Alex Chiasson gets $1.2 million deal from arbitrator

Alex Chiasson gets $1.2 million deal from arbitrator

Alex Chiasson thought he was worth closer to the $2.475 million he was asking for in his arbitration case, rather than the $1 million the Ottawa Senators submitted.

In the end, the judge sided with the team.

On Sunday morning, the Senators announced that Chiasson has been awarded a $1.2 million one-year deal. Acquired in the Jason Spezza deal from the Dallas Stars, the forward made $900,000 last season while posting 11 goals and 15 assists in 76 games – off his pace from the previous season (13-22-35) but still impressive in less ice time (13:23) than he had in 2013-14 (15:07).

According to the Ottawa Sun, the Sens might have sought a trade for Chiasson had he won his case:

The Senators currently have 11 forwards on one-way contracts -- 10 if they could ever find a way to move Colin Greening -- and that does not include Mike Hoffman, the 27-goal scorer who is scheduled to go to arbitration July 30.

Under the CBA, the Senators would not be able to walk away from Chiasson's contract because it will be under $3.5 million, but they would rather move him than pay him approximately 2 1/2 times more than they gave in his first year with the team.

Instead, the arbitrator felt the Sens’ case was stronger.

This is just the third arbitration-created deal since 2011 in the NHL.