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July 03, 2006

OTTAWA (CP) -- The Ottawa Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Spezza to a two-year, $9 million contract on Monday.

The 23-year-old had 19 goals and 71 assists for a career-best 90 points last season, which placed him third on the team in scoring.

"We feel that he's a great asset to our organization," said Senators GM John Muckler. "We're happy to have him aboard."

Spezza was selected second overall by the Senators in the 2001 draft and has spent his entire career with the organization.

While playing for Binghamton of the AHL during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, Spezza led the league and scoring and was named MVP.

He carried that momentum into this season, in which he earned $1.1 million US.

Spezza says he was happy to get the contract negotiations over with quickly.

"I think it's great to have it done early," Spezza said. "It shows the confidence they have in me to get a deal done so soon."

In 179 games, he has 48 goals and 118 assists for 166 points.
 
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