Ottawa Senators All-Star selection and leader in most offence categories, has been reported to express his desire to remain with the Senators long-term.
Do Senators management even want to sign him long-term, or ship him off to the highest bidder?
They haven’t began contract extension talks yet, but likely will soon. If GM Pierre Dorion decides in fact to trade the supreme goal-scoring threat from the Senators, where will he go?
Well, every team would like a probable 40-goal scorer, making only $1.65 million per year. But how much value does he actually have, to a contender?
Through 47 games played this year for the 24-year old left winger, he notched a team leading 21 goals to go with 12 assists for 33 points. Very impressive stats right there, but leading the Ottawa Senators in goals and points isn’t actually that crazy, since they are rebuilding and offence is coming at a premium this year.
He had an insanely successful December, scoring 11 goals in only 13 games, which even then was an unsustainable number to keep up. But he has done the opposite so far, he hasn’t scored a single goal in ten games, leading up to the All-Star game.
He has had a scoring touch throughout his entire career, but never got the opportunity he has received in Ottawa. He’s playing a lot more time every game this year than ever before, averaging 16:30 a night up significantly from his career average of 13:49.
If he does get resigned it will likely be a 3-5 year deal with, I’m guessing about an AAV of 3.5m to 5m per year.
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I believe its in the Senators best interests to have a player like Duclair in the organization through this crucial stage in the rebuild. Especially because he expressed his keen desire to be a part of the Ottawa Senators franchise for many more years to come.
He won’t have to wait long to be a big part of a playoff run, with the Senators. My estimation is they will get a good pick in 2020, then contend for the playoffs in 2021, and finally be a playoff team/ contender in 2022.
Anthony Duclair would love to be a big part of the rise of the Ottawa Senators, from the dumpster of the NHL, to possible Stanley Cup glory.