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Senators, Brown Ink Three-Year Pact

October 22, 2020, 2:13 PM ET [71 Comments]
Michael Stuart
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The Ottawa Senators and Connor Brown used just about all the time available to them, but were able to reach an agreement today and avoid an uncomfortable arbitration hearing. The three-year deal, which carries an average annual value of $3.6M, is a fantastic deal for the Senators as they enter the next stage of their rebuild:

From Ottawa's perspective, it's hard to describe this signing as anything but a win. The term is just right, with the contract spot and dollars freeing up just as the next generation of prospects will be coming out of their entry-level deals; and, the dollars are more than fair, considering what Brown brought to the table last season.

For Brown, it also presents a nice raise from the $2.1M he was making last season, with opportunity over the next three years to play a prominent offensive role that will see him drive his value up even higher in time for his next contract. If he can match the defensive prowess he's been known for with some of the offence he showed flashes of this past season, he'll be in a prime spot three seasons from now.

With this signing, the Senators now find themselves comfortably above the salary cap floor despite a much smaller actual cash spend number on the books. It will be interesting to see whether Pierre Dorion makes any additional moves prior to the 2020-21 campaign getting started.

As always, thanks for reading.
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