Hossa, Senators reach deal

Marian Hossa followed the lead of fellow teammates Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara and re-signed with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Hossa, 22, agreed to a three-year, $8.5 million US contract.

The restricted free agent winger will be counted on heavily because last year's leading scorer, Alexei Yashin, was traded to the New York Islanders on June 23.

Hossa was second in team scoring with 32 goals and 75 points last season and, in three seasons with Ottawa, has 76 goals and 162 points in 226 games.

The smooth-skating Slovak sat out the first two weeks of training camp, but worked out in Europe.

"We're looking forward now to starting the season with all our players signed," said Senators general manager Marshall Johnston, who stressed the importance of having all players attend pre-season training camp.

"There's an obvious distraction when players aren't around," he said. "That situation is amplified at the beginning of a season and the high incidence of injuries of players who miss training camps is scary."

Ottawa opens the regular season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre next Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, CBC).