Ottawa Senators: Three players that need long-term contract extensions

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The Ottawa Senators have seven RFA’s going into the 2020 offseason, six of whom with arbitration rights. These three players should be a high priority for the Senators to extend long-term.

Connor Brown:

It seems Connor Brown is finally hitting his stride, because of more opportunity and less pressure playing in Ottawa. He’s become an important part of the Senators present and hopefully future, with his play on the ice.

An offensive dynamo during his time with the Erie Otters, he didn’t reach anywhere near his potential playing under stars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander in Toronto.

In his three full seasons with the Maple Leafs, Brown posted point totals of 36, 28 and 29 respectively. Cementing his role as a perfect bottom-six energy guy to supplement the scoring from the big guns upfront.

The Senators had other ideas for the 26-year old Toronto native, he was shipped to Ottawa as part of a bigger package including Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Carcone. The Leafs received Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft.

He set career highs in assists and points this year in a top-six offensive role, with 16 goals and 43 points in 71 games, for second on the Sens in scoring.

Brown more than deserves a long-term contract for the commitment and sacrifice he makes on a nightly basis. Pierre Dorion should be considering giving him a six-year contract with significant AAV.

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