Thomas Chabot must have been a pioneer.
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When he signed his $ 64 million eight-year contract extension in Ottawa in September 2019, the future for the Senators looked bleak.
Some have even found him reckless in making a long-term commitment to the team, despite the Golden Bridge he received, due to the massive exile of the club’s stars.
Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, and Mike Hoffman had been swapped the previous year. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel had preferred to enjoy their full autonomy a few months earlier.
The Quebec defender was still young, at 21, when he signed his famous contract, but the reconstruction looked long and there was no guarantee that the new members of the new Senators foundation would imitate him.
Chabot, the undisputed number one defender of the Senators, is in much better company today. Tim Stützle, 20, signed an eight-year contract extension for over $ 66 million on Wednesday after producing a magnificent 58 points in 79 games. The young German will be under contract until 2031.
He imitated center Josh Norris, 23, rich since June with an eight-year contract worth 63 million. Before him, in October 2021, Brady Tkachuk, 22, signed a seven-year contract for $ 57 million after leaving the Senators to languish a little.
Beyond the spectacular acquisitions of Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat this summer, Dorion’s success lies in its ability to retain four young players essential to the Senators’ long-term recovery. The four, Chabot, Tkachuk, Norris and Stützle, all signed before they turned 24 and none will earn more than $ 8.5 million a year.
Too many generous managers find themselves stuck with aged and overpaid players because their worth has been established on their past successes.
Dorion prefers to bet on the odds of seeing her young players increase their production over the years. There is always a certain risk factor, but the chances of seeing a talented youngster progress are greater than seeing a veteran keep the same pace after 33 years.
Of all the players aged 26 and under who earn more than 9 million a year, which one is a burden for your team: Kiril Kaprizov? Cale Makar? Mikko Rantanen? Brayden point? Charlie McAvoy? Adam Fox? Matteo Tkachuk? Zack Werensky? Jack Eichel? Aleksandr Barkov? Mitch Marner? Austin Matthews? Connor McDavid?
Thirty? Artemi Panarin, Erik Karlsson, John Tavares, Drew Doughty, Carey Price, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Anze Kopitar, Sergei Bobrovsky, Tyler Seguin, Mark Stone, Jamie Benn, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Roman Josi, Jeff Skinner. We can easily identify six or seven.
Hiring a long-term player sooner or later has its advantages. Sidney Crosby and Leon Draisaitl each receive 8.5 million a year, Victor Hedman, 7.8 million, gets paid fewer than 16 defenders.
Nathan MacKinnon and Brad Marchand are in the NHL business, at 6.3 million and 6.1 million a year, a few hundred thousand dollars less than … Brendan Gallagher.
The foundations of the senators are solid. And once again, repechage is everything. What if Ottawa preferred Filip Zadina or Barrett Hayton to Tkachuk in 2018? What if Los Angeles surprised by enlisting Stützle in place of Quinton Byfield in 2020? Dorion would have heard obligatory to choose Byfield, a consensual top three?
The senators are on track. It’s about not skipping steps and avoiding promising the moon too quickly.
A goalkeeper of the future under contract for three years
Kent Hughes just signed a brilliant signing on Thursday morning. You have 22-year-old Cayden Primeau, a chaotic two-year-old but brilliant in the American League playoffs. Carey Price will most likely be sentenced to give up his career. By offering Primeau a contract guaranteed by the NHL for three years, but with a salary of less than a million, Hughes keeps his promises in his organization for several years, without affecting his financial stability. Salaries of $ 950,000 are usually offered to beginners or fourth line players. Cédric Paquette received this salary last year. He played 24 games, got two assists. A risk that is worth the candle in the case of Primeau.