Ottawa inks Stephens, Cullen

The Ottawa Senators, parent club of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, on Saturday signed centers Charlie Stephens and Joe Cullen to one-year contracts.

Stephens, 24, has spent most of the last three seasons in the AHL. He played 80 games for Binghamton in 2004-05, recording seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, and adding three goals in six postseason outings. In 223 career AHL matches with Binghamton and Hershey, Stephens has totaled 44 goals and 80 assists for 128 points.

A native of London, Ont., Stephens has appeared in eight career NHL games, all with Colorado. He was originally a second-round draft choice by Washington in 1999.

Cullen, 24, combined for six goals and 12 assists in 68 AHL games between Edmonton and San Antonio in 2004-05. He had 14 goals and 16 assists in 69 games as a rookie with Toronto (AHL) in 2003-04.

A product of Colorado College and a native of Moorhead, Minn., Cullen was a 2000 draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers.