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Jake Sanderson Signs $64.4 Million Extension with Ottawa Senators

Jake Sanderson kicked off his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. After a successful start with the Senators, the 21-year-old defensemen agreed to sign an eight-year extension, reportedly worth 64.4 million. Sanderson’s new deal will make him the third-highest player on the Senators’ team, behind Tim Stutzle and Brady Tkachuk. It comes with an average annual value of $8.05 million, but Sanderson isn’t too concerned about the numbers and his main priority is to help the squad reach the Stanley Cup. "You just see the chemistry in the locker room, it's something that will be here for a while… I think we're going to win within the next couple of years. We know that. And I want to be here for it. So that's the main thing,” he told the reporters. General manager Pierre Dorion praised Sanderson's flawless transition to the NHL and described him as “an effortless skater who holds himself to a high standard [and] has the talent to be one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL for years to come.” Sanderson was drafted fifth overall by the Senators in 2020, and he went on to score 32 points in 77 games with the team so far.