The Ottawa Senators announced that forward Brady Tkachuk has been signed to a $77.5 million, seven-year contract.
Hours before the Senators' season opener against Toronto Maple Leafs, the deal was made with the restricted-free agent. Tkachuk didn't play in the preseason for Ottawa.
Tkachuk (22 years old) has been the Senators' leading scorer the past two seasons. He scored 17 goals and 19 assists, while also playing in 56 of the 2021 games. Tkachuk also recorded a record-breaking 69 penalty minutes last year.
Eugene Melnyk, Senators owner, said that he was thrilled to reach a long-term deal with Brady. "He's an important member of our leadership team, is respected by his teammates, and a player that we know will make a significant contribution to our success in the future seasons."
Pierre Dorion, the general manager of Senators, praised Tkachuk for being a "prototypical player forward in today's NHL."
Tkachuk and the Senators will be linked through the 2027-28 season under the deal with an average annual value $8.214 million. Tkachuk will receive $4 million this season. He will also be paid $6.5 million 2022-23 and $10.5million 2023-24. $10.5million in 2024-25. $10.5million in 2024-25. $10.5million in 2025-26. $10.5million in 2025-26. $10.5million in 2025-25. $10.5million in 2025-25. $10.5million in 2025-26. $8.5million in 2026-27. $7 million in the 2027-28.
Tkachuk was the son of Keith Tkachuk (1,000-point scorer) at No. 4, in the 2018 NHL draft. He was an All-Star in 2020, and has 60 goals as well as 65 assists in 198 career matches.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.