The big three restricted free agents remain just that; unsigned and as a result the pressure may be starting to mount for either the club or the players. Here’s the latest on all three.
First, P.K. Subban. Well, not much to report here (cricket sounds). As of yesterday, Darren Dreger of TSN.ca tweeted that there was no new updates on the Subban front and that the two sides remain far apart. Subban wants a long-term deal while the Montreal Canadiens are sticking to their two-year offer. The financials also appear to be an issue with Subban said to be asking for around $4MM per season, while the Habs feel that $2.75MM is fair, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Dave Stubbs reports that Subban’s agent has denied rumors that they’ve asked for a trade, stating they are simply untrue (via Twitter).
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN thinks that the Benn will be the first of the three to sign and suggests that the two sides aren’t that far apart. Dallas has remained adamant that they won’t go six-years for Benn, who led the team in scoring last season. Benn does have some negotiating power given his stats and similar contracts given to comparable stars such as John Tavares, Phil Kessel, Jeff Skinner and Evander Kane. LeBrun feels that if the Stars go a bit higher than Kessel’s, 5-year, $27MM, that would be enough to get Benn to sign.
Staying with LeBrun, he feels that Ryan O’Reilly is in the drivers seat when it comes to his new contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He’s currently playing in the KHL and according to LeBrun “he’s making good money, tax free.” The other side is he appears to be happy playing over there and is no rush to come back to the Avs, without what he considers a fair deal.
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