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The Ottawa Senators Need Brady Tkachuk Long Term

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As terrifying as it might be for the Ottawa Senators to potentially start the season without Brady Tkachuk on their opening-night roster, what has to scare the team and its fan base even more is potentially having to go through this dance again three years from now.

More and more, that’s looking like a realistic possibility.

And the Senators, who have spent years nickel-and-diming their homegrown stars only to watch them walk out the door for more money and more opportunity, only have themselves to blame as contract talks with the restricted free agent continue to drag on.

According to reports, there still remains a sizeable gap between Tkachuk and the Senators when it comes to putting a value on a new deal. It’s less about the cap hit as it is about the length of term. Tkachuk has reportedly already turned down an eight-year deal in the neighbourhood of $8 million per season. Instead, he reportedly prefers a three-year deal like the one Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson recently signed, which could theoretically set Tkachuk up for an even bigger pay day down the road.

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Brady Tkachuk Still Unsigned

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

With center Elias Pettersson and defenseman Quinn Hughes nearing new deals with the Vancouver Canucks, Tkachuk is the last big RFA to remain without a contract.

He is upholding the Tkachuk family tradition of being really hard to sign.

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk foreshadowed this outcome with candid comments to the media a while back. Brady is the cornerstone the Ottawa Senators are building upon, so he’s going to get paid.

Brady is a bulldozing power forward who impacts games many way. He likes it in Ottawa and is willing to settle there. He is expected to serve as the Senators’ captain for many years to come.

So it’s just a matter of when he gets paid and how. Speculation has centered on his desire to be paid significantly in lump-sum bonuses versus salary, which adds real-dollar value to the deal and protects him from a work stoppage.

As for the Canucks, they are nearing deals for Hughes (six years, $7.75 million average annual value) and Pettersson (three years, $7.7 million AAV).

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Video- Ridly Greig Has A Hearing Today For A Cross-Check

 

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update 5:32pm, Greig suspended for one preason and one regular season game.  Watch the explanation below.

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St. Louis Blues/Ottawa Senators Trade

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired St. Louis native Logan Brown and a conditional draft pick in 2022 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Zach Sanford.

The conditional draft pick is removed from the deal if Brown plays more than 30 NHL games this season.

Brown, the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown, was originally drafted 11th overall by the Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 218-pound forward posted nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 games with the AHL's Belleville Senators while serving two penalty minutes in one game with Ottawa. Overall, Brown has appeared in 30 NHL games, collecting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and six penalty minutes.

Sanford, 26, has spent four of his five NHL seasons with the Blues. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 207-pound forward logged 16 points (10 goals, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games. Overall, Sanford has dressed in 209 career regular-season games, totaling 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) and 84 penalty minutes.

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The Tkachuk Plan

from Sportsnet,

In Ottawa, Brady Tkachuk is the last remaining RFA and, according to his brother Matthew, perhaps a contract extension isn't about to be announced.

"I'm in the mix. I'm always there," Matthew told Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman in an interview for 31 Thoughts: The Podcast. "It's a family business. Nobody wants to deal with the Tkachuks in this. But we do it by committee.

"Brady might be...he's doing great," Matthew teased, before giving his opinion on the progress of negotiations between Brady and the Senators.

"He might be pulling a classic Tkachuk right now. Dad held out, Matthew held out, and Brady looks like he's on his way right now. So hopefully it can get figured out here. But it's just a lot of fake stuff out there regarding this. They're not too close. So hopefully it gets figured out, but who knows? My dad and I are definitely involved. Brady needs us to help him out with that stuff. He wasn't as cutthroat as we were during it, but he's starting to become more of a Tkachuk the later this goes."

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Pierre Dorion Get A Contract Extension In Ottawa

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has extended general manager Pierre Dorion's contract through the duration of the 2024-25 campaign. The club also holds an option on the 2025-26 season.

"We're very pleased to sign Pierre to a second extension as Senators general manager," said Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. "Dating to when he was named GM in 2016, Pierre has worked tirelessly towards building an organization that can compete with the National Hockey League's best. He's dedicated, detailed and maintains a sound hockey mind. Under Pierre's leadership, we have the utmost confidence that this team will soon be recognized as one that is consistently meriting success."

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Drake Batherson Signs A Six-Year Contract With The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Drake Batherson on a six-year, $29.85M contract. The contract has an average annual value of $4.975 million and includes the following breakdown: $2.5M in 2021-22, $3.5M in 2022-23, $5.4M in 2023-24, $5.4M in 2024-25, $6.5M in 2025-26 and $6.55M in 2026-27.

Batherson, 23, spent the entirety of the season in the NHL for the first time in 2020-21 and ranked fourth among Senators in scoring with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) while accruing eight penalty minutes and skating in each of the team's 56 regular-season games. His 17 goals tied for the club's second highest total.

"Drake represents an integral component of our future at forward," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "Dating to his first pro season, he has steadily progressed to the point where he is now widely recognized as a bonafide top line NHL winger. He possesses a strong ability to play at both ends of the ice, is a key powerplay contributor and someone we expect to be a prominent player for us for several years to come."

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An “Amazingly Bright” Future For The Ottawa Senators

from TSN,

When Pierre McGuire was introduced as Ottawa Senators senior vice-president of player development last month, he said he was optimistic about the organization’s direction.

McGuire reiterated those feelings of optimism on Wednesday in an interview with TSN 1200 Ottawa.

“The future is amazingly bright here. It really is. It’s really awesome to be a part of it, I’ve got to tell you,” McGuire said.

“I think it’s no secret, we needed to be more robust in goal and I think that was very apparent as [last] season went on, we got better in goal. I think we needed to be a little more stout in our own zone and that clearly got better as the season went along and so there’s a lot to like about how the season ended.”

The Senators were dreadful out of the gate in 2020-21, going 2-12-1 through their first 15 games, but finished 11-15-4 to record their highest points percentage (.455) in four seasons. 

“What I really appreciated was the way the coaching staff didn’t mail it in on the team. D.J. [Smith] didn’t mail it in, Jack [Capuano] didn’t mail it in, Davis [Payne] didn’t mail it in. Those guys were really stern in terms of making the players better,” McGuire said.

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Is Ottawa’s Goaltending Good Enough?

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Ottawa is in a fascinating transition period right now. Ownership and the front office has persistently guided to the fan base that a contending team is here, and yet despite some impressive prospect development over the last couple of seasons, we are still talking about a club that finished 23rd in the NHL last season. The Senators again opted to defer spending in free agency, though some of that money is surely carved out for upcoming extensions to the likes of Brady Tkachuk and Drake Batherson. Long story short: Ottawa is doubling down on the core of young players it has amassed.

Regardless of your confidence in Ottawa’s rebuild, one thing is certain: the team is betting just as much on a Matt MurrayAnton Forsberg, and (restricted free agent) Filip Gustavsson triumvirate to deliver next year. Nothing can devastate a young team like poor goaltending, and unfortunately the Senators fought through a lot of that last season. Consider last year’s tandem.

 

On the positive side of the ledger: prospect Filip Gustavsson had a great NHL debut over a nine-game stretch last season, erasing some of the stop rate concerns the club was seeing with their AHL affiliate in Belleville. Entering his ‘age-23’ season and with the loss of Joey Daccord to Seattle, the opportunity is there for Gustavsson to earn a bunch of starts.

That opportunity may present itself even faster if Matt Murray’s production sustains for another year. The Senators made a sizable bet on Murray a season ago, signing him to a $25 million deal and contractually entrenching him into a starter role. Ottawa was also trying to buy low on a player whose numbers sank in a contract season.

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Video- Pierre McGuire On A Few Topics

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Fresh off being named the new senior vice president of player development for the Ottawa Senators, Pierre McGuire stops by the show to discuss why he’s back, how it’s been working for the Sens, his thoughts on analytics, and more.

 

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