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Senators sign Locke

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Today the Ottawa Senators announced that they have signed center Corey Locke to a two-year, two-way contract.

The signing is a homecoming of sorts for Locke, 26, who had a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67’s, amassing 132 goals and 180 assists in three seasons.  He spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. Locke scored 31 goals and 54 assists for 85 points to finish third in the league in scoring last year, while recording 44 penalty minutes over the course of 76 games.

A four-time AHL All-Star, the 5-foot-9, 189 lb., forward has skated in 466 career AHL games in six seasons, tallying 141 goals, 252 assists, and 295 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, he led all AHL playoff scorers with 10 goals with the Calder Cup winning Hamilton Bulldogs.

Locke, who was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round of the 2003 draft, has played in four NHL games so far, three for the Rangers in 2009-10 and another for Montreal. In those games, he has been held scoreless.

A two-way contract is when a player has one level of pay for NHL play and a lower rate of pay for playing in the minors.

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