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Senators sign defenceman Kristians Rubins to a one-year, two-way NHL contract

July 14, 2022

The Ottawa Senators announced on Wednesday that the team had signed defenceman Kristians Rubins to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League contract worth an average annual value (AAV) of $750K and $130,000 in the American Hockey League.

Rubins, 24, skated in 58 games for the Toronto Marlies during the 2021-22 campaign, tallying one goal, ten assists, and 24 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-shot blueliner also appeared with the Toronto Maple Leafs three times, making his NHL debut on December 7th, 2021, versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“He obviously is a big body, with good size and a strong defensive presence,” said Belleville Sens General Manager Ryan Bowness. “I really like the consistency in they way he utilizes his body and his stick to defend. I think he’ll be a vital piece in Belleville, where we’ve got some gifted offensive defenceman, so I think he can be a good compliment for those guys.”

The native of Riga, Latvia joins the Senators organization with a wealth of AHL experience that totals 142 games with four goals, 27 assists to his credit. Prior to joining the Marlies full-time the physical rearguard helped their ECHL affiliate, Newfoundland Growlers to a Kelly Cup title during the 2018-2019 season. Rubins has also been a consistent mainstay for Team Latvia on the international stage, most recently at the 2022 IIHF World Championship.

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