Blood Signs With Ottawa

UND defenseman Ben Blood had a chance to sign with Ottawa last summer. And after signing a deal Wednesday with the team that drafted him in the fourth round, Blood sounded more than pleased that he finished out four years at UND.

“I wish I had a fifth year,” Blood said. “I would come back in a heartbeat. If I could tell anyone who is thinking of leaving early, I would tell them I’d do this again. There’s nothing like playing in The Ralph. There’s nothing like playing for Dave Hakstol. It’s such a special place. You won’t find it anywhere else.”

For the full story about Blood’s signing, including more quotes about UND, go here.

Blood said that they worked hard to get the deal done in time for him to play some games with Binghamton in the AHL. Blood is expected to make his debut on Friday night in Norfolk.

He will jump into the fire. Binghamton is in last place. Norfolk is in first.

Entering last season, I believe Ottawa had seven defensemen on one-way contracts, which would have made it nearly impossible for Blood to crack the NHL.

Blood said there weren’t any discussions about expecatations for next year, but in looking at Ottawa’s situation on defense, he may have a shot. The Sens dumped some of those one-way contracts and others expire after this year.

You never know what the Sens will do in free agency, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Blood makes it up at some point next season. In the meantime, the next week will be a good taste of pro hockey for Blood, even if he wishes he had a half-decade of eligibility like his old D-partner.

7 Responses

  1. Suture

    Thanks for the great 4 years Ben. You were a treat to watch and are one of the best defensemen to come out of UND (yes, I know this is saying a lot). Have you seen anyone use his body/leverage better than Blood? Just really fun to watch…smart, smart player. Actually, he reminds me of an older college superstar back in the early ’80’s….Dougy Lidster at CC. Doug and Ben have a very similar games…of course, Ben plays with a “Sioux” tilt….a little of the nasty…:) Good luck Ben and thanks again for playing so hard for the Sioux.

  2. UND Fan

    It was a real pleasure to watch Ben play over the last four years! It’s great to see a player stay for four years and get a pro contract. I hope to see him in a Senator’s jersey soon and wish him nothing but the best in all he does. Thank you Ben!!!

  3. Green at Heart

    I agree about how hard Blood works and it has been great watching him play-but I am still not convinced he will make it to the NHL–I hope he does and maybe with this organization he will-but there are some parts of his game he will have to improve on to make it. Thanks for all the hard work Ben and best of luck to you.

  4. FargoJoe

    My memory of Blood is going to be how much he improved from his freshman year to his sophmore year. I’ve never seen such a drastic improvement and I think that attests to his hard work. He continued to improve all four years which bodes well for his future. Good luck to Blood!

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