Ottawa Senators are still a long way from completing their rebuild, but they recently made an important step towards the finishing line. The team announced on Thursday that they have signed their rising star defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year extension.
The deal is worth $8 million annually ($64 million overall) and will keep Chabot with the organization through 2027/28 NHL season. The 22-year-old Quebec-native was entering the final year of his entry-level contract.
Chabot, who was 18th overall pick in 2015, is coming off an impressive campaign in 2018/19 in which he had 14 goals and 41 assists en route to earning his first All-Star appearance.
“Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice,” – said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a statement. “We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team over the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team’s future success moving forward. Today is a great day for the Ottawa Senators franchise.”
Since making his NHL debut in 2016, Thomas Chabot played 134 NHL games with Senators and contributed with 23 goals and 57 assists for a total of 80 points. Chabot is also part of Canada’s national team and was part of the squad that won a silver medal on 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Resigning Chabot represents a step in the right direction for Senators, especially considering the fact that they have parted ways with most of their key players in the past couple of season. As part of their rebuild, the franchise traded away Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, and Matt Duchene among others while focusing on younger players.