The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent Alex Chiasson are likely headed for arbitration.
“We’ll be filing (for arbitration) fairly shortly,” Chiasson’s agent Kent Hughes told PHT on Monday.
Chiasson’s three-year, $2.7 million entry-level deal is set to expire on Wednesday making him a restricted free agent.
“We’re far apart at this point and we don’t really see the arbitration case through the same lens,” said Hughes.
The 24-year-old, who was acquired by the Sens in the Jason Spezza trade, had 11 goals and 15 assists in 76 games during the 2014-15 season.
“We talk to them all the time, but they’re arbitration guys that, at the moment, want to go that direction,” Sens’ GM Bryan Murray said of Chiasson and Mike Hoffman last week. “If we’re not going to negotiate, then we have to prepare for that.”
The Ottawa Senators have signed pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Wideman to a new one-year two-way deal. The contract will pay Wideman $600,000 at the NHL level and $400,000 in the AHL.
The 25-year-old appeared in 75 games for the Binghamton Senators last season scoring 19 goals and 42 assists to go along with 116 penalty minutes. He led all AHL defensemen in assists, points and shots on goal (213).
Wideman won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman in 2014-15. He was also named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blue liner was originally a fourth-round selection (100th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in 2009.
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