The Ottawa Senators stood firm in their request for a long-term contract to Brady tkachuk, and it seems that it was worth it. Ottawa signed his prized restricted free agent to a seven-year, $ 57.5 million contract. That makes Tkachuk the highest paid player in the Senators, only eclipsing the $ 8 million limit. Thomas chabot carries. David Pagnotta from the Fourth Period Reports that the agreement includes a complete clause of no movement in the last three years. The full breakdown is as follows:
- 2021-22: $ 4.0 million salary
- 2022-23: $ 6.5 million salary
- 2023-24: $ 10.5 million salary
- 2024-25: $ 10.5 million salary
- 2025-26: $ 10.5 million salary
- 2026-27: $ 8.5 million salary
- 2027-28: $ 7.0 million salary
Senators GM Pierre Dorion issued a statement:
“This is an exciting day for the Ottawa Senators. Brady has a very dynamic skill set and is a prototypical power forward in the NHL today. He scores goals, plays physicality, and exemplifies what it means to be a professional for all players in our team. organization.. “
Unsurprisingly, the deal doesn’t include any signing bonus money, a pile from Dorion’s negotiations. Tkachuk is expected to be in the building Thursday for the Sens when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he will not play. according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.
Compared to the short-term deals that could have got Tkachuk to unrestricted free agency much faster, this is a huge win for the senators. They will pay their star a little more than some of their contemporaries. Andrei Svechnikov You signed an eight-year, $ 62 million deal (average annual value of $ 7.75 million), but you won’t have to worry about another negotiation for quite some time.
Technically, because the season has already started, Tkachuk’s cap for the 2021-22 season will actually be slightly higher, coming in at $ 8,291,486. according to CapFriendly. That doesn’t really mean much to senators, who are now near the ceiling of the salary cap. The hit will drop to $ 8,208,571 over the last six years of the deal, still making Tkachuk the most expensive player on the team.
The 22-year-old forward is undoubtedly the heart of the Senators, although it is important to remember that he remains a player who has never eclipsed 22 goals or 45 points in a single season. Ottawa likely paid a premium on this deal due to its history of losing (trading) stars when they approached free agency, something the franchise obviously wanted to avoid in this situation. The team expects great things from the young group they assembled and needed the leader to get back on the ice to push things in the right direction.
That essentially ends the RFA term for this season, with all the major players signed. A lot of money was handed out this offseason as things return to normal, even though no significant move in the salary cap is expected until 2025.