Alex Chiasson (Graig Abel/Getty Images)
Alex Chiasson will be back with the Ottawa Senators on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. The contract was awarded to Chiasson through arbitration and is much closer to the Senators’ $1 million offer than Chiasson’s $2.475 million ask. Chiasson scored 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games in 2014-15.
Alex Chiasson and the Ottawa Senators failed to come to terms on a new contract before or after his arbitration hearing, so a league-appointed arbitrator decided the fate of Chiasson’s next deal.
Following a July 23 arbitration, Chiasson was handed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, only a slight raise from the $900,000 he earned last season, which was his first in an Ottawa uniform. Chiasson came to Ottawa as part of the trade of Jason Spezza to Dallas, which also brought Alexander Guptill, Nick Paul and a 2015 second-round pick to the Senators.
This past season, Chiasson, 24, scored 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games for the Senators while averaging less than 13:30 of ice time per outing. He became a healthy scratch in the post-season, sitting out Games 3 and 4 of Ottawa’s first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Chiasson didn’t find the score sheet in the playoffs.
“The arbitration process went as we expected - we had the opportunity to make our case, as did Alex’s group,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray in a release. “In our opinion, both sides made fair, detailed arguments and we are satisfied with the ruling of the arbitrator. We are happy to have Alex under contract and anticipate that he will be a productive player for us this season. Alex will be given the chance to have an important role in the team’s success.”
The settlement for Chiasson is much closer to the Senators suggested number than it was to his asking price. According to TSN’s Frank Servalli, Chiasson was seeking $2.475 million in his new deal, while the Senators submitted an offer of $1 million.
Chiasson was a second-round pick, 38th overall, of the Stars in 2009, and had a good showing in his rookie campaign in 2013-14. In 79 games with the Stars, Chiasson notched 13 goals and 35 points while skating more than 15 minutes per night. That Chiasson’s point total dropped could be a fortuitous thing for the Senators, as they now have Chiasson inked for one-year at an easily palatable cap hit.
When Chiasson’s one-year deal expires, he’ll again become a restricted free agent, so the Senators will own his rights and have the opportunity to work out a longer-term deal should he impress in 2015-16.
The Senators also have another arbitration set for July 30 with restricted free agent Mike Hoffman.