Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sens sign Brad Isbister

According to MarketWire (via Kukla's Korner), Ottawa signed winger Brad Isbister to a one-year, two-way contract today. I assume, considering Isbister's limited effectiveness in the NHL in recent years and the current bumper crop of forwards the Senators already have signed, that this newest signing will be Binghamton-bound.

Isbister's ten-year career seen him with Phoenix, the Islanders, Edmonton, Boston, the Rangers, and Vancouver before signing with Ottawa today. He's got 222P (106G, 116A) in 541 NHL games, and has 44P (27G, 17A) in 63 AHL games. Definitely a solid depth signing, but I don't expect he'll be playing much NHL this season unless he turns a lot of heads in training camp.

Should Isbister be playing for Binghamton, that team will likely suit one of their best lineups in years. Isbister would likely be fighting for a top-six forward along with the legendary Denis Hamel, newly-acquired Ryan Shannon, Josh Hennessy, second-year pros Ilya Zubov and Alexander Nikulin, as well as youngsters Kaspars Daugavins and Peter Regin. And perhaps some of the other veteran forwards that are on the team. And let's not forget the defence corps that will now include Brendan Bell.

Somehow, I think Bryan Murray might be orchestrating a trade with one of the many forwards this team now has.
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