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Contract Extension Talks Not Going Well For Marc Methot And The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Ottawa Senators defenceman Marc Methot to sign a long-term contract extension any time soon.

Negotiations between the Senators and Methot’s agent, Larry Kelly, are at a stalemate as the sides try to work out a deal to prevent the 6-3, 230-pound defenceman from becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.

Methot, who will make $3.75 million next season in the final year of a four-year, $12 million contract, has been compared to Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals and Matt Carle of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Washington during the summer and Carle is heading into the second year of his six-year, $33 million deal with Tampa.

But that’s a big price tag for the Senators, whose 2013-14 payroll ranks 28th among 30 NHL teams. The Senators are also in the midst of talks to try to keep Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson from becoming unrestricted free agents next summer.


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alwaysaurie's avatar

Raise your hand if you think Ottawa should be forcibly sold to someone who’ll try to field the best possible team… and have a reasonable payroll.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 08/09/14 at 09:45 AM ET


I’m just going to laugh and laugh. All the shirt they said about Alfredsson when he left because they were a bunch of tightwads welching on a verbal agreement… “No, not us.” Now everyone knows how much more important it is to control the cap than have s decent team. Like Dollar bill Wirtz all over again.

Posted by teldar on 08/09/14 at 10:51 AM ET


inb4 red wings fans showing up to beg and plead for a trade.

Posted by redwingshomersLOL on 08/09/14 at 10:57 AM ET


Lazy troll can’t even be bothered with complete thoughts.

Poor lazy troll.

Posted by Garth on 08/09/14 at 11:47 AM ET

bigdee89's avatar

With the way the Sens are going they could become the next Coyotes.  I’ve heard attendance is pretty poor for a hockey market.  Visitor fans can outnumber home fans.

They’ve lost a reported 94 million since 2003

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 08/09/14 at 12:45 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

The past couple years has seen Melnyk start to really pinch pennies.  He refuses to spend money to bring in free agents and expects his own free agents to constantly take home town discounts.  They need an owner who’s serious about winning the Cup, not one who’s counting pennies.  Pretty soon, they’re going to be like the Montreal Expos.  Great young talent who leave as quickly as they can.  A farm team for the rest of the league.

Attendance isn’t too bad and the crowds are pretty good and loud.  At least the games I’ve gone to.  However, there are a lot of Montreal and Toronto fans in Ottawa and they invade Scotia Bank Place on game nights.  I don’t think any other teams come even remotely close to outnumbering Sens fans.  It’s just those two, mostly due to proximity.  And, I have to say it was really funny hearing Alfie getting booed at home. grin

I half-expect Methot to be traded for picks and prospects at the trade deadline.  Bobby Ryan too.  I don’t think he’ll stick around Ottawa for a rebuilt or just to play on a mediocre team.  When your first line centre is Turris and Chris Neil is on the powerplay, you’re in trouble.  Ottawa won’t be sniffing the playoffs for at least a couple more years.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 08/09/14 at 08:18 PM ET

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