Ramblings: Norris Signs Long-Term, Dylan Strome Signs in Washington, Gaudreau Fallout (July 15)

Ian Gooding

2022-07-15

Day 2 of free agency was only a tiny fraction as busy as Day 1 (as you’d expect), but there was still some news to pass along.

The Ottawa Senators might be having the best offseason of any team, and it keeps getting better. Following their recent acquisitions of Alex DeBrincat, Cam Talbot, and Claude Giroux, the Sens and Josh Norris have agreed to an eight-year, $63.6 million contract extension, which works out to a $7.95 million cap hit. That might seem expensive for Norris, but at least they don't have to worry about an unsigned RFA entering training camp like they did with Brady Tkachuk last season. In addition, you might not have noticed the kind of season that Norris had.

Norris finished the season with 35 goals, which might not stand out on its own. However, he scored those goals in just 66 games. That was a similar pace to the likes of Jack Hughes, Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Evgeni Malkin, and Evander Kane. As well, he was on pace for 68 points over a full 82-game season. Norris was especially lethal on the power play, where he finished tied for third in the league with 16 power-play goals. Only Chris Kreider and Leon Draisaitl scored more power-play goals than Norris.

Need another reason to like Norris? Check out the new and improved Senators top 6. Norris played most of his even-strength minutes with Tkachuk last season, but he will have a variety of options at his disposal this coming season.

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