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Sources: Nate Thompson signs with Ottawa

A division rival gets bigger and grittier with this fourth line signing.

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While the league continues to trend towards speed and skill, the Ottawa Senators made an add for physicality and size.

Thompson has been in Anaheim the last three seasons, but playing less and less games. In only 30 matches last season, he has one goal and one assist, but had a 53.06 FO%. After not bringing back Chris Neil, this appears to be Ottawa’s way of replacing some of the grit on the fourth line,