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Ottawa signs Wiercioch — three years, $6 million

Jul 22, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenceman Patrick Wiercioch to a three-year, $6 million contract, the club announced today.

Wiercioch was a restricted free agent coming off an impressive rookie season. With 19 points in 42 games, the 22-year-old finished second among NHL rookie defensemen in points, behind only Justin Schultz (27) in Edmonton.

While Wiercioch’s deal may seem a bit rich in relation to, say, Jake Muzzin, who just signed a two-year, $2 million extension with the Kings, it may still end up a bargain — especially in the latter part of the contract — if Wiercioch continues to improve and the salary cap rises.

Wiercioch was Ottawa’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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