Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Big (Z) signing 

The Senators organization was kind enough this morning to send dispatch of this wonderful development.

On the heels of last week's last-minute pre-arbitration signings of Chris Phillips and Peter Schaeffer, the Sens have avoided tomorrow's scheduled arbitration date with Zdeno Chara, signing him to a multi-year deal. More specific details on the financial ballpark and the multiple of years have yet to emerge. Presumably it's 2 years, at least 5 million per. Ah, the relative comfort of the Melnyk era. No need to pass the collection plate around the 300-level next year to make the signing happen.

Of the team's restricted free agents, only Martin Havlat has yet to sign. Hmmm...stay tuned. Once again, we turn to the wisdom of Yogi:

"It's deja vu all over again."