The Senators beat the Panthers on Thursday afternoon, hours before the two teams took the ice as Ottawa landed coveted collegiate free agent Stephane Da Costa.
The Senators signed him to a CBA-mandated two-year deal. The 22-year-old winger scored 30 goals in two seasons with Merrimack College.
“You never know how close you are because of the process, but we worked on this since July. I had a relationship with him for three years,'' Florida assistant general manager Mike Santos said.
“He was sought after and it wasn't a money issue. He just chose where he wanted to go, and for whatever reason, he chose Ottawa.''