The contract saga between the Ottawa Senators and Brady Tkachuk is finally over after he signed a seven-year contract worth 57.5 million dollars. The face of the franchise has missed the entire preseason and training camp but will not miss the regular season thanks to his new contract. After inking their potential future captain for the next seven seasons just before the start of their regular season the Senators will have their leading point-getter in the lineup every night to agitate the opponent’s best players and light up the score sheet.
Brady Tkachuk Career Overview
Tkachuk has been one of if not the best players for the Senators ever since he was drafted fourth overall in the 2018 NHL draft out of Boston University. The 22-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona made his debut at 19 years old for the Senators. During his rookie campaign, Tkachuk played 71 games scoring 22 goals and 23 assists. 45 points were a strong starting point for the youngest Tkachuk brother but he wanted to improve during his sophomore season. Unfortunately, he was not able to improve his production as his season got cut short thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Playing 71 games Brady Tkachuk nearly matched his point total from his first season by scoring 21 goals and 23 assists. In his 56 games and third season, Brady Tkachuk compiled 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in the shortened season.
Tkachuk’s play goes beyond just the results on the score sheet. Following in his big brother, Mathew Tkachuk, and his father, Keith Tkachuk, Brady has turned into one the biggest instigators in the league. Starting ongoing battles with the likes of Ben Chiarot and Carey Price, Brady Tkachuk is well known throughout the league. His on-the-edge play is one of his best assets and makes him difficult to play against.
What Does Brady Tkachuk Contribute to the Senators?
Having Brady Tkachuk on the roster for the next seven seasons gives the Senators lots of hope and optimism. Along With Thomas Chabot as the faces of the franchise the Senators have two key players to rebuild around as they emerge from the rebuilding phase into a playoff contender. Tkachuk still is improving his game throughout the season and is clearly expected to step up and be an even bigger point producer in the future. Making over eight million dollars Tkachuk is going to be expected to produce more than his career-high 45 points in the future. Most likely playing alongside Josh Norris, Drake Batherson, and potentially Colin White when he returns Tkachuk should be in the 65-70 point range as he enters the prime of his career.
The 6’4” left winger has already displayed his leadership skills as at the young age of 22 he has been given the honor of the assistant captain. With a vacancy in the role of captain Tkachuk is a clear candidate for the position. Being a vocal personality both on the ice and in the locker room is key to a competitive team as it helps everybody stay on the same page.
Final Thoughts On Brady Tkachuk Contract
This is a great contract for both the Senators organization and Brady Tkachuk. For Tkachuk, it is a well-deserved payday that guarantees him a spot on the team for the next season. His eight million dollar salary places high but attainable expectations on him. For the team, they are able to lock down a key player to their organization and keep in Canada’s capital for at least seven more years. While the salary does seem a little steep from the team’s point of view it is a necessary move to keep one of their best players around long term. With plenty of cap space, this deal shouldn’t hurt them too badly in the future if they need to resign more players. A good contract for all parties involved.
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