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McEachern Given Two-Year Deal


Ottawa Senators speedy left wing Shawn McEachern, who was second on the team in scoring last season, was awarded a two-year contract Tuesday by an independent arbitrator. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old McEachern opted for arbitration on Aug. 7 and the team requested a two-year deal. He is coming off a season in which he had 24 goals and 48 points in 81 games for the Senators, who shocked the New Jersey Devils in the opening round of the playoffs. His point total also set a new team single-season high for a left wing, a record formerly held by Sylvain Turgeon (43, 1992-93).

In his second full season with Ottawa, McEachern led the club with eight power-play goals while adding two shorthanded goals. He also led the Senators with four playoff assists, playing in all 11 postseason games.

McEachern was named to the 1998 U.S. Olympic team because of his speed and ability to kill penalties. He also played in the 1992 Olympics.

McEachern began his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992. He was traded to Los Angeles in 1993, but was shipped back to Pittsburgh later that season. He was traded from the Penguins to Boston just prior to the 1995-96 season.

Ottawa acquired McEachern from Boston two years ago in exchange for Trent McCleary and a third-round draft pick.

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