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Senators Sign College Free Agent Matt O'Connor

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Sens win college goaltending sweepstakes as O'Connor chooses Ottawa.

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The Ottawa Senators have signed sought after Boston University free agent goaltender Matt O'Connor to a two-year deal. The Sens faced stiffed competition for the former BU goalie's services from several teams including the Vancouver Canucks. The 23-year-old, Toronto native is 6'5" and 200 lbs.

O'Connor had a successful collegiate career. After three seasons in the OJHL and two in the USHL, he joined Boston University in 2012-13. Part of a juggernaut BU team which featured Jack Eichel this past season, O'Connor let in a truly bad goal in the final of the NCAA Divison 1 Frozen Four Final, which his team lost.

Bryan Murray shared some thoughts on O'Connor:

O'Connor had this to say about the signing:

It's a generic quote that could apply to any team in the league, but the Senators showed a willingness to go with Robin Lehner and Andrew Hammond (both products of the Ottawa system) so that might be an appealing factor for a college signing.

The question now remains, what to do with the logjam in the Ottawa crease:

With both Lehner and Craig Anderson signed to reasonable deals at the NHL level and with the Senators willing to negotiate with Hammond, Ottawa's surplus has led to speculation that a trade is in the works this summer. Lehner has been on the trade block this season and seems the likeliest candidate to be traded at this point. However, his health remains a concern.

What's Lehner's status?

How about that Hammond contract?