According to multiple reports on Twitter, the Ottawa Senators have signed tough guy Zenon Konopka to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700k.
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Konopka spent last season with the New York Islanders, and as you can see from his stats line above, scoring isn't exactly his forte; he was second in the league in fighting majors last season with 25, which made up a good portion of his 307 PIMs. Konopka is well-known in Ottawa, having spent four years as an Ottawa 67 in the OHL, and his popularity hasn't faded since those days. He is also another valuable member of the Zenate Reform, bringing yet another Z onto the Senators' lineup.
The Senators just got a lot tougher, and were already a tough team with the likes of Matt Carkner, Zack Smith, and Chris Neil all willing and anxious to drop their gloves, plus Francis Lessard on a two-way deal and expected to play in Binghamton. It may seem like overkill, but one things for sure: Few teams will be taking liberties with the Senators' young players and stars next season.