The last remaining restricted free agent in the NHL is off the market. The Ottawa Senators announced on Thursday that they’ve managed to come to an agreement with forward Brady Tkachuk, who inked a new seven-year deal with the franchise.
The deal, concluded hours before Ottawa’s 2021-22 season opener, will see Tkachuk remain with the Senators through 2027-28. The 22-year-old’s contract is valued at $57.5 million and comes with average annual earnings of $8.214 million.
Tkachuk is coming off a strong showing in 2020-21, when he played in all 56 games and led Ottawa in points with 36 (17 goals, 19 assists).
“This is an exciting day for the Ottawa Senators,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a statement. “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.”
The Senators selected Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and immediately slotted him into their lineup. This proved to be a great choice, as Tkachuk responded with the 45-point campaign. He followed that up with an All-Star-worthy sophomore year in which he had 21 goals and 23 assists for a total of 44 points.