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Mark Stone's one-year deal is a win for him, but the Senators are still in a precarious spot

Mark Stone's one-year deal is a win for him, but the Senators are still in a precarious spot
Published On: Mon, Aug 06
Nov 28, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone (26) checks his brother Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) during the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Stone and the Ottawa Senators came to an agreement on a one-year, $7.35 million contract on Friday, narrowly avoiding arbitration in the process.

Stone, 26, was a restricted free agent and had reportedly been asking for $9 million in arbitration while the team lobbed an offer of $5 million in return. They meet somewhere in the middle, at least for a year.A 

The deal seems like a win-win for Stone, who had 20 goals and 62 points in 58 games last year. He gets a deserved raise this year (he was making $3.5 million in each of the past three seasons) and appears to be heading toward a bigger, longer term payday next year, when he's set to become an unrestricted free agent. He doesn't have to commit to Ottawa long term, which -- from the outside looking in -- seems like a big win when you consider the disarray that organization is in right now.

On Ottawa's side, this isn't exactly an ideal situation. Sure, the Senators get Stone -- their best two-way forward -- under contract and buy themselves some time to figure out their future plans. But that future doesn't exactly look bright considering the current state of the franchise and its roster.

The Senators' three best players -- Stone, Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene -- are all heading toward unrestricted free agency at season's end. After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons ago, the wheels quickly fell off and the Sens finished as the second-worst team in the league last season.A 

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