The Ottawa Senators have taken care of a piece of important business on Wednesday and reached an agreement with defenseman Victor Mete, thus avoiding arbitration. Mete has signed a one-year contract at $1.2 million and will be back in the lineup trying to improve on a short run with the Senators that showed he’s got a lot of potential and could be an important piece in their rebuild.
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Mete was one of the 17 players who filed for salary arbitration earlier this week. He’s the first one to avoid having to go that route to work out an agreement instead. GM Pierre Dorion said of the new deal: “Victor was a really solid addition to our defence corps over the last month of the season last year.” He added, “He’s mobile, poised and defensively aware. We’re looking forward to seeing his progression in our lineup in 2021-22.”
Progression is probably the key term here. This is an opportunity for Mete to show what he can become. A player that never really got a fair shake with the Montreal Canadiens, Mete moved on and joined the Senators via waivers last season. He only played in 14 games, but he started to play in an elevated role with more responsibility. The hope is that he can continue to take steps. This deal will allow him to do so.
Mete is of smaller stature but a smooth skating two-way defenceman. He’s not known for a booming shot, but he can shut down the opposition fairly effectively and considering he’s got less than 200 games on this NHL resume. He started playing on the penalty kill for the Senators and say a bit of time in all situations.
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