Senators sign trio to one-year deals

The Ottawa Senators, parent club of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, today announced they have signed center Steve Martins, left wing Brett Clouthier and defenseman Tomas Malec to one-year contracts.

Martins, who served as the first captain of the B-Senators during their inaugural 2002-03 AHL season, has played parts of five seasons in the AHL during his 10-year pro career. In 192 games with Worcester, Binghamton, Grand Rapids and Springfield, Martins has recorded 40 goals and 92 assists for 132 points.

In 2004-05, Martins played with JYP Jyvaskyla of the Finnish Elite League. The 33-year-old native of Gatineau, Que., collected 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 54 games.

Martins has collected 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 career points in 263 NHL games with Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Carolina/Hartford and the New York Islanders.

Defenseman Tomas Malec was an AHL All-Star as a rookie during teh 2002-03 season.

Malec, 23, skated last season with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL. The Skalica, Slovakia, native picked up four goals, 14 assists, 18 points and 104 penalty minutes in 66 games.

A third-round draft pick by Florida in 2001, Malec participated in the AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie in 2003. He has totaled 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points in 170 career AHL games with Cincinnati and Lowell.

Over parts of two seasons (2002-04), Malec has played in 43 NHL games with Carolina, earning two assists and 45 penalty minutes.

Brett Clouthier has accrued 619 penalty minutes in four AHL seasons.

Clouthier, 24, joins the Senators organization after picking up four assists and 168 penalty minutes in 46 games with Albany (AHL) in 2004-05. In 221 games with the River Rats over the past four seasons, Clouthier has amassed 619 PIM to go with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points.

The Ottawa native was New Jersey’s second-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.