Eugene Melnyk, Senators owner, says Mark Stone, 26, is too old to receive a big, long-term NHL contract
Stone is only 26.
This is a new one. Up until the trade deadline, Mark Stone seemed like the player the Senators were the most interested in at least trying to hold on to. They eventually did trade him to he Golden Knights, where he's been thriving and that will kick in after this season. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk doesn't seem to have any regrets.
On Bill Carroll's radio show in Canada, Melnyk said that Stone, 26, is too old to give a big contract to. To reiterate: Stone is 26. When his eight-year deal with the Golden Knights is up, he'll be 34.
The Senators aren't devoid of a future. They have a lot of draft picks, including the Blue Jackets' first rounder next season and potentially three first rounders in 2020. But it's not reassuring after Ottawa traded away Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Stone at the deadline. Obviously, those deals were made out of necessity -- they aren't competing and those were pieces from when they thought they had a championship window -- but hearing that an eight-year contract that ends at age 34 is too big of an investment should worry Senators fans.
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