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by Paul on 09/12/10 at 10:02 AM ET
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Nieuwendyk said he has spoken recently with Neal’s agent, Pat Morris, and both sides continue to work on a deal.
Morris works for Newport Sports Management, an agency that has represented many high-profile restricted free agents this summer. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, another Newport client, is also without a deal.
Newport’s Craig Oster negotiated a three-year, $9.25 million deal for Nashville’s restricted free agent Patric Hornqvist.
Hornqvist put up comparable numbers to Neal’s last season, but Nieuwendyk warned against drawing any conclusions from that contract.
“There are comparables and there are people who belong to the same agent,” he said. “But we do things that reflect where we are . ... [Predators GM] David Poile did what he thought was best for his hockey club. We’ll do the same with ours, too.”
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