NHL Rumors: Senators working on Alex DeBrincat extension

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Oct 1, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) is named the first star of the game after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Alex DeBrincat was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Ottawa Senators before the NHL Draft in June for Ottawa’s 7th overall pick and second-round pick, plus a third-round selection in 2024.

Thrilled with their new acquisition, who has been as advertised in preseason action, the Sens are looking to extend the pending restricted free agent.

Per insider Kevin Weekes, Ottawa is working on a new deal for DeBrincat. According to his report, the situation remains fluid.

Senators trying to extend Alex DeBrincat

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Oct 4, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Alex Debrincat (12) plays the puck during the first period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

DeBrincat, 24, has one year left on his deal at a reasonable $6.4 million cap hit. Last season, he set a career high in points with 78 and matched his career high for goals with 41.

“Alex’s acquisition brings immediate and additional firepower to our forward group,” Senators GM Pierre Dorion said after the trade. “He’s a dynamic forward who’s a scoring threat to the opponent when in the attacking zone. He maintains great vision, has exceptional skill and a quality shot which helps him score from virtually any part of the ice. He’s a consistent performer and an underrated playmaker who Senators’ fans are certain to enjoy watching play in Ottawa.”

The big question is what that extension will look like?

Considering that Mathew Barzal just signed an 8 year contract with the New York Islanders for $9.15 million annually, it’s probably in that range.

DeBrincat has amassed 307 points in 368 career games since being drafted in the second round in 2016 by the Blackhawks. In contrast, Barzal has 311 points in 362 career games all with the Islanders.

The Ottawa Senators view DeBrincat as an elite winger to play with Tim Stutzle, who also signed a massive extension this offseason for 8 years at $8.35 million AAV.