Senators Lock D Artem Zub to a 4-Year, $18.6 Million Extension

Ottawa Senators defenceman Artem Zub (2) in 2021
Ottawa Senators defenceman Artem Zub (2) in 2021. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (12551070i)

The Ottawa Senators announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a new contract with their defenseman Artem Zub. According to the team, Zub inked a four-year extension that will now keep him with the franchise through the 2026-27 NHL season.

Zub will earn $18.6 million over the duration of the deal with a $4.6 million average annual salary. The agreement kicks off in the summer of 2023 and includes a 10-team no-trade list.

“He has worked hard to establish himself as an excellent NHL player and a strong defender,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a statement. “He consistently helps make us a better defensive team while he’s on the ice. We’re pleased to reach an agreement with him on an extension of this length.”

Zub has played 14 games in 2022-23, contributing with two goals and two assists for a total of four points. He is currently sidelined with a jaw fracture and is expected to return on ice in early 2023. The 27-year-old played a total of 142 games in the NHL and has 40 points (11 goals and 29 assists) on his resume.

The Senators are headed to another underwhelming campaign in 2022-23. They are currently at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 14-16-2 record. If they don’t change course soon, they are in danger of extending their playoff drought to six seasons.