Updates on Brad Marchand, Zach Parise, John Tavares, Drew Doughty and Steve Staios.
BOSTON GLOBE/CSNNE.COM/ESPN.COM: report there’s nothing new to report on the contract talks between the Bruins and the agent for forward Brad Marchand, who continues to remain optimistic over getting a deal done, adding he wants to remain a Bruin. Marchand doubts there’ll be any lingering “bad blood” resulting from this.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been some speculation the Bruins might shop him if they can’t get him under contract by training camp, but I doubt things get that far. I still believe they’l reach an agreement, probably on a two-year deal worth between $2-$2.5 million per season.
NHL.COM: Dave Lozo reports New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise doesn’t feel his current contract is a one-year-and done deal, adding he remains hopeful of re-signing a long term deal with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello asked Parise to hold off until next summer, when he’ll have more available cap space, plus could also have a better idea as to what might be contained in the new CBA.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside reports NY Islanders forward John Tavares will be a restricted free agent next summer, but he remains committed to sticking with the Isles and helping them build a contender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Many of the Isles free agents over the past year or two have committed to the Isles by re-signing, so I don’t see Tavares doing anything different. They believe they’re on the right path toward playoff contention.
LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Helene Elliott reported via Twitter Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Drew Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, have agreed not to publicly discuss contract negotiations, but thus far, it doesn’t appear an announcement of a new contract for Doughty is imminent.
HAMILTON SPECTATOR: Steve Milton reports former Oilers and Flames defenseman Steve Staios is unconcerned he’s yet to sign with an NHL club. Staios admitted he’s had a handful of chances to pursue but none were quite right, adding he’ll continue to be patient and wait for the right situation.