Senators News: July 22nd

-The Sens re-signed RFA Patrick Wiercioch today to a three-year deal where he’ll make 2 million per season.  The signing is no surprise and the amount seems fair value if Wiercioch continues to take his conditioning seriously.  The deal guarantees his spot on the roster (which ever never in doubt in my opinion) and slots him among the team’s top-four.

-The signing leaves Jared Cowen, Corey Cowick, and Stephane Da Costa as the RFA’s remaining to be signed.  There’s no reason to expect all three not to be re-signed, although there are a lot of rumours that Da Costa is on his way out (I wonder if he’ll go the European route if he can’t come to terms with Ottawa, although a trade would make more sense if he believes he’ll have a better opportunity at the NHL elsewhere).

Jason Chen offers a belated review of the Sens draft and does a solid job of detailing all the picks.  Nothing new for those of you who read the scouting reports I posted awhile ago (I’ve updated Quentin Shore, incidentally, having accidentally posted ISS’ report twice instead of including McKeen’s as planned), but it’s in a more condensed form so may be worth checking out for those who want to skim through.

-Minor Sens note: former 2010 draft pick Bryce Aneloski signed with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears.

-I’m working on a number of things at the moment, including updating my ever popular assessment of Bryan Murray as the Sens GM.  I hope to roll some of that out this week.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)