Ramblings: Chabot Signing, Montour Injury, Defense Groups (Sept 20)

Ian Gooding


It’s an (almost) all-defense edition of the Ramblings today! So if you don’t like defensemen, check back tomorrow, when I might write something about players at other positions.

Eugene Melnyk is hardly the most well-liked individual in the hockey world. Don’t tell that to Thomas Chabot, though. The Senators signed the blueliner to an eight-year contract extension worth $64 million. This extension will kick in starting in 2020-21, as Chabot is set to earn $863,333 for one more season. That’s a lot of bread for a defenseman who has played only 134 career NHL games (assuming Melnyk has the financial means to pay it). However, salaries are trending toward paying for future performance rather than past performance, which at least one former NHLer isn’t happy with.

Even with the massive salary jump that keeper salary cap owners will have to swallow next season, Chabot’s game is made for fantasy. Chabot was third on the Sens in scoring (first among players on the roster at the end of the season) with 55 points (14g-41a) in 70 games. With almost no short-term competition for power-play minutes (Erik Brannstrom notwithstanding), Chabot has a golden opportunity to match that output again this season and going forward with what are likely to be huge minutes.

Something to be aware of with Chabot, though: He scored 38 points over his first 38 games through late December, while he scored just 17 points in 32 games after that. The losses of Matt Duchene and Mark Stone