Checking in From Halifax- Zibanejad Signs, D. Smith to Calgary

SensChirp July 13, 2011 0

(UPDATE 6:28 PM)- Another Binghamton Senator is moving on.  The Calgary Flames have signed defenceman Derek Smith.  Smith had 44 points with the BSens last year and appeared in nine games with the big club. Another tough loss for the organization.

(UPDATE 2:35 PM)- As I discussed in the blog below, the Sens have signed 6th overall pick Mika Zibanejad to a three year entry level deal.  Doesn’t necessarily mean Mika will be in the Sens line up next season but he will certainly have a chance to crack the line up out of training camp.

You gotta love free WiFi in airports.

Figured I would make a quick post from here at the airport in Halifax.  Going to be away from Ottawa for the next few days but I should be able to keep the site updated during that time.  Obviously we have entered a bit of a lull in Sens news but there are still plenty of topics to discuss.

One decision that will have to be made in the next few days it what to do with 6th overall draft pick, Mika Zibanejad.  According to multiple reports, the Sens have until Friday at 5:00 PM to sign him to an entry level contract. Otherwise he spends another season in the SEL.

Now obviously the Sens don’t wanna rush the kid but I get the sense that they will have him signed before that deadline.

There is a glaring hole in the Sens line up in that second line centre position and the club has indicated that if Zibanejad can get a little stronger this summer, he would have a chance to grab that spot in the line up.

His competition will come from Peter Regin, Stephane Da Costa and potentially Nick Foligno, should the Sens decide to switch Foligno to his natural position.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, I highly recommend you check out the latest 6th Sens podcast which includes an interview with Zibanejad. Really seems like a well spoken kid that is going out of his way to connect with the fan base. You can also follow him on Twitter, here.