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Senators announce multiple contract extensions

2020-01-12

OTTAWA - Things have been quiet publicly with the Sens management this year but it doesn't mean they haven't been hard at work. As the team continues to rebuild, GM Matt Watters was able to quietly extend six of his seven pending RFAs for the upcoming season, most notably sniper Patrik Laine. 

Laine has agreed to terms on a 5-year deal with the Sens valued at $6,257,250 annually. The Finnish sniper has 117 goals over 209 career games and 228 points over that span. "Patrik has excelled over his time with us, and we look forward to having him in a Senators jersey for the next five years. He's over a point-per-game rate in terms of production and we can't wait to see what he contributes as he continues to grow his game," said Watters in a press conference announcing the deals earlier today.

Defensive stalwart Trevor van Riemsdyk also agreed to terms with the Sens. His contract carries a four-year annual cap hit of $2,380,500. Expect the blueliner to be a mainstay on the second defensive pairing for the Senators and a mentor to the young prospects coming through the pipeline.

Christian Wolanin inked a three-year deal worth $936k. This presents a lot of value and flexibility for the Senators while the 25-year old carves out a spot quarterbacking the second powerplay unit. "We see Christian as a big part of the youth movement going forward here in Ottawa and I really like the way he sees the ice and distributes the puck out there. This contract will be one of the league's bigger steals when it's up for renewal again," announced a very pleased GM earlier today.

The future in goal for the Ottawa team also looks bright as two goalies agreed to remain Senators next year. Maxime Lagace, who was picked up in free agency this summer, will remain a Senator at least until next year after he signed a one-year deal worth $728k. Expect him to be the starter in Belleville next year after Tristan Jarry takes the reigns with the big club next season. Meanwhile, Joey Daccord agreed to a two-year contract worth $934,250 and will share the net with the aforementioned Lagace with Ottawa's AHL affiliate.

Michael Chaput was the last extension announced in Ottawa. It's unlikely the forward will start the year in the NHL next season after agreeing to a two-year 2-way contract worth $762,750 annually.

Forward Oscar Lindberg was not presented with a qualifying offer by the club and will be released at the end of the season. Lindberg, who has not produced much offence, is best remembered as being protected in the Vegas expansion draft over Josh Bailey who went on to have a career best season after leaving the Capital Region.