It went on and on… when would Brady Tkachuk sign a new contract? Or would he? There were numerous rumors of him being dealt, but in the end the Ottawa Senators got it done. He finally was awarded a seven-year deal worth $57.5 million, averaging $8.214 million per season.
Tkachuk Signing Is Good News For Sens Fans
For a while there it didn’t appear that the two sides could come together for an agreement to have Tkachuk back on the roster. This deal also contains a no-movement clause from years five through seven. Not sure if that was a holdout cause or not, but now the Sens can celebrate that they have Tkachuk back.
He could possibly become the next captain of the Sens now that he will be sticking around for a while. Last season he accumulated 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 56 games. Now that his contract settlement is done, he can concentrate on playing hockey again.
Since he missed training camp, he is not expected to play tonight in the Senators first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Once he gets back into action, the Senators can expect his usual physical game where last season he had 69 penalty minutes along with 248 hits. He’s certainly not afraid to go into the corners and do the dirty work for his team.
Building For The Future With Brady Tkachuk
The Senators are attempting to become more of a force going forward with players like Tim Stützle and Joshua Norris coming onto the picture. The team should make some significant strides towards respectability with this young talent. Adding Tkachuk back into the fold only improves their chances of success.
There was speculation that the term of the deal was the stumbling block to getting it done. It was thought that Tkachuk wanted a bridge deal instead of a long-term pact. In the end, what he got was very comparable to others equal to his talents.
So now the Senators can get down to business and see if they can move up in the standings with Tkachuk on-board. They finished sixth in the tough North Division last season. They will return to the familiar Atlantic Division this season. While their competition is formidable, with Brady Tkachuk out there, things will happen.