Ottawa Senators lock up Christian Wolanin for two years

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 20: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Christian Wolanin (86) waits for a face-off during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on March 20, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 7-4. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 20: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Christian Wolanin (86) waits for a face-off during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on March 20, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 7-4. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Ottawa Senators have this week locked up promising defenceman Christian Wolanin to a new two-year contract.

The Ottawa Senators have decided to keep left-handed blueliner Christian Wolanin around for another two years after his impressive spell with the club this past season.

The 24-year-old son of former NHL defenceman Craig Wolanin played 30 times for the Senators in the regular season, registering four goals and 12 total points during that stretch.

Wolanin’s new two-year deal will hold a cap hit of $900,000, with the first year being a two-way deal.

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If Wolanin sticks around on Ottawa’s roster, as he is expected to, his salary in the NHL will be $800,000 in his first year but would drop down to $100,000 if he is sent back down to Belleville.

In his second year, Wolanin will earn $1 million on a one-way deal, with the team clearly believing that the left-hander will have a firm grasp on the roster.

Wolanin was a fourth round (107th overall) selection by the Ottawa Senators at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, being drafted from the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL.

After being drafted, he decided to take his development to the University of North Dakota, a programme that has become a real favourite of the Senators organisation with the likes of Jacob Bernard-Docker, Jonny Tychonick and Shane Pinto all following the same path.

Wolanin, who was born in Quebec City while his father was playing for the Nordiques, earned a spot on Team USA’s roster for the IIHF World Championships this past spring.

The American blueliner had a strong season in the AHL, with 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 40 games while also showing real promise during his time in the NHL.

The future looks bright for the 6-foot-2 defenceman and with the Ottawa Senators entering an important rebuild, Wolanin will have a real opportunity to secure a place in the team’s top six in 2018/19.

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