Brady Tkachuk threatens to leave the Senators organization

Published August 5, 2021 at 9:17 PM

Currently a restricted free agent, Brady Tkachuk should most likely agree on a contract extension with the Senators in the near future. However, the deal may not be as long as expected, as he does not necessarily see himself playing in a Senators uniform for the long term...

According to information reported by TSN tipster Shawn Simpson, the 21-year-old forward is indeed considering his future. While he loves the city and its people, Tkachuk is reportedly very concerned about the management of team owner Eugene Melnyk. Melnyk has often been described in the past as a stingy man who is not willing to fully invest in building a team that can compete for top honors (as showcased by the handling of Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone in recent years), and this would not sit well with Tkachuk.

Matthew Tkachuk's younger brother would consider signing a short to medium term contract (possibly four years), in order to evaluate the work of the organization's senior management and eventually enjoy his full autonomy once the contract is completed.

Brady Tkachuk has just completed his third season in the NHL and has 125 points, including 60 goals, in 198 career regular season games. His style of play and strength of character also make him one of the leaders of this VERY young roster. However, the Sens have yet to come close to making the playoffs since his arrival, despite a 24-team format in 2020, and a realignment of divisions in 2021.

Nevertheless, the future of the Senators is bright, as they already have an excellent young core with players like Tim Stutzle, Thomas Chabot, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom, not to mention the ton of good prospects they still have in the bank. That's why Brady Tkachuk will have to be careful not to panic too quickly.

In short, there is certainly a lot of time left before this issue is resolved. Eugene Melnyk will have to be careful not to repeat the same mistakes he made in the past, otherwise he could lose one of the key pieces of his team's rebuild.
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