The Ottawa Senators announced that they’ve signed Scott Sabourin to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal carries a cap hit of $700,000, with an AHL salary of $100,000.
News Release: #Sens sign forward Scott Sabourin to a one-year, two-way contract: https://t.co/ve8tMgYC6u— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 27, 2019
Communiqué : Les #Sens accordent un contrat d’un an à deux volets à l’attaquant Scott Sabourin : https://t.co/WqgVkIGFjB pic.twitter.com/5ABqrvnwCq
Sabourin, a 27-year-old right-winger, was originally brought into training camp on a professional tryout. After surviving a few rounds of cuts, the Senators seem to be pleased with what they’ve seen, officially bringing him into the organization. The Senators are Sabourin’s hometown team, being born and raised in Orleans.
Head coach D.J. Smith already some familiarity with Sabourin, as he was behind the bench for the Oshawa Generals in 2012-13, where Sabourin was playing at the time. He’s since bounced around the AHL, racking up 77 points and 646 penalty minutes in 308 games.
If that stat line wasn’t already evident, Sabourin is a grinder, who is not afraid to toss the body. He’s landed in trouble because of his playing style before, being suspended by the OHL for twelve games in 2011 for checking to the head, and suspended by the AHL on two occasions. Per HockeyFights.com, Sabourin has dropped the mitts 52 times over the course of his AHL career.
In an interview with TSN 1200, Sabourin offered the following quote:
“The Sens are in a bit of a rebuild right now, obviously, and they’ve got a lot of young players. I think it’s important to protect your investments, so that’s where I maybe come in handy.”
Sabourin has already been imbedded into Sens lore for this moment in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Auston Matthews absolute savage move checking out Scott Sabourin's nameplate pic.twitter.com/Umy806h9X4— Sens Prospects (@SensProspects) September 19, 2019
Still in the Senators’ lineup, Sabourin is one round of cuts away from making the NHL opening night roster. The Sens play the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow to wrap up pre-season, then face Toronto for the season opener on Wednesday, October 2nd.