Senators sign defenseman Chabot to eight-year, $64 million extension

Signing Thomas Chabot should forge the credibility gap between Senators and fans

Signing Thomas Chabot should forge the credibility gap between Senators and fans

"Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice".

On Thursday, on what might prove to be one of the most significant days in franchise history for a number of reasons, he could talk about a star choosing to stay.

The Ottawa Senators believe the future looks a lot brighter after signing star defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year, US$64-million contract extension Thursday. Last season was hard, as the Senators dealt top blueliner Erik Karlsson last September, followed by forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel at the deadline. Just as significantly, it couldn't persuade a player like Stone, just 26 at the time, to buy into.

"This is just where I want to be". I love the city, I love the fans here since the first day I showed up in Ottawa. There's a long-term process here, but we feel we're definitely headed in the right direction. "This is a great day for our fans and our community".

The Senators also signed forward Colin White to a six-year, $28.5-million extension last month.

Having his top defenceman locked up is a huge relief for new head coach D.J. Smith. The Senators have been steadfast that the money will be spent to keep key young players in the fold, and the deal with Chabot re-affirms its intentions. "I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years".

While the Senators still have lots of time, fans may wonder how Chabot's decision will impact Brady Tkachuk next year when he enters the final year of his entry-level contract next season.

"We're growing as a team and you're going to see us developing this year", Dorion said.

"It's hard not to think about it as a hockey player, but I left it up to my agents and all I was focusing on was getting ready for a big season", Chabot said. It fixes the spelling of Saint-Marie, Que.

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