Senators, Shane Pinto agree to 2-year, $7.5 million contract

By Ian Mendes, Chris Johnston and Lauren Merola

The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent Shane Pinto reached a two-year deal that carries a $3.75 million average annual value, the team announced Tuesday.

Pinto will receive $2.5 million this season and $5 million in 2025-26.

Pinto was handed a 41-game suspension in October after an NHL investigation determined he engaged in “activities related to sports wagering.” Pinto was allowed to rejoin the Senators at the end of January, and the team missed the playoffs with a 37-41-4 record.

In January, after the suspension, Pinto signed a one-year contract with a $775,000 salary-cap hit for this season. That deal was signed with the sole intent of getting Pinto back up and running this season. There was no consideration for a longer-term deal, until now.

Pinto had nine goals and 18 assists in 41 games played last season.

This story will be updated.

(Photo: Marc DesRosiers / USA Today)

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