Ottawa Senators sign Andrew Hammond to three-year, $4.05M contract

National Post

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a US$4.05-million, three-year contract.

Hammond, whose spectacular late-season run got the Senators into the playoffs, will make $1.2 million next season, $1.35 million in 2016-17 and $1.5 million in 2017-18.

The “Hamburglar” will count $1.35 million against Ottawa’s salary cap over the length of the deal.

Hammond made his first NHL start at the age of 27 in February, then went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage to lead the Senators on an improbable run to the playoffs.

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The Surrey, B.C., native went 0-2 with a 3.44 GAA and .914 save percentage in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens before being replaced by Craig Anderson.

Hammond’s 23 regular-season starts were a big enough sample size to earn him a contract.

“Fire up the grills,” Hammond wrote on Twitter. “Excited to be coming…

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