The Ottawa Senators continue to add some depth for their partner in Binghamton by re-signing forward David Dziurzynski to a two-year, two-way deal, while adding veteran defenseman Aaron Johnson for a one year, two-way contract. That’s great news as both experienced players will help the young prospect’s that will be playing for the Binghamton Senators coming up in the fall.
The 6′ 3 left winger scored a career high 13 goals with 12 assists in 68 contests last season while finishing strong towards the end in helping the Sens claiming the East Division Title. I expect Dizzy’s big body will continue to rock The Arena along the corner’s and help produce points with him being the only senior player left and perhaps wearing the ‘C’ labeled across his left shoulder with current captain Mark Borowiecki’s departure.
The other signing is 31-year-old journeyman Johnson, which is a big boost to Binghamton’s blue line as he played in 291 NHL games over his 11 pro year career which saw him play for six teams, Columbus, NY Islanders, Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton and Boston. Aaron spent last season taking the ice in Hartford recording 4 goals and 36 assists in 75 games. Good on Ottawa signing another veteran which perhaps was influenced by head coach Luke Richardson’s presence in his signing, whom is entering his third season at the helm for Binghamton.
Selected in the third round in the 2001 draft by Columbus, Johnson ranked second amongst his club’s defensemen and fifth in scoring with 4 goals and 36 assists in 75 games. Binghamton fan’s might remember Johnson playing for rival Syracuse Crunch for three seasons, 2003 through 2006. Fallout of the signing looks to be the end of Alex Grant’s playing days for Binghamton, as the UFA might be heading for Europe.
This mysteriously leaves the absent of forward Derek Grant, as he is alive and well on his twitter account but hasn’t responded back to the Senator’s latest offer. Derek is the last piece of the puzzle in of all the recent signings Ottawa has made as the organization would undoubtedly like him back.
*Cover photo and insert courtesy of Alicia Strauch.