Former first round pick Matt Puempel was one of the lingering restricted free agents around the league who still didn’t have a deal in place for the upcoming season.
That changed on Friday afternoon, though, when it was confirmed that he had inked a new one year deal.
The Senators have brought the 23-year-old Puempel back for the 2016-17 season on a one year extension, worth $900,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level (per General Fanager). The deal will expire at the end of this coming season, after which the team and Puempel will need to renegotiate a new deal for the following season. They will do so with the forward as a restricted free agent once again.
A native of Essex, Ontario, Puempel played for the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and the Kitchener Rangers before going pro with the Senators organization back in 2013. He has spent his entire pro career within Ottawa’s system, where he will now remain for at least one more year.
The Senators still have a tough offseason ahead of them, despite getting this deal wrapped up. They are still in talks with pending restricted free agent Mike Hoffman, who has filed for player-elected arbitration after a second consecutive top-six forward season. Getting one more depth player inked, though – Puempel did put up two goals and three points in 26 regular season NHL games last year – is at least a step in the right direction for the Atlantic Division club.