The Ottawa Senators are continuing their raid of Switzerland this off-season. First, the Senators brought aboard coaches Guy Boucher and Marc Crawford, both of whom had spent the past several seasons in the Swiss NLA, and Ottawa added to their former Swiss league contingent Tuesday when they announced the signing of Tom Pyatt.
Pyatt’s one-year, two-way deal carries a cap hit of $800,000 when he’s up with the Senators. The contract signals Pyatt’s return from a two-year stay in the Swiss NLA. He spent both seasons with Genève-Servette HC and had two stellar seasons, scoring 22 goals and 62 points in 92 games with the Swiss club.
You can be sure that the 29-year-old’s play overseas, where both Boucher and Crawford saw him on a regular basis, helped Pyatt land the deal in Ottawa. Senators GM Pierre Dorion said as much in a release.
“He has already accumulated a significant amount of experience at both the American and National Hockey League levels and provides us with solid depth at forward,” Dorion said. “Having spent his last two seasons playing professionally in Switzerland, members of our coaching staff are familiar with his versatility. We’re looking forward to seeing him in training camp.”
Pyatt’s not exactly a stranger to the NHL, having spent five seasons bouncing between the big league and AHL before departing for Switzerland. He was a regular in the Lightning lineup from 2011-12 to 2013-14 and had spent two years with the Montreal Canadiens prior to singing with Tampa Bay.
In 245 career games in the NHL, Pyatt racked up 27 goals and 54 points. While those aren’t exactly jaw-dropping offensive totals, the Senators will likely bring him in for bottom-six duty and use him as a penalty killer. One of the best aspects of Pyatt’s game is his speed, and he’s an affordable player to help fill out the third or fourth line in Ottawa. He’s a disciplined player, too. He only has 43 penalty minutes in his NHL career.
The two-way deal also opens up the option for the Senators to drop Pyatt down to the AHL, if need be. Pyatt has played 156 career AHL games, scoring 32 goals and 83 points.