Expectation is Brady Tkachuk will NOT play tonight with #Sens in opener but will be in the building. @DFOHockey
Resharing my Q&A in @ottawalifers with @Senators defenceman Victor Mete, ahead of Ottawa's season opener tonight against Toronto. We discuss last season, getting claimed off waivers by Ottawa, signing a new deal and his goals this season. #GoSensGo #NHL ottawalife.com/article/a-chat-with-victor-mete-ahead-of-the-home-opener-against-the-leafs?set_lang=en pic.twitter.com/O5qj4E9gPI
Tkachuk, 22, appeared in each of the Senators' 56 regular-season games in 2020-21 and led the team in scoring with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) while accruing a team-high 69 penalty minutes. The campaign marked the second consecutive in which he has led the team in points.
"We're thrilled to come to a long-term agreement with Brady," said Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. "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."
"This is an exciting day for the Ottawa Senators," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "Brady possesses a very dynamic skill set and is a prototypical power forward in today's NHL. He scores goals, he plays physical and exemplifies what it means to be a pro for all players in our organization."
A St. Louis native, Tkachuk will enter the 2021-22 season having skated in 194 consecutive contests for the Senators (which ranks 10th in franchise history) and 198 games for his NHL career over which he has recorded 125 points (60 goals, 65 assists) and 250 penalty minutes. A 2019-20 NHL All-Star, Tkachuk is one of only 29 all-time Senators with 60 goals and one of only 28 with 250 penalty minutes.
Internationally, Tkachuk captained Team U.S.A to a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship and helped the Americans to a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF WJC by ranking third in team scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists) over seven games in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The Ottawa Senators' 2021-22 regular season opens tonight in the Battle of Ontario.
If there's a player who embodies what the Ottawa Senators are under head coach D.J. Smith, Parker Kelly is a prime example.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed forward Parker Kelly to a two-year contract extension. The first (two-way) year of the contract, for the 2022-23 campaign, will carry an annual value of $750,000 in the National Hockey League and $100,000 in the American Hockey League. The second (one-way) year of the contract, for the 2023-24 season, has a value of $775,000.
Ottawa Senators forward Austin Watson will miss approximately four weeks with an ankle injury.
The Ottawa Senators can finally turn its focus to the regular season.
The Ottawa Senators concluded its 2021-22 preseason with a 4-1 defeat in Toronto Saturday night.
The Ottawa Senators completes its preseason schedule tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.
OTTAWA - In conjunction with provincial authorities, the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce that the team is preparing to welcome a capacity crowd of 18,652 to Canadian Tire Centre when the team opens the 2021-22 regular season on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the health and safety of all patrons at the forefront, the organization is also reminding fans of venue protocols.
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14 October, 2021 - 06:32pm
10 bold (and not so bold) predictions for the Ottawa Senators’ season
14 October, 2021 - 11:06am
Notably, that’s not the cap hit though. Because the contract was signed two days after the start of the season, the cap hit is $8,291,486 this season and $8,208,571 for each of the remaining six seasons.
The actual structure is middle-loaded. It starts with $4m this season and $6.5m next season, then going up to $10.5m for years three through five before dropping back down to $8.5m and $7m for the final two years. Frank Seravalli is reporting that it is all regular salary, there are no singing bonuses included.
On the subject of no move or no trade clauses, Elliotte Friedman is reporting that there is a no move clause that kicks in for the final three years, though the Senators press release does not include any details on that.
While the news comes in time for the season and home opener tonight, Brady is not expected to dress but is going to be in the building. Maybe Saturday’s trip to Toronto is a possibility?
So deep breath, Sens fans. It’s not quite the 8 year deal most of us were hoping for, but it is close and it is definitely not the bridge deal that was going to make us all a little jumpy for the next few years.