The Ottawa Senators have officially signed restricted free agent Shane Pinto to a one-year contract valued at $775,000.
This decision, announced on Friday, precedes Pinto’s eligibility to return from a significant 41-game suspension due to a breach of the league’s gambling protocols.
Shane Pinto Signs One-Year Contract with Senators Post-Suspension
Before the suspension, Pinto was in negotiations for a contract with an Average Annual Value (AAV) of $2.5 million, a testament to his value on the ice. Despite the setback, the team’s commitment to Pinto is evident in this new deal, signaling confidence in his contributions to the squad’s dynamics.
Senators’ interim head coach, Jacques Martin, has confirmed Pinto’s participation in the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Flyers, marking a pivotal moment in his professional journey.
Last season, the 22-year-old center showcased his prowess by scoring 20 goals and amassing 35 points over 82 games, his inaugural full season in the NHL. His performance not only cemented his role within the team but also highlighted his potential as a key player in the league.
Pinto’s suspension in October, for “activities related to sports wagering,” was a jolt to the Senators, especially as investigations cleared him of any allegations regarding betting on NHL games. The suspension period, coinciding with contract negotiations, put both Pinto and the Senators in a precarious position. However, this new contract signifies a fresh start and a mutual commitment to moving forward with focus and determination.
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