Senators buy out final year of Cheechoo's contract Staff

6/29/2010 4:31:18 PM

Forward Jonathan Cheechoo's time with the Ottawa Senators has come to an end.

On Tuesday, the club bought out the final remaining year on Cheechoo's contract.   The 29-year old was scheduled to make $3.5 million for the 2010-11 season.

"Jonathan is a quality person and hockey player," said Senators general manager Bryan Murray in a release. "We hoped that things would have worked out with the Senators. In the best interest of us both, we have decided to move on. We wish him all the best."

Cheechoo played in 61 games with the Senators in 2009-10, registering five goals, nine assists and 20 penalty minutes. He did not record a point in his one playoff meeting against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 20. Assigned to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, on Feb. 13, Cheechoo had eight goals, six assists and 37 penalty minutes in 25 games.

The native of Moose Factory, Ont., was acquired in a trade on Sept. 12, 2009, from the San Jose Sharks along with Milan Michalek and the Sharks' 2010 second-round pick, in exchange for Dany Heatley.