NHL Watcher: Pierre LeBrun on Brady Tkachuk: “Nonetheless not the type of progress that I feel each side us had hoped for, enormous for the Senators to me to make this an 8-yr or at the least 6-yr deal. If this finally ends up a bridge deal..that’s a purple flag for me when it comes to Brady Tkachuk’s future in Ottawa”
Shawn Simpson: If the Ottawa Senators are providing Brady Tkachuk eight years at $8 million per and if Tkachuk is asking for eight years at $8.4 million per, would go as much as $67.2 million from $64 million to get it accomplished.
Hope the edges are that shut and may get a long-term deal accomplished versus a bridge deal. Can’t blame both facet on this because it’s simply a part of enterprise.
Shawn Simpson: “When the time period construction is talked about, it’s not at all times about bonus cash.
I spoke to 1 tremendous agent who laid out what his ask could be on 8 x 8.2. 6.6, 7.75, 9, 10.25, 9.5, 8.5, 7.25, 6.8.
Keep away from early escrow, ballon within the center, then drop within the backend. That is compliant.”
Jimmy Murphy: “Comparables are at all times a sticking level with brokers in NHL contract negotiations and I’m instructed that has been the case in Brady Tkachuk talks.”
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators: Ottawa Senators proprietor Eugene Melnyk, GM Pierre Dorion, coach D.J. Smith, Senior VP Pierre McGuire and the remainder of their hockey operations division know the way vital Brady Tkachuk is to the group and that’s the reason they’re pushing for a long-term deal and never a bridge deal.
It’s believed the Senators have supplied eight years at $8 million however are looking for widespread floor on the construction of the deal. Although signing bonuses get introduced up, that might not be the case. It’s arduous to say what’s holding up the deal however thinks there’s nonetheless a spot with time period and cash.
The Senators are attempting to not overpay Tkachuk as they know they’ll quickly have to offer new offers to Josh Norris, Tim Stuetzle, Shane Pinto, Alex Formenton and, finally, Jake Sanderson.
“You’ll assume so, however it’s arduous to inform with the (Tkachuk) household,” one league insider mentioned. “He seems to be the final man standing, however I’m unsure he’d really feel the strain the identical manner others would.”