Regin signs one-year extension with Senators

Regin signs one-year extension with Senators

Injury plagued Ottawa Senators forward Peter Regin wants to “kind of prove myself all over again” to the organization.

That’s why Regin accepted a $200,000 pay cut on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract extension for the 2012-13 season.

The move came as somewhat of a surprise, considering that Regin had slipped into the background due to his injury history and the arrival of several promising prospects.

Regin, 26, who battled for the second line centre spot out of training camp last season, scored two goals and two assists in 10 games before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury. For the second time in less than a year, Regin needed surgery to repair damage in his left shoulder.

However, both Regin and the Senators insist that the surgeries were to different parts of the shoulder and unrelated to each other.

“My shoulder is feeling really good and I will be back to 100 per cent when camp starts,” Regin said Friday. “I’m going to stay here in Ottawa for most of the season, or at least the next two months. I’m going to start skating soon and it will be nice to get back on the ice and feel like a hockey player again.”

Regin was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Given that Mark Stone, Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad are among the young forwards expected to challenge for positions on the roster out of training camp, there was a belief that Regin might have to look elsewhere to continue his NHL career.

“We’re very happy to get Peter into the fold,” said Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray.

“He has had a tough two years with injuries, but when he was not injured, he was certainly a top nine forward (capable of playing on the top three lines), with good offensive skills.”

Murray likes the versatility in Regin’s game, believing that he can play on both the power play and in shorthanded situations. Regin is a natural centre, but he can also play on the wing if necessary. Murray also says that Regin’s skating ability makes a good fit for the style embraced by current coach Paul MacLean.

“It’s unfortunate (Regin) had no chance to play under Paul’s system,” he said.

After a strong playoff performance in 2010, Regin never found his groove during the 2010-11 season, losing his confidence and the trust of former coach Cory Clouston. He scored only three goals and 14 assists in 55 games, before that season came to an end due to a shoulder injury which required surgery.

He returned to training camp last September with high hopes and began the year in a fight with Stephane Da Costa to win the second line centre spot behind Jason Spezza.

Since then, though, the Senators depth at the centre position has improved significantly. Kyle Turris, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes last December in a trade for David Rundblad, has put his stamp on the second line centre spot.

Regin says he’s relishing the challenge of battling with all the young prospects.

“I’m very happy, very excited to be part of this team next year,” he said. “We had a good team this year and we’ll try to build on that. There were lots of young guys last year and new guys coming in. There are a lot of bodies to compete for the spots.”

Regin has 19 goals and 33 assists in 151 career games.

The Regin signing would appear to be good news for the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton. One way or another, it enhances the odds of a quality player being assigned to the minors following training camp.

It could also present options for the Senators on the trade front, perhaps giving them the opportunity to trade a forward or two in exchange for a defenceman. At his end of the season press conference last Saturday, Senators general manager Bryan Murray said the team was looking to add another defensive defenceman.

 

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