Senators Center Signs 8-Year Extension

The Ottawa Senators are having a big time off-season, as they traded for Alex DeBrincat and signed Ontario local Claude Giroux, and now they've followed that up with an extension for one of their own. That comes in the form of an 8-year extension worth $8.35 million AAV for 20-year old Tim Stutzle, who in two years with Ottawa has put up 87 points in 132 games in his two years with the club.

Alongside Brady Tkachuk, Stutzle has formed a lethal combination that has enticed other names to come to the less successful team in Ontario, and now locked up for a further 8 years, Stutzle will form a combination with the aforementioned DeBrincat and Giroux on the second line, in hopes of bringing Ottawa back to relevance once more. 

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft has shown plenty of potential, and after a 58 point outburst in 79 games in 2021/22, the team decided that keeping him on board to form a lethal top-six alongside DeBrincat, Giroux, Tkachuk, Drake Batherson and Josh Norris was worth forking out $8.35 million per year. It may seem like an overpay, but all eight years of the upcoming deal will be in his prime, and if he continues to improve and develop like many within the organization expect, this could be a fantastic deal for the Senators.

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