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Ottawa Senators name star defenceman Erik Karlsson new team captain

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson celebrates after scoring in a shootout against the New York Rangers, in New York in this March 24, 2011 file photo.
Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson celebrates after scoring in a shootout against the New York Rangers, in New York in this March 24, 2011 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Frank Franklin II

OTTAWA – Star defenceman Erik Karlsson has been named the new captain of the Ottawa Senators.

He takes over from Jason Spezza, who was traded to the Dallas Stars over the summer. He wore the C for just one season, replacing longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson when he signed with the Red Wings before the start of last season.

The Senators also announced Thursday that they have signed forward Bobby Ryan to a seven-year, $50.75-million contract extension.

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