With the impending expiration of the NHL CBA, here’s the latest on Jamie Benn, P.K Subban, Ryan Getzlaf, Dmitry Kulikov and Michael Del Zotto.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars likely won’t re-sign RFA forward Jamie Benn before the CBA expires at midnight. The Stars would prefer to sign Benn to a three-year “bridge” contract, while Benn is seeking a longer term.
RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoie reports via Twitter: “Don’t expect the Canadiens to sign PK Subban before midnight on the 15. If it happen, it will be a big surprise. Nobody expect one.”
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: New contracts for pending UFA Anaheim Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will have to wait until a new CBA is in place.
THE MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov expects to have a new contract in place not long after the new CBA is implemented.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s contract situation might get more interesting in the wake of the Washington Capitals signing John Carlson to a six year, $23.8 million contract. Rangers GM Glen Sather said his offer to Del Zotto (believed to be three years at $2.5 million per season) won’t change and he expects the blueliner to “come to his senses” and sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If a new CBA is finalized in time to salvage the upcoming season, expect most, if not all, of the aforementioned RFA players (Benn, Subban, Kulikov and Del Zotto) to be signed within a couple of weeks of its implementation. Re-signing UFAs Getzlaf and Perry could take longer. I’ll be very surprised if any of these players are signed before midnight tonight.