Ottawa Senators bet on Süperstar Talent and extend Stützle by 8 years

Ottawa Senators left winger Tim Stutzle (18) Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Dorion continues to lock centerpieces, inking Stützle for 8 years

On what seemed like a typical Wednesday in early September, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and Tim Stützle’s agent Ben Hankinson of Octagon Hockey were able to complete an 8-year, $66.8 million contract from an annual value of $8.35 million.

Stützle and Dorion announced the move at the Senators’ season kick-off event, a big event that featured several key community faces and Twitter Sens.

This contract will make Stützle the Senators’ highest-paid player when it kicks in during the 2023-24 season, and chances are he’ll already be looking like a bargain by then. The way the 20-year-old has managed to transition smoothly and thrive in the middle of the ice should give the Senators added confidence in the position and certainly played a role in their drive to make this deal.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was quite candid when describing Stützle’s ceiling as a player:

“High, very high. I think Tim can be a superstar. You watch every aspect of his game: he’s competitive, he’s dynamic, he’s got speed, he’s got skill, he’s got great hockey instincts, he’s learned to check, he’s learned to play center .

Expectations are certainly high for Stützle as they enter their 3rd season, especially with the additions of Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat, who are also set to start the season alongside the talented German. With Stützle’s superb elite skating package, formidable one-on-one skills and competitive nature, all signs point to him continuing his upward trajectory to superstar status. His exceptional talent was showcased last season, especially in the second half of the season.

Another aspect of Stützle’s game that slipped under the radar last season was his defense, which has improved dramatically since his rookie season and he’s been a positive contributor defensively for the Senators. His relentless motor skills and uninterrupted activity on the ice should allow his defense to have even more opportunities to develop, while his excellent puck handling and quickness in the short zone give him the ability to get out of the zone.

Stützle’s production in his first two NHL seasons predicted him quite positively in some patterns, with many believing he has the makings of a future star in this league.

It continues the “unprecedented” offseason the franchise has had, they seem to be fully invested in the team they’ve built as they should be, and they’ve compiled a crop of young talent that rivals any NHL team.

While that may seem unrealistic to some, it shouldn’t be ruled out that Stützle could produce at a points-per-game pace next season. In the last 35 games of last season, the talented forward managed to register 35 points, now that established NHL stars Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux start the season on his wings, it seems the sky is the limit.