Ottawa Senators sign Scott Sabourin to one-year contract

OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ben Harpur (22) and Ottawa Senators right wing Scott Sabourin (49) grapple in a fight during first period National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ben Harpur (22) and Ottawa Senators right wing Scott Sabourin (49) grapple in a fight during first period National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Ottawa Senators announced this week the signing of Scott Sabourin to a one-year contract with the organisation ahead of the 2019/20 season.

After impressing management during the preseason, Scott Sabourin has earned himself a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Sabourin came to prominence during pre-season after his altercation with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, also dropping the gloves against former Senators blueliner Ben Harpur.

According to the Sens’ official release, Sabourin will earn $700,000 while playing with the NHL team, dropping to $100,000 if he is sent down to the AHL.

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For Sabourin, who has survived the latest round of training camp cuts, he has an opportunity to make his debut in the NHL and play a role in the show for the very first time in his career.

The 6-foot-3, 207lbs winger is likely to play a role on the fourth line, using his physicality to help protect the team’s younger players, in a similar way that Toronto utilised Matt Martin a few seasons ago – something that head coach D.J. Smith clearly appreciates from his time with the Sens’ Ontario rivals.

Sabourin’s signing is clearly a significant moment for the 27-year-old, with a legitimate opportunity to feature in NHL games while also representing his hometown team.

The veteran AHLer, who has 308 regular-season appearances and 646 penalty minutes in the minors, hails from Orleans – a suburb of the Canadian capital, making the opportunity to play for the Senators holding even more significance.

If Sabourin can use his size and physical style of play to help the Ottawa Senators get through the next season fairly unscathed, then he will have had a successful season by his standards and could even find himself given another opportunity to stick around, with a wave of young players expected to make the jump up to the NHL next season.

If he isn’t able to be effective enough early on, he may find himself sitting in the press box or even sent down to the AHL once again, ending his dreams of remaining in the NHL.

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What do you think Sens fans? How well will Sabourin handle his opportunity to play in the NHL? Will he stick around for the whole season or will he find himself back in the minors? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!