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Senators’ AHLer Keränen joins Jokerit

Finnish club Jokerit announced the signing of forward Michael Keränen from Ottawa on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old spent five years playing in the Finnish top tier Liiga before joining Minnesota as a free agent in 2014, spending the 2014-15 season with Iowa in the AHL where he registered 10 goals and 37 points in 70 games.

Keränen signed a one-year contract extension last summer, adding a further eight goals and 23 points in 45 AHL games this season, also playing in one NHL game for the Wild, before being traded to the Senators in February.

He registered four goals and seven points in 21 games for Binghamton before the end of their season.

The Finn was due to become a restricted free agent this summer, but will now join up with the Finnish KHL side for the 2016-17 campaign.

Jokerit finished top of the Bobrov Division, second in the Western Conference behind CSKA Moscow and third overall, this season before being surprisingly knocked out by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod at the Western Conference semifinal stage of the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

Keränen was the winner of the Lasse Oksanen Award in 2013-14 as the SM-liiga’s best player during the regular season, also winning the Golden Helmet as the league’s top scorer after registering 17 goals and 52 points in 52 Liiga games, scoring a league high six game winning goals.

This isn’t the first departure  from the Senators’ AHL team this offseason, either. Earlier this month, they fired their coach, Luke Richardson, who had spent four years with Binghamton, and nine years with the organization as a coach or player. Expect to see a very different Ottawa organization in the fall.

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