GARRIOCH: The signings continue as centre Chris Tierney agrees to two-year deal with Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators have knocked another name off the restricted free agent list.
As Postmedia was first to report Monday morning, the Senators have agreed to a two-year deal with centre Chris Tierney with average annual value of $3.5 million. He will make $2.8 million in the first year and $4.2 million 2021-22.
Like the restricted free agents the club have signed before Tierney, talks have been ongoing between general manager Pierre Dorion and Tierney’s camp. Getting this deal in place means the club’s roster is just about firmed up and Tierney is a good faceoff man.
The 26-year-old Tierney was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Nov. 8, however, this will keep him in the fold because he helps to stabilize the centre position. Acquired in the deal that sent Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks, Tierney had 11 goals and 37 points in 71 games with the club last season.
Tierney has emerged in a strong role for this team under coach D.J. Smith and plays a strong depth role.
This signing comes on the heels of Connor Brown agreeing to a three-year, $10.8 million contract last Thursday to avoid arbitration as well. Defenceman Christian Jaros, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Nov. 7, has to be signed along with centre Filip Chlapik.
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