Ottawa Senators extended the contract for defenceman Artem Zub, which is worth $4.6 Million annually. the team announced Wednesday.
Zub will receive $4 million for 2023-24, and $4.8 million per year for the three remaining years. Zub was previously set to become an unlimited free agent after this season.
Pierre Dorion, general manager of the Senators, said that Artem’s “remarkable” transition to North American hockey was remarkable. “He worked hard to make himself an excellent NHL player and strong defender. His contributions to our defense team on the ice are consistent. We’re happy to come to an agreement with him about extending this length.
After moving from the KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg in May 2020, Zub is now a defense-first blueliner and has become a consistent presence for Ottawa. Zub has two goals, four points and played 22 minutes per game primarily as the top pair with Thomas Chabot in 14 games this year. Due to injuries, he has not played in any of Ottawa’s 32 games. suffering a jaw injury This was to keep him off the streets for three to four weeks.
Zub has a strong international resume and won a gold medal with Russian Olympic Athletes in 2018, as well as two bronze medals for Russia at the IIHF World Championships 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Together with Thomas Chabot, Jake Sanderson and the emerging Jake Sanderson the Senators have three long-term pieces of their blue line secure, and five defensemen, Dillon Heatherington (and Nikita Zitsev) under contract for 2023-24.
Although this year almost surely won’t result in a playoff berth that may have been expected by some, Ottawa is quietly mapping its route With a positive outlook for the future. Zub is a durable and reliable fan favourite who doesn’t play with a lot of flash but is now deservedly rewarded for playing well above initial expectations over the past two seasons.
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