Senators sign Josh Norris to 8-year deal worth $63.6M

Posted: 16/07/2022 in NHL
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The Ottawa Senators signed restricted free-agent center Josh Norris to an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $7.95 million, the team announced Thursday.

His contract includes a limited no-trade clause that kicks in during the final four years of the pact, according to CapFriendly.

Norris, 23, had a dynamite 2021-22 campaign in Canada’s capital. His 35 goals led the Senators and his 55 points in 66 games ranked third on the team.

He averaged 18:35 of ice time per contest in his second full season at the NHL level.

“We’re very pleased to come to a long-term agreement with Josh,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He’s a versatile forward who continues to mature into an exceptional NHL player. His scoring prowess has already shown to be a considerable asset for us and one that will help us reach the next level.”

Initially selected by the Sharks in the first round of the 2017 draft, the youngster was part of the package that brought veteran defenseman Erik Karlsson to San Jose from Ottawa in 2018.

Norris has 52 goals and 38 assists in 125 games, all with the Senators.

Ottawa still has to make decisions on Alex FormentonMathieu Joseph, and Erik Brannstrom, who are all restricted free agents.

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