Ottawa Senators are currently in the rebuilding phase, but that doesn’t mean they are not ready to pay their emerging young stars. Senators announced on Wednesday that they have inked forward Colin White to a six-year contract.
White’s new deal is worth $28.5 million and will keep the 22-year-old, who was a restricted free agent, with the organization through 2024-25.
“We’ve identified Colin as one of our core young players who will help drive our team’s success in both the short and long term,” – said Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion in a statement. “Colin plays the 200-foot game that is so coveted in today’s NHL. He can skate, play on both special teams and is a character player and leader who loves hockey and this city.”
White is coming fresh off his first full season in NHL, having played 71 games in 2018/19. He showed an intriguing versatility while providing solid production with 14 goals and 27 assists.
“This is something that both parties wanted all along,” – said White after inking the deal. “I think it was the right move for both myself and Ottawa. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Senator for the next 6 years.”
Senators took Colin White 21st overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and signed him to an entry-level contract in April 2017. He spent his first two seasons with Senators’ AHL affiliates before breaking into the first team in late 2017–18. White ended up playing 21 games and contributing with six points.