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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When the Ottawa Senators signed Bobby Ryan to a long-term extension earlier this month, it removed what would have been the team’s biggest distraction in terms of a negative, nagging story line.
But another loose end remains. Top-four blueliner Marc Methot is an unrestricted free agent after the season and contract talks have not produced an extension to this point.
The Senators made a contract offer two weeks ago but to no avail. It’s believed talks will resume this week.
What’s clear is this: the Senators front office does not want this to drag on all season into the trade deadline.
more plus some tanking talk...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Methot couldn't participate in Friday's skate test, but practised Saturday and played in Sunday's intra-squad game. He has not participated in any of the team's four exhibitions since, nor was he able to take part in Thursday's practice.
While negotiations on a contract extension for Methot have hit a standstill, there exists rumours the Senators are looking to trade him. Meanwhile, on Thursday MacLean labelled Methot a "top pairing" defenceman that is "virtually important to the success" of the team.
"We've tried to really monitor this, and be on top of this," MacLean said of Methot's injury. "Is it frustrating? For Marc, it is frustrating. For myself, we need him on the ice healthy, not 80 percent. At the start of the season we need players at 100 percent. When I say 70 or 80, I'm using that as a general term.
"In Marc's situation, he has something that's keeping him off the ice and we're trying to make sure we get it taken care of before the season starts. We're not going to just shovel him out there, just to have him out there. We want to make sure he's going to be able to do the things that he can do. We need him to be all that he can be, not just out there at 70%."
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators and Marc Methot are just $300,000 per year apart in negotiations on a contract extension.
It seems to be either a very workable gap or an excuse for Ottawa to solve its blueline logjam by trading the veteran defenceman.
Methot is beginning to think the latter.
"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," a disappointed Methot told the Sun Tuesday.
Entering the final season on a contract that has a $3 million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 million salary, Methot, an Ottawa native, is willing to sign up long term for what he feels is a "hometown discount."
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators are going to get Marc Methot signed before training camp they've got a lot of work to do.
There have been no discussions between the Senators and Methot's Ottawa-based agent Larry Kelly in at least two weeks and none are planned.
Making $3 million heading into the final year of his contract, it's believed Methot's camp is looking for a deal similar to the five-year, $5.5 million that Brooks Oprik got from the Washington Capitals.
Though the Senators would certainly like to get Methot signed to a five-year deal to keep him in his hometown they aren't willing to ante up that kind of money and talks are at a stalemate.
also from Garrioch,
While the Senators have 48 players under contract and don’t have any plans to sign anybody before camp starts Sept. 18 at Canadian Tire Centre, GM Bryan Murray would still like to add a top nine forward.
At this juncture, with the free agent market virtually empty, the only way to do that may be through a trade but a check with NHL executives in the last few days indicates the pickings are slim.
League sources say the forwards available at the moment include Carolina’s Alexander Semin, New Jersey’s Damien Brunner along with Buffalo’s Drew Stafford and Chris Stewart.
Semin is the most over-priced at $7 million per-season through 2017-18 while Stafford and Stewart have one left in the $4 million range. Brunner is the most reasonably priced at $2.5 million.
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.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with defenseman Marc Methot, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.