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Senators: Matthew Joseph in Ottawa for the next four seasons

Senators: Matthew Joseph in Ottawa for the next four seasons

Matthew Joseph agreed to a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. He will earn an average annual salary of $2.95 million.

The Senators acquired Joseph last season when they replaced striker Nick Paul to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had finished the season strong, netting four goals and 12 points in 11 games in Ottawa.

“Matthew had an immediate impact and was well integrated into the group,” Senate CEO Pierre Dorion said in a statement.

“He is a very fast skater, has a nice touch around the net and plays responsibly in defense.”

Last season in 69 games with Senator and Lightning, Joseph scored 12 goals and added 30 points.

In the fourth round of the Lightning selection in 2015, Joseph scored 41 goals and added 41 assists in 232 matches at the Bettman Arena.

Before becoming a professional, Joseph played four seasons in QMJHL with Saint John Sea Dogs. He notably won the President’s Cup in 2017.

Last season, Joseph served the final year of a two-season contract that earned him an average annual salary of $737,500.

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