The stalemate is lastly over.
The Ottawa Senators did what they need to have completed months in the past on Thursday morning, mercifully placing an finish to one of many extra pointless holdouts in latest reminiscence by agreeing to phrases with Brady Tkachuk on a seven-year contract extension.
The deal, which ties Tkachuk to Ottawa by the 2027-28 season, carries a median annual worth of $8.214 million and features a full no-move clause that kicks in forward of the 2025-26 marketing campaign.
And to not point out, by signing previous to the Senators’ first sport of the 12 months, Tkachuk will not miss a paycheque, both. Now that is some shrewd enterprise.
Let’s get the plain out of the way in which first. Is Tkachuk price over $8 million per 12 months in the mean time? No, after all not. The teenager boasts a career-high of simply 45 factors all through his three NHL seasons so far, proving to be an efficient top-six winger who, at his younger age, continues to be coming into his personal. There’s a lot development available earlier than Tkachuk is price his new wage. Nevertheless it’s what lies on the finish of that development, nevertheless, that’s so tantalizing.
Tkachuk boasts the uncommon mixture of dimension and ability that’s desperately coveted within the trendy NHL. At simply 22 years outdated, the previous fifth-overall choose has rapidly emerged because the Senators’ finest ahead, and, doubtless, the crew’s future captain, too.
Opponents hate to face him and his crew likes to have him. What extra are you able to ask?
Tkachuk will virtually definitely lead Ottawa’s younger core wherever they go; a undeniable fact that made the months-long stalemate round his contract so infuriating, and its decision so rewarding.
Enjoying alongside one of many worst supporting casts within the NHL all through his profession, Tkachuk has nonetheless managed to rack up two 20-goal seasons out of the three he is spent within the massive leagues — with a 3rd virtually assured if not for a COVID-shortened 2021. He is one of many premier younger forwards within the sport. And now, he is being paid prefer it.
And as for Senators followers, nicely, immediately’s information is reassuring in two methods: confirming not solely that Tkachuk shall be a Senator by most of his prime, however that Eugene Melnyk is prepared to behave as a reliable proprietor every now and then and maintain his younger stars in-house.
The cash has been settled. Now it is as much as Tkachuk to earn it.