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Senators Sign Mark Fraser to Two-Way Deal

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Veteran depth signing prompted by Wikstrand suspension

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

When Bryan Murray announced the suspension to Mikael Wikstrand on Friday, he mentioned looking for a veteran d-man to bring in on a PTO to compensate the gap on the depth chart - that player ended up being Mark Fraser, though they skipped the PTO and went straight to a two-way deal.

The deal will see the Ottawa native earn $125k while in the AHL, and $800k in the NHL if he gets a call-up.

Let's be clear - this is a move to bolster the blue line in Binghamton, and reinforce the low end of the depth chart.

There was a lot of initial worry that this was a NHL level deal, so I would have that line blinking and scrolling if it wouldn't look absolutely terrible.

Fraser will bring some veteran NHL and AHL presence to Bingo and... well, not a whole lot else.

He doesn't put up points at all, really, but maybe he's got good advanced stats?

Maybe not.

Well, the good news here for Ottawa fans is that he's meant for the AHL. His value on the depth chart is that it gives the team one more D to call on to ice a complete lineup before having to make a panic trade if the injury bug bites hard.