World News – CA – GARRIOCH: Ottawa Senators and Connor Brown avoid refereeing with three-year deal


With an arbitration hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and Brown’s agent Jeff Jackson have reached a three-year deal worth an annual average of $ 3 6 million per season late Wednesday night

The deal will earn Brown, 26, $ 2.8 million in 2020-21 and $ 4 million per season for the past two years for a total value of $ 10.8 million For his part, Brown has been relieved to avoid the arbitration process and be part of this team for the next three years as the organization prepares to take the next step

It’s a good deal on both sides as it gives Brown security and is in the right range

« I believe in what we do in Ottawa, there are some nice pieces and I feel like I’m fine there, » Brown said Thursday during a Zoom call with reporters from his home in Toronto. « I felt like it was a good place for me and for both sides I’m glad we were able to sort something out Dorion had to make sure the club were going to keep him in the fold he needed to be. » fit into the club’s salary structure, but that didn’t make negotiations easy for Brown

« Especially considering all the circumstances with the uncertainty of the world right now, » he added « It has played a part, but you feel relieved and excited that everything is sorted out and that we can prepare for next year « 

Normally, arbitration is the origin of an agreement and it was no different.In submissions between the two parties, the senators asked the arbitrator to settle $ 2 25 million for a year while Brown’s side was looking for $ 4-8 million He was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season

« We are very happy that Connor is back on contract, » said Dorion « He brings a veteran presence to our roster and is a player who can play in different situations He is durable, has a strong work ethic with good practice habits and is considered a leader by his teammates

« His ability to play from the top down in the lineup while producing offensively is especially valuable to us as we continue our transition to a consistent winner. »

Senators want Brown in the fold because he helps provide leadership He was brought to the Senators last July as part of the deal that brought Ottawa defenseman Nikita Zaitsev from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Cody This Senators see value in Brown, but don’t want to overpay

With the arrival of winger Evgenii Dadonov as an unrestricted free agent for the Florida Panthers last week, Brown will already have a little less ice time

Last year, Brown got the opportunity to play more minutes with coach DJ Smith because he was one of the more experienced players on the roster

The deal was made Wednesday night between the #Sens camp and Brown’s The hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. today Three years at $ 3 6M works on both sides I reported today that I felt three years at 3 $ 5M would

As suggested in this space Thursday morning, league executives felt a three-year deal with $ 3.5 million AAV would get there This deal is a good increase as Brown hit a cap of $ 2 million on the season last and he knows he will play an important role in this team as an older player

He knows there is a youth movement going on here with Drake Batherson, Josh Norris and Alex Formenton rising through the ranks

« The timeline is hard to predict right now as a lot of young kids like Batherson, Norris and those guys are just starting out. Whether they’re stepping in right away or being hard-hitting players right away, they are going to need a little time, « said Brown » It will depend on how our team does

« It’s hard to predict, but I believe we have good people, I believe in coaching staff and we have good guys in this room. We will do it the right way. Hope it turns out as fast and as fast as possible « 

Being a veteran in a dressing room with defenseman Thomas Chabot and winger Brady Tkachuk will be something different for Brown One of the reasons the move has been good for him is the fact that Smith was a Brown when they were with the Leafs and felt he could play an expanded role

« It’s a new role for me in the NHL and it’s going pretty quickly, » said Brown « I feel like I’ve just entered the league It’s a role I’m going to have to assume I played with a lot of guys and I was part of some teams that have a good culture

« I understand the impact of culture and how it translates into wins. I will do my best to try and provide leadership to a bunch of guys coming into the league I know (Chabot and Tkachuk), this are good buddies of mine i thought last year they took some steps forward They are good people and both guys as a team The team is in good hands when it comes to character in the room « 

Signing Brown removes another name from tender list for Dorion Now the only two left are defenseman Christian Jaros and center Chris Tierney Both have filed for arbitration and a hearing is pending scheduled for next month Jaros is scheduled to appear on November 1 and Tierney is scheduled for November 8

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World News – CA – GARRIOCH: Ottawa Senators, Connor Brown avoid refereeing with three-year deal