Mike Hoffman came with a $750,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level last season, but he’s due for a big raise after scoring 27 goals and 48 points in 79 games with the Senators. He’s reportedly not close to finding common ground with Ottawa though and the 25-year-old forward has filed for salary arbitration, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Ottawa was able to claw its way into the playoffs last season on the strength of its young core with several of those players enjoying career seasons. That’s led to a summer of key negotiations for the Senators as they weigh each player’s 2014-15 performance against their sometimes short or otherwise less impressive resumes.
The Senators were able to ink goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year contract worth roughly $4 million and they recently signed Mark Stone to a three-year, $10.5 million deal.
In addition to Hoffman though, there’s also the possibility that an arbitrator will have to settle the negotiations with fellow restricted free agent Alex Chiasson.
“We’re far apart at this point and we don’t really see the arbitration case through the same lens,” Chiasson’s agent, Kent Hughes said, per PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban.
The silver lining is that Ottawa doesn’t have much left to take care of beyond Hoffman and Chiasson’s contracts. Shane Prince is the team’s only other remaining restricted free agent.
Erik Condra is off to Tampa Bay. The Lightning have signed the 28-year-old forward to a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.25 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
Condra had nine goals and 14 assists for the Senators in 2014-15, skating mostly with young Curtis Lazar and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He was originally drafted in the seventh round by Ottawa in 2006.
No Sens forward averaged more time on the penalty kill (2:13) than Condra.
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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.