John Tavares, Tyler Myers and Luke Schenn may be close to new deals…Updates on Zach Bogosian…Bruins open talks with David Krejci…Trent Hunter accepts training camp invitation from Kings…Alexei Yashin discusses his future plans.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports NY Islanders forward John Tavares and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers are believed on the verge of re-signing multi-year deals with their respective teams, possibly within the range of six years and around $5.5 million per season.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staples reports negotiations between the Tavares camp and the Islanders could be completed before the start of the season. Islanders GM Garth Snow and Tavares’ agent Pat Brisson declined to comment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if these deals are front-or back-loaded. Still, this has to be good news for Islanders and Sabres fans, for if these two are inked this month, it’ll certainly avoid the kind of seemingly endless speculation over their status as RFAs next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on term or dollars.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie offered up his take on the unsigned RFA situation, suggested Schenn, Brad Marchand, Zach Bogosian and Josh Bailey are likely to be re-signed by the weekend, as dialogue between their agents and their teams is ongoing, which is encouraging. He’s less encouraged with Drew Doughty’s and Kyle Turris’s status, claiming not much appears to be happening on those front. He claims Kings are adamant on Doughty signing for at least seven years and his salary cannot be more than $6.8 million per season, the same as Anze Kopitar.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent reports out of Boston suggest Marchand could still be unsigned when the Bruins open training camp. Things certainly seem more uncertain over Doughty and Turris, and at this point it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re also unsigned when training camp begins for their respective teams. Interesting blurb about Doughty, as Kings GM Dean Lombardi suggested earlier this summer he was willing to make Doughty the highest paid player on the Kings if he were to agree to a long-term deal.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staples reports Alexei Yashin continues to skate with the Islanders, but hasn’t settled on any plans for the upcoming season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reports Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian dismisses the theory one signing – his, Drew Doughty’s or Luke Schenn’s – could set financial precedent for the others, pointing out he hasn’t had the same career development as Doughty.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports the Bruins are believed to have quietly opened contract talks with David Krejci, who’s in line to become the club’s first line center with Marc Savard sidelined for the season to post-concussion symptoms. Haggerty believes Krejci could be seeking a salary comparable to teammate Patrice Bergeron, who’s earning a cap hit of $5 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the Bruins could get Krejci re-signed before the start of the season, but it’s also possible the Krejci camp could wait until later in the season, in hopes his stats could provide more justification for their salary requests.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly inviting an NHL veteran on a professional tryout to their training camp, and it could be former Oilers forward Fernando Pisani. Matheson reports that wouldn’t be surprising, as Pisani played for the Oilers back when Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was employed in the Oilers front office.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports former Islander forward Trent Hunter has accepted a training camp tryout invitation from the LA Kings.