The Ottawa Senators aren’t waiting around for that first RFA domino to fall.
The team announced on Wednesday the signing of forward Colin White to a 6-year, $28.5-million contract.
It's official!!— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) August 21, 2019
News Release: #Sens sign forward Colin White to a six-year contract: https://t.co/CQZeXfwLgG
Communiqué : Les Sénateurs accordent un contrat de six ans à l'attaquant Colin White : https://t.co/111rwIjf4m pic.twitter.com/voi6WrLlEg
White was drafted 21st overall by the Senators in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has since played 94 games with the team. Last season marked his first full season in the NHL and he tallied 14 goals and 41 points in 71 games, ranking him fifth among all NHL rookies in points.
"We've identified Colin as one of our core young players who will help drive our team's success in both the short and long term," Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion shared with NHL.com.
"Colin plays the 200-foot game that is so coveted in today's NHL. He can skate, play on both special teams and is a character player and leader who loves hockey and this city. While he is coming off a season where he finished among rookie leaders in many categories, we also know he is just scratching the surface of his potential in this league.”
Coming off a three-year entry-level contract, White will be an essential part of the Senators rebuild. His six-year contract has an average annual value of $4.75 million and will be one of the longest Senators contracts signed in recent history.
This could be the first time the Sens are signing a player to a contract of 5+ years since they inked Bobby Ryan to a 7-year deal in October of 2014.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) August 21, 2019
Signing Colin White to a long-term extension would be a great first step for this organization as it tries to win back fans. https://t.co/89g7osTsPt
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