Senators pick up defenceman

Mike Lundin signed a one-year contract with the Senators Sunday. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters file photo)

Mike Lundin signed a one-year contract with the Senators Sunday. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have dipped into the free agent market.

The club has agreed to terms with 25-year-old winger Guillaume Latendresse. He was troubled by concussion issues last year and played only 16 games.

He told the Minny Star Tribune recently he was fine.

They also signed 27-year-old defenceman Mike Lundin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract .

He had an injury-plagued season with the Wild last season. He missed the first 23 games with a back injury and the final 25 games with a lower body injury.

"I'm very excited. Absolutely. It happened early. They showed interest and I'm extremely excited that I'm going to a great city with a good opportunity," Lundin told the Sun from Minnesota.

Lundin said he had surgery in March to fix a sports hernia. He said he is fully recovered.

"I'm totally recovered. I feel healthy. I'm healthy for the first time in awhile and I'm ready to go," said Lundin. " Lundin spent the previous four previous seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, recording four goals and 29 assists in 224 games. He played 18 playoff games for the Lightning during the 2010-11 season, recording two assists.

The club learned it has lost C Zenon Konopka. He signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. Konopka will get $850,000 in the first year and $1 million in the second.

The Senators need defencemen after letting Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner and Matt Gilroy test free agency.

Carkner agreed to a three-year, $4.5 million deal with the Islanders. That's double what he made last season and significantly more than the one-year, $750,000 deal the Senators offered him.

Kuba signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Florida Panthers. That was the same team that drafted him to the NHL in 1995. He had a plus-26 rating last season.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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