With NHL training camps opening next week, several notable restricted free agents remain unsigned. Read on for the latest media reports on Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian, Luke Schenn and Josh Bailey.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox reports six prominent young players - Drew Doughty, Luke Schenn, Zach Bogosian, Brad Marchand, Kyle Turris and Josh Bailey – remain unsigned with the start of training camp just days away. Despite some of the differences regarding their respective contract situations, Cox suggests Doughty’s status may be impacting the others, who may be waiting for him to re-sign. Forwards Marchand, Turris and Bailey may have James van Riemsdyk’s new contract – a six year, $25.5 million deal – in mind. Cox also noted whatever strategy works for these RFAs could be employed by next summer’s crop, which includes John Tavares, Evander Kane, Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN: report the lines of communication remain open between Jets management and the agent for Zach Bogosian but so far no deal appears imminent. A deal is expected before training camp but time is growing short.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports agent Don Meehan, who represents Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn, claimed another meeting with Maple Leafs management is slated for early next week.
NEWSDAY: Katie Strang reports Josh Bailey remains unconcerned over his contract negotiations, expressing confidence a new deal will be done soon, adding he wants to remain an Islander.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: These players could be re-signed before the middle of next week, when training camps open. Some may not. It appears the agents for these players are looking to get the best deal they can for these players because this upcoming season is the last one under this CBA, and it’s uncertain what could be implemented in the next one which might adversely affect their future value. So, we wait…