Sens ink Carkner, ready to unload McGrattan

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Matt Carkner's in, so Brian McGrattan's probably out.

The Senators signed Carkner, a 27-year-old rugged defenceman who spent last season with the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, to a two-year, two-way contract yesterday. That should spell the end of McGrattan's days with the Senators.

Sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray will try to deal McGrattan for a pick during this weekend's draft. Failing that, the Senators likely won't send McGrattan a qualifying offer by July 1, turning him into an unrestricted free agent.

Carkner will make $500,000 if he sticks with Ottawa next season. Carkner will make less if he's in Binghamton, but it's believed he'll get a chance to play with the big club when toughness is needed.


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