It’s not looking good for a quick resolution in the Drew Doughty and Kyle Turris contract negotiations, but the Maple Leafs could be close to getting Luke Schenn signed.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reported yesterday contract talks between the LA Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty appear at an impasse, though that could change with one phone call. Term and salary remain issues.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports sources say Kings GM Dean Lombardi have told Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, the club has no intention of paying his client more than Anze Kopitar’s $6.8 million per season. It’s rumored Doughty is seeking $7 million per season. Dreger also suggested the possibility a deal might not be done by week’s end and Doughty possibly holding out could see the Kings pull their offer from the table by the end of the week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this summer Lombardi suggested he’d be willing to make Doughty the highest paid King if he would agree to a long-term deal. Things appear to have changed since then. Both sides claim they’re not going to “negotiate through the media”, so it remains to be seen what impact any of this will have on negotiations. One gets the sense this could go either way, that Doughty could hold out, or things could be resolved by Friday.
NBCSPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Matt Reitz reports Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney said there’s been no progress made in contract talks with Kyle Turris, expecting the forward won’t be at training camp when it opens on Friday. The Turris camp is reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth just over $4 million per season.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Matthew Sekeres suggested Turris’ salary requests, if accurate, “looks like a trade request in disguise”.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reported Wednesday the two sides weren’t any closer in negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times: no way Turris gets that kind of money from the Coyotes, or any other NHL team. The only place I could see him getting that salary is in the KHL. The only basis I see for these demands is he was the third overall pick in the 2007 entry draft behind Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk, who recently inked a multi-year extension worth over $4 million per season. The difference, however, is van Riemsdyk is now a top forward with the Flyers, who appeared last season to demonstrate he was on the verge of breaking through as a power forward. Turris, on the other hand, has yet to demonstrate he’s on the verge of a breakout season. If this is in fact a veiled effort to be traded, it’s not going to reflect well upon him. If he just wants out, say so.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: reported Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn remains unconcerned over the status of his contract negotiations and remains confident he’ll be re-signed before training camp opens at week’s end. It was rumored he was seeking close to $4 million per season but the Winnipeg Jets recent re-signing of Zach Bogosian to a two-year, $5 million deal will likely impact negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By all accounts talks between the two sides are ongoing and a deal could be in place by Friday. As TSN’s Darren Dreger suggested, Schenn’s new salary could come in somewhere between Bogosian’s $2.5 million per season average cap hit and the $3.9 million per season Marc Staal is getting from the NY Rangers.