The Ottawa Senators have kicked off their off-season today, signing pending RFA Patrick Sieloff to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Sieloff, a 24-year-old defenceman, has been playing for the Sens’ AHL affiliate for the last two seasons since being acquired in 2016 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Alex Chiasson.
Known for his gritty play, Sieloff has become somewhat of a household name amongst Sens fans for his infamous hit on Clarke MacArthur during the 2016 training camp, setting MacArthur back almost an entire season in his concussion recovery. This type of dirty play isn’t an outlier for Sieloff either, as he’s picked up 201 penalty minutes over the course of his 110 games between Binghamton and Belleville.
It’s no secret that Sieloff is well-liked within the Sens’ management. He was recently named the team’s top defenceman from the 2017-18 season, and has been given top minutes next to Erik Burgdoerfer. His offensive contribution has been especially poor, although his physical style has earned him a pass from his coaches. He’s been a staple to the B-Sens’ penalty kill, although considering the team has finished in the bottom four in PK% in each of the last two seasons, some red flags should definitely be raised.
Sieloff also managed to receive an NHL call-up near the end of the 2017-18 regular season, and scored a goal in his single game stint. He accomplished the same with the Flames in 2015-16, cementing him for now in trivia folklore as one of only five players with to score at a goal-per-game pace with more than a single tally.
The extension gives Sieloff an NHL salary of $700,000, although he’ll likely spend most of the season in the AHL. His salary there will pay him $125,000 in 2018-19, and $170,000 in 2019-20, a significant raise from his $90,000 salary last season.