The Ottawa Senators organisation have today announced a new one-year contract extension for forward Jack Rodewald.
The new two-way contract will see Jack Rodewald remain with the Ottawa Senators organisation for a fourth consecutive season, with the majority of his time coming with the team’s AHL affiliates in Belleville and Binghamton previous.
Since joining the Senators organisation back in 2016, Rodewald has made 187 regular season appearances in the AHL, registering 55 goals and 97 total points.
His performances in the minor leagues, along with the Senators’ roster rotation, has seen Rodewald make ten appearances in the NHL – though he has yet to earn a single point in the top tier.
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The 6-foot-3, 190lbs winger will most likely spend another season playing with the Belleville Senators but could find himself make sparing appearances for the NHL club depending on the team’s performances and management’s willingness to bring up younger prospects.
The 25-year-old’s deal will see him hold a cap hit of $725,000 should he feature on the NHL roster, while earning $100,000 while playing in the AHL.
Rodewald is just one of a number of restricted free agents that the Ottawa Senators are working on retaining this summer, with Cody Ceci, Christian Wolanin and Colin White all receiving qualifying offers recently – with longer-term deals still currently in the works.
Keeping Rodewald around is a sensible decision for the Senators organisation, keeping a decent AHL-level player around in the minors to provide some goalscoring as the team looks to push for a playoff spot after narrowly missing out in 2018/19.
This particularly signing isn’t likely to excite many, but it is a decent minor league move for the Ottawa Senators organisation and could potentially pave the way for the team to announce other free agent re-signings.
The opportunity to target unrestricted free agents begins next Monday (July 1st) and the Senators could certainly be big players with the team currently sitting $11.715 million below the cap floor.
What do you think Sens fans? Are you pleased to see Rodewald re-signed? Which other free agents should the Senators lock up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!