TSN’s Gord Miller is reporting that the Ottawa Senators and RFA forward, Brady Tkachuk are nearing a long-term deal.
“I think Tkachuk in Ottawa will get done pretty quickly,” he said on TSN690. “From what I understand they are close to getting something done there…I think it’s a long deal.”
Senators and Brady Tkachuk close to long-term deal
Miller’s report comes off the heels of both Elliotte Friedman and Bruce Garrioch stating that the goal for both sides has been to work out a long-term deal. Although, a bridge deal was an option to fall back on so he could be in camp.
The expectation is that Tkachuk will be getting something similar to what Thomas Chabot received. Back in 2019, the Sens’ top defenseman signed an 8 year deal worth $8 million per season.
It’s believed the Senators have tabled an offer of an eight-year deal worth $8 million per season and there have been several talks between the two sides that are continuing. Dorion has often stated that a deal can be done with one phone call and there’s still time for both sides to find common ground.Ottawa Sun
Tkachuk could be named captain
The Ottawa Senators also sound set to name a captain according to their head coach, DJ Smith.
“We hope to but that’a decision with Mr. Melnyk and Pierre. Everybody will be involved because it’s a big-time important decision,” Smith said back in August. “But we feel we’re at that time now where we’re as close as we’ve been to naming a guy. It’s time for someone to be the leader of this group.”
Owner Eugene Melnyk hinted recently on the Bob McCown podcast that he can see Tkachuk fill that role. “That’s going to be what we’re thinking about all summer and whether he’s the person for that.”
The Sens are trying to build their team around Brady Tkachuk. In three seasons with the team, the 21 year-old forward has 125 points in 198 games. If the Sens don’t chose him, Chabot is the next obvious candidate.