Dorion said the team offered him a "substantial raise," but the parties couldn't come to an agreement. Duclair chose to represent himself in negotiations.
Duclair potted a career-high 23 goals in 66 games during the 2019-20 campaign. However, he scored just twice in his final 29 contests after a blazing-hot start earned him an All-Star nod. The 25-year-old winger immediately becomes one of the most intriguing options set to hit the open market.
The Senators have just under $40 million committed to their roster for next season and will need to spend over $20 million to reach the cap floor. They have several RFAs in need of new contracts, though, including Connor Brown, Chris Tierney, and the newly acquired Matt Murray.