Senators Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent

The Ottawa Senators have brought back some goaltending depth, agreeing to a deal with restricted free agent netminder Kevin Mandolese. 

They've re-signed the 22-year-old to a one-year two-way deal that pays him $775,000 in the NHL and $110,000 in the minors. Seeing as his Qualifying Offer was $840K vs $70K, he agreed to take more salary in the minors and give back some NHL salary. Probably a good move on his part, as he'll head into next season far back in the depth chart, behind not only Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg, but others as well.

The 6'5" Mandolese got into three games at the NHL level this past season, including a sparkling debut in February, recording 46 saves in a Senators' 3-2 shootout win. That was the second-most saves in a victorious NHL debut since shots on goal began being tracked in the 1955-56 season.

In his three games overall, he registered a 3.29 goals against and a .916 save percentage for Ottawa. In the AHL, Mandolese played 17 games between the pipes, notching a 3.33 GAA and an .890 SV%. In the ECHL, he went 5-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .927 SV%.

Photo: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports