Senators sign forward Tom Pyatt to one-year, two-way contract

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OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Tom Pyatt on a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will carry an annual value of US$800,000 in the National Hockey League and $200,000 in the American Hockey League.

Pyatt, 29, spent the last two seasons playing with Geneve Servette of the Swiss-A League. He ranked fourth in team scoring last season with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 42 games.

The native of Thunder Bay, Ont., recorded 62 points (22 goals, 40 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 92 games over his two seasons in Switzerland’s top hockey league.

“We’re very pleased that Tom has committed to our organization for next season,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He has already accumulated a significant amount of experience at both the American and National Hockey League levels and provides us with solid depth at forward.

“Having spent his last two seasons playing professionally in Switzerland, members of our coaching staff are familiar with his versatility. We’re looking forward to seeing him in training camp.”

Originally drafted in the fourth round, 107th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2005 NHL draft, Pyatt has played 245 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists) and 43 penalty minutes. He has also has four points (two goals, two assists) over 26 NHL playoff games.

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