The Senators announced they have signed alternate captain Mark Stone to a one-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.
The contract is worth $7.35 million. The two sides had been far apart in their recent arbitration filings, with Stone requesting $9 million and the Senators offering $5 million.
Stone was the team’s co-leading scorer last season with 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in just 58 games. He has been a mainstay of Ottawa’s front line since his first full-time NHL season in 2014-15.
The right wing’s other numbers are equally as impressive. According to NHL.com, he has 381 takeaways since the 2014-15 season, which is the most in the NHL and 84 more than the next-closest player. He also led the team last season in the plus-minus category (+9) and led Senators forwards in minutes per game (20.40).
The Senators drafted the Winnipeg native in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.