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Sticking with Sens: Michalek signs $12M extension in Ottawa

Jul 1, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators stayed busy on Tuesday following the Jason Spezza trade, agreeing to a three-year, $12 million extension with UFA winger Milan Michalek.

Michalek, 29, rebounded from a serious knee injury to appear in all 82 games last year and steadily improve as the season progressed, finishing with 17 goals and 39 points. The Czech winger played some of his best hockey down the stretch, skating on a line with Spezza and Ales Hemsky while scoring 12 points over the final 19 games.

Of course, Spezza and Hemsky are no longer with the club.

Michalek just wrapped the final of a six-year, $26 million deal with a $4.33M annual cap hit, so he now gets half the term and slightly less money per year. That said, it’s worth noting he got a better (reported) deal than the one Ottawa offered Hemsky, believed to be a three-year, $10 million pact.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I would’ve tried to give him two but they needed to resign him with their lack of offensive/skill depth and someone else would’ve given him this if they hadn’t. Pretty solid producer but don’t know how much he has left in him, plus injuries are a legitimate concern.

    I feel bad for Bobby Ryan.

  2. President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    3 more years of losing in other words

  3. valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    He should have taken a discount and signed with Dallas.

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