OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Senators have locked up another one of their top young players, agreeing to an eight-year, $66.8 million contract extension with center Tim Stutzle, the team announced Wednesday.
The deal, which carries an average annual value of $8.35 million and kicks in after the 2022-23 NHL season, is the latest move by general manager Pierre Dorion to solidify Ottawa's core.
The 20-year-old German player finished second on the Senators with 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 79 appearances in 2021-22.
"Tim is a dynamic offensive player who utilizes an exceptional blend of speed and skill to be a consistent difference-maker," Dorion said in a statement. "He's electrifying and has quickly become a fan favorite for good reason."
Ottawa, which has failed to make the playoffs since reaching the 2017 Eastern Conference finals and has gone through a major rebuild, made news earlier this summer by acquiring forward Alex DeBrincat in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks and signing veteran forward Claude Giroux in free agency.