Mathieu Joseph signs four-year extension with Ottawa Senators

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The Ottawa Senators locked up a key support player late Thursday, signing winger Mathieu Joseph to a four-year, $11.8 million extension.

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Joseph had earlier filed for salary arbitration, but the new contract means that Joseph is all locked up now in advance of training camp in September.

Acquired at the March trade deadline as part of the swap that shipped Nick Paul to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Joseph scored four goals and eight assists in 11 games with the Seantors before a season-ending injury to his sternum and ribs. Joseph registered his first career hat trick, and added an assist, in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on April 1.

Joseph, 25, has scored 41 goals and 41 assists in 232 NHL games with the Lightning and Senators and will likely slot in on a third line, perhaps playing alongside Shane Pinto.

“Mathieu’s addition made an immediate positive impact as someone who fit in well with our group,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement released Thursday night after the signing was made official. “He has high end speed, a nose for the net and is responsible in his own end. He has long demonstrated good upside and is someone we’re counting on to have another solid season, both in 2022-23 and beyond.”

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Joseph will make $2.5 million in 2022-23, $2.7 million in 2023-24, and $3.3 million in each of the final two seasons of the contract. The salary cap hit is $2.95 million.

Joseph played alongside Senators number one defenseman Thomas Chabot on Canada’s silver medal winning 2017 world junior team and also claimed silver on Canada’s world championship squad in 2019.

The deal with Joseph continues what has been a busy summer for Dorion and the organization. The Senators acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago in a trade that sent the seventh overall draft pick to the Blackhawks. In an additional move, the Senators brought in goaltender Cam Talbot from the Minnesota Wild for Filip Gustavsson. Talbot and Anton Forsberg are expected to compete for the number one job.

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When the free agency opened, the Senators also signed veteran center/winger Claude Giroux to a three-year, $19.5 million deal. Giroux is expected to slot in somewhere on the club’s top two lines, perhaps playing on a line with Tim Stuetzle.

According to capfriendly.com, the Senators now have a salary cap hit of $74.56 million.

There remains work to be done.

Winger Alex Formenton and defenseman Erik Brannstrom remain unsigned as restricted free agents. There also remains some uncertainty on the blue line and the addition of another top four defenseman would take heat off Chabot, Anton Zub and incoming rookie Jake Sanderson.

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