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Brady Tkachuk, Senators Agree to 7-Year Contract Worth $8.2M per Season

Erin WalshOctober 14, 2021

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The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal has an average annual value of $8.214 million.

"We're thrilled to come to a long-term agreement with Brady," Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk said in a release. "He's a valuable member of our leadership group, is universally respected by his teammates and a player we're certain will have a significant impact on our success in the seasons ahead."

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The deal came just hours before Ottawa's season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tkachuk, who had been a restricted free agent, is linked to the Senators through the 2027-28 season.

The 22-year-old had the perfect reaction to his new deal:

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Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff reported Tkachuk is not expected to play in the opener but will be in attendance at the Canadian Tire Centre. 

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The Senators selected the winger fourth overall in 2018. He has led the team in scoring in each of the last two seasons, including a 17-goal, 19-assist 2020-21 campaign. 

Tkachuk, the brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk, is considered a vital piece of the Senators' rebuild. 

Ottawa has not made the playoffs since the 2016-17 season, when it reached the Eastern Conference Finals, and has been in turmoil since, posting a 105-152-34 record over the past four seasons. 

The Senators are not projected to make the playoffs during the 2021-22 season in a tough Atlantic Division that includes the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.  

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