Anthony Duclair is an Ottawa Senator for another season. On Monday, the team announced they re-signed the dynamic forward to a one-year contract extension valued at $1.65 million.
“We were pleased with what Anthony was able to add to our lineup after his acquisition,” said general manager Pierre Dorion in a team statement. “This signing improves our team speed and scoring depth up front. Anthony’s speed and skill can be dynamic and at only 23 years old, we feel he has the chance to grow into a really consistent contributor.”
Strong Impression With Senators
Duclair made a strong impression during his short stint as a Senator last season. The native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec showed he can generate explosive speed, skill, and energy. He also made an impact on the score sheet. In 21 games with the Sens, Duclair racked up 14 points (8G, 6A) and a point-per-game average of .67.
Ottawa acquired Duclair, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 second-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Ryan Dzingel on Feb. 23. In hindsight, this trade has become a clear win for the Senators to this point. Prior to arriving in Ottawa, Duclair struggled in Columbus. By comparison, he produced only 19 points in 53 games, registering a point-per-game average of .36.
New Deal A Win-Win
Overall, this new deal is a win-win for both parties.
So long as Duclair maintains his discipline, focus, and commitment to the team and his game, he should be able to earn himself time somewhere on the Senators top two lines this year. In addition, he should also be an important piece on Ottawa’s power play.
Duclair earned himself this opportunity to prove he can be a reliable, productive, and full-time NHL player. It gives him another chance to establish and stabilize his NHL career on a team that can offer him meaningful ice-time minutes. For Duclair, this opportunity is invaluable.
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For the Senators, this extension is a low risk, high reward contract. It also gives Dorion more time to evaluate Duclair’s ability at a low financial cost. This will enable Ottawa’s general manager to determine if and where the young forward will fit into the team’s future plans. Furthermore, the short-term nature of this contract gives Dorion flexibility, which is important in a time of rebuild- a rebuild that Duclair wants to be a part of.
On Thursday, the Senators re-signed Morgan Klimchuk to a one-year, two-way contract extension. The deal is valued at $700,000 in the NHL and $85,000 in the AHL. The former first-round pick in 2013 was acquired by the Senators from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 11. In eight games, Klimchuck scored five (4G, 1A) points. A shoulder injury ended his campaign early.
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Billy Morrison lives in Ottawa and covers the Ottawa Senators for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter, @BillyMorrison01.