Heading into this off-season, the Ottawa Senators had only five players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. The first of the group to be signed is Magnus Paajarvi, as today he signed a one-year contract extension.
News Release: #Sens sign forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year contract extension: https://t.co/d0wcquc2Nx— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) May 30, 2018
Communiqué : Les #Sens accordent une prolongation de contrat d’un an à l’attaquant Magnus Paajarvi : https://t.co/KLj7yD9QrG pic.twitter.com/x3w27HWAW4
Paajarvi, who was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues in January, was inserted into the Sens’ bottom six forward corps for the second half of the season. His smooth skating brought a bit of life into what was otherwise some lacklustre depth on the wing, scoring six times and adding two assists in his 35 games for Ottawa. Guy Boucher played him for an average of 12:19 per game at 5v5, his highest total since playing as a rookie for Edmonton in 2010-11. The former top ten pick was also used often on the penalty kill, playing a career-high 1:33 per game.
The one-way contract carries a salary of $900,000. Since Paajarvi is 27-years old, he is once again scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His salary has increased consistently over the last few years, going from $700,000 in 2016-17 to $800,000 in 2017-18, and now up to $900,000.
Welcome back, Magnus Paajarvi!