Yablonski signs 2 year deal with Binghamton
July 1, 2008
The Binghamton Senators locked up their enforcer for 2 years and provided Ottawa with a possible replacement for departed Brian McGratton.
Yablonski, 28, said he and Ottawa officials closed in on a deal “over the last couple days,” and he said the fact the big club traded enforcer Brian McGrattan to Phoenix last Wednesday was a factor in his decision to return.
“With Grattsy gone, hopefully I’ll get a chance, even if they’ve got to call me up here and there, just to step in and do the job,” said Yablonski, explaining he felt better suited as a heavyweight than a player like a Neil.
“He can fight the big guys. It’s nothing against Neil; he’s a tough guy. But he’s not a guy that can go night after night and fight the big boys like Grattsy or like myself.”
To that end, Yablonski has stayed sharp this summer in the fighting department. A week ago Saturday, in Boise, Idaho, he captured the Championship Cage Fighting series’ heavyweight title, winning his fight by knockout in less than 90 seconds.
I find it promising that Binghamton and Ottawa are signing fan favorites to multi-year deals. We now know we will have a core of Hamel, Yabo, Matt Carkner, and Greg Mauldin for 2 years. With a couple more quality free agents and talented prospects, this team might make it to the playoffs again.