The Detroit Red Wings secured Alex DeBrincat in a trade with the Ottawa Senators and then signed him to a four-year pact carrying an average annual value of $7.875 million, the acquiring club announced Sunday.
Ottawa sent DeBrincat to Detroit for forward Dominik Kubalik, defenseman Donovan Sebrango, a conditional first-round pick in next year’s draft, and a fourth-rounder in the same event.
DeBrincat was arguably the top remaining restricted free agent and would’ve been eligible to become a UFA next summer.
Last week, DeBrincat’s agent Jeff Jackson denied a report that his client’s contract demands were holding up a trade.
The 25-year-old winger is a two-time 41-goal scorer who produced 27 tallies and a career-high 39 assists in 2022-23, his first season with the Senators. Ottawa had reportedly been gauging the trade market for DeBrincat since early June. The Sens took him to arbitration shortly thereafter, and he required a $9-million qualifying offer.
Ottawa acquired the Michigan-born forward from the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2022 draft in exchange for three picks, including the seventh overall selection, which the Blackhawks used to select defenseman Kevin Korchinski.
DeBrincat played his first five seasons with Chicago, racking up 160 goals and 147 assists over 368 games. The Blackhawks drafted him 39th overall in 2016.
Kubalik posted 20 tallies and 25 helpers while playing a career-high 81 contests in 2022-23. The 27-year-old spent one campaign with the Red Wings after starting his career with Chicago. Kubalik buried 30 goals in just 68 games during his rookie year with the Blackhawks in 2019-20.
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