Jared Cowen’s Back to the Future story will take place in Binghamton.

Once the inevitable occurs and NHL owners lock out players from big-league arenas, Cowen is resigned to the fact that he’ll be going back to the American Hockey League.

Cowen, the Senators’ 6-foot-5, 230-pound defenceman who delivered an outstanding rookie NHL season in 2011-12, is headed into the second year of his entry level contract with the team. That means he’s on a two-way contract, allowing the Senators to assign him back to the Binghamton Senators.