The Ottawa Senators are bringing back some toughness.
It was announced today that the Sens have re-signed a pair of pugilists — David Dziurzynski and Mark Borowiecki — who spent last season with the Binghamton Senators.
Dziurzynski, a 23-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., has spent the majority of the last three seasons with the Binghamton Senators after coming to the team as an undrafted free agent. A 6’3″, 205 lb. enforcer, Dziurzynski has amassed 259 penalty minutes over his 201 career regular season AHL games, along with racking up 68 points (21-47) over that time.
A part of the 2010-11 Binghamton Senators team that won the Calder Cup, Dziurzynski suited up for 14 games during that postseason, adding three assists. His new deal with the Senators is for just one season, and Dziurzynski will have to make an impact to stay with the team for an extended period of time.
Sadly, most know Dziurzynski for being on the bad end of a fist from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Frazer McLaren that resulted in him being out cold and missing game action for an extended period.
Borowiecki, who has re-signed with his hometown Sens, was a fifth-round pick of the Senators in 2008. The former Clarkson University (NCAA) captain has spent the last two seasons playing for the Sens top affiliate, and had a cup of coffee in the majors. However, in his eight games in the NHL, Borowiecki has been held scoreless.
In 159 games in the AHL, Borowiecki has put up decent numbers for his role, scoring ten goals, and assisting on another 29. On top of that, over his AHL career, the defenceman has racked up over 300 PIM.
Also a member of the 2010-11 Calder Cup team, Borowiecki suited up in 21 games with Bingo during their run and contributed to the tune of two assists.
The Kanata, Ont., native will be on a two-way deal next season, but come 2014-15, the deal will become one-way as he looks to make his mark in the NHL.