binghamton features a smaller ice surface than most AHL arenas.

In related news, Jakob Silfverberg has told a Swedish newspaper that if there is a lockout, he’ll let the Senators decide where he should play: either in Binghamton or back in the Swedish Elite League,¬†where he is the reigning MVP in both the regular season and playoffs.

 

 

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