Senators win Da Costa sweepstakes

Stephane Da Costa has found a home, and it’s in Ottawa with the Senators. The club announced that they have signed the NCAA standout to a two-year entry-level contract on Thursday. Several teams were in pursuit of the 21-year old French star, but he settled on beginning his career in the Senators organization.

Da Costa’s debut in the NHL will almost certainly be deferred until next season, so that the Senators can avoid burning the first year of the new deal. No word yet if Da Costa will join France for the World Championships for the second straight year.

The Senators youthful roster likely played a role in Da Costa’s decision, as he stands a decent shot at making the team out of camp next season. In two years with Merrimack College in Massachusetts, Da Costa registered 30 goals and 90 points. The Senators came out on top of the race for his services in favour of Anaheim, Boston, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: Colour us surprised as it sounds like Da Costa will play for the Senators on Saturday night. Via Chris Johnson tweet:

Comments (4)

  1. You know, it’s not really that surprising. Minnesota did something like that last season as well. It’s an added incentive for the player, almost like a loophole on the entry level system, allowing them to effectively shorten their ELC by a season while getting their career under way. I would not be shocked that agreeing to start him in the NHL and burn that year off right away was part of the reason Ottawa got him under contract.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ottawa signed him to a bonus laden 3-year deal, still caught off guard by the decision to burn off half the deal for a couple of games.

  3. I think one of the conditions of him signing was that he could start playing right away. I still don’t understand though, is he Restricted at the end of next season, or Unrestricted?

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