The Ottawa Senators and forward Mark Stone avoided arbitration when they agreed on a one year $7.35million deal.

The deal came just hours before the scheduled arbitration hearing and saved what could have ended up one more of many broken relationships between the Sens and their players. 

With the two sides only agreeing to a one year deal, that sets up the Sens to have their three biggest stars hit free agency next summer in Stone, Matt Duchene and Erik Karlsson. 

Many would say that none of them will return and Stone was asked just that. 

"I was really happy with the way everything panned out," Stone said, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. "I don’t think either side really wanted to take it to arbitration. We're really happy with the number and both sides are really happy to have the opportunity to try and work something out long-term."

Stone has never scored less than 20 goals, however has also never scored more than 26. 

The Senators and their upcoming UFA's will be an interesting story to follow heading into the 2018-19 trade deadline. 

Source: Ottawa Sun
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