The Ottawa Senators have signed free agent and two-way forward Tyler Motte to a one-year contract worth $1.35 million for the upcoming season. This contract carries him through the 2022-23 season.
Senators have signed Tyler Motte. One year, $1.35M.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 14, 2022
New York Rangers Tyler Motte Finds New Team
Over his six-year NHL career, Motte has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Black Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, and the latter part of last season with the New York Rangers. He has put up 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 career points in 269 career games. He was originally drafted in the fourth round, 121 overall of the 2013 NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Last season he scored seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. He also added 22 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 44.6 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -5.7.
What This Means for the Future
Motte is one of the many late acquisitions for the Rangers during last season. Unfortunately for the injury-prone 27-year-old, an upper-body injury during Round One of the Stanley Cup playoffs hindered Motte’s ability to show his true impact on the team. The Rangers failed to have a sufficient salary cap to keep the two-way forward with the arrival of Vincent Trocheck and locking down multiple smaller contracts to keep a healthy roster.
Motte is a solid bottom-six forward. He will provide further center depth for his new team. While his physicality and power to clear the defensive zone will be an added dimension. He can also lend a hand on the penalty kill for an up-and-coming Senators tea.
This new contract shows the faith the Senators have in the Michigan native. It provided good value for money and will hopefully allow the team to process other contracts while bolstering their physicality. He helps fill a need at a relatively low price. General manger Pierre Dorion has made another solid offseason move.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 14, 2019