‘Dauggy’ has his day, signs one-year deal with Senators

One day before they were headed to arbitration, the Ottawa Senators gave forward Kaspars Daugavins the one-way contract he was looking for.

‘Dauggy’ has his day, signs one-year deal with Senators

One day before they were headed to arbitration, the Ottawa Senators gave forward Kaspars Daugavins the one-way contract he was looking for.

The deal is for one year and worth $635,000.

Assistant general manager Tim Murray said both sides were happy to avoid arbitration.

“I think both sides got a number they thought was fair,” he said.

“You don’t have to go through the process of criticizing a player that you want in your organization, and he doesn’t have to hear that.

“So it’s good to get it done and to get it done at a number that we like, and they obviously like the one-way contract.”

The Senators, who now have 13 forwards on one-way contracts, would have preferred to sign Daugavins to a two-way contract, because it would have paid him a lower salary for playing in the AHL.

But after playing 65 games for the Senators last season, and only seven in Binghamton, Daugavins, 24, believed he had proved himself to be a full-time NHL player.

The Senators obviously had their doubts. While Daugavins was useful during the regular season, he played just one game in the playoffs.

As well, with a number of new players vying for spots this fall, Daugavins, mostly a fourth-line player, may find himself getting squeezed out.

The Senators will be in the same position with centre Jim O’Brien, who also signed a one-way contract last week.

Murray said Daugavins will have to be ready to play hard and be a responsible player defensively when training camp opens. If he’s ready to do that, then “maybe his role can grow.”

With the signing of Daugavins, there is only one restricted free agent left to deal with: Forward Stephane Da Costa.

He will also be looking for a one-way deal, but will have a little more trouble making the argument after spending 46 games in Binghamton last season and only 26 in Ottawa.

Murray said he didn’t see any problems arising that would prevent a deal from getting done sooner rather than later.

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