Senators Sign Erik Condra

This afternoon the Ottawa Senators announced the re-signing of 24-year old rightwinger Erik Condra to a two-year deal (reportedly 625k/year; his rookie contract paid him 800k/year).  Condra remaining with the organisation is no surprise, although some are dismayed that it’s a one-way deal for two years.  A smaller (5’11), intelligent player, Condra spent the bulk of the last two years playing in Binghamton after four successful years in the NCAA at Notre Dame (159-48-110-158, twice a CCHA champion).  He was named Rookie of the Year for Binghamton in 2009-10 and was a key member of the team this past season (55-17-30-47)–there’s little doubt that he helped Jim O’Brien and Roman Wick improve their play.  Once Bryan Murray began to trade players away Condra was called up and spent a quarter of the season in Ottawa (26-6-5-11), where his versatility was evident.  He can play in all situations and makes the players around him better.  The concern with Condra is his lack of footspeed and his size, but I think the latter is overblown.

There’s no questioning Condra’s work ethic.  As a seventh round pick (7-211/06) and an undersized player it would have been easy for him to find excuses and not make the successful jump into the pro game.  Instead, like Colin Greening (another seventh round selection), he’s continually worked on his game to get better (repeatedly thanking Randy Lee, head of Player Development for the Sens, with helping his game).  How will he handle a full season in the NHL?  Only time will tell, but he’s a quality player and individual and there’s no questioning the effort he’ll give.

According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun the next RFA to be signed is Bobby Butler (http://twitter.com/#!/SunGarrioch/).

Condra’s interview today on The Team: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150715917210585&oid=254660295467&comments

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