Calling all NHL junkies.
You're craving hot, fresh rumors from the league you love. Contract extensions. Trades. Whatever the buzz is, that's what you're after.
No, you aren't going to get news on the superstars of the league. Those guys were dealt or signed to new contracts weeks ago. But as teams continue to build a roster or take care of their own guys in-house, a few rumors are still emerging from behind closed doors.
This is the latest buzz around the league.
Do you remember when you were a kid on the night of Christmas, after the presents had been opened and the family dinner was done and everything was just winding to a close? Do you remember thinking to yourself, Oh man, I have to wait a whole year for this to happen again? Do you remember the feeling of wanting Christmas to happen again tomorrow and not in a year?
Okay, now apply that same feeling to any hopes you might have had of Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators agreeing to a long-term extension in the near future.
Because it ain't happening, at least not right away according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen:
Negotiations between the Senators and Methot’s agent, Larry Kelly, are at a stalemate as the sides try to work out a deal to prevent the 6'3", 230-pound defenceman from becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.
Methot, who will make $3.75 million next season in the final year of a four-year, $12 million contract, has been compared to Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals and Matt Carle of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Obviously, both sides would likely prefer to get a deal sooner rather than later. Methot would like the security of having a long-term contract in place before the season in case he's injured. The Senators would like to sign him to an extension so they don't potentially lose him after the season or are forced to overpay to keep him if a competitive market unfolds for his services.
And a pretty competitive market likely will develop.
Cooler heads will likely prevail and the parties will work something out. But in the interim, well, don't expect anything nice and shiny under the tree just yet.
You probably know Paul Bissonnette from Twitter, where he has one of the funnier accounts of any current athlete not named Joel Embiid. You might also know him from his time in the NHL, most recently with the Phoenix Coyotes last season.
Or perhaps you know him because of his rather epic response to the ALS ice-bucket challenge. And no, epic is not being used lightly in this case.
However you've become familiar with Bissonnette, the free agent may be coming to an NHL team near you soon, according to Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona:
NHL source says Caps, Wild & Penguins are all in the running to sign former Coyote @BizNasty2point0. Caps are thought to be leading.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) August 8, 2014
Bissonnette is often self-deprecating when it comes to his actual ability on the ice, and the left-winger did manage just eight points in 39 games a season ago. But he also tried to shed his label as a fourth-line fighter last year and turn himself into a player who can make an impact on a daily basis and in an expanded role.
Certainly, whichever team ends up signing him will be banking on his continued evolution. And, you know, being entertained on Twitter.
There's nothing more empowering in life than options. Especially for an employee feeling disgruntled at his job who knows the prospect of employment elsewhere means leverage when negotiating for a new role or higher pay at his or her current position.
In the case of restricted free agent Torey Krug, the option to play in another country might just be presenting itself. That could come in quite handy if his negotiations with the Boston Bruins don't go his way.
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com has more:
A source with knowledge of Krug’s negotiations told CSNNE.com that there’s been a sizable offer made for the defenseman’s services by an unidentified KHL team. The offer, according to the source, included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus.
When contacted by CSNNE.com, Krug’s agent, Lewis Gross, wouldn’t confirm, or deny, that the KHL offer existed, and instead offered an apologetic “no comment.”
After notching 14 goals and scoring 40 points during his rookie season, Krug no doubt established himself as a player with the potential for a very bright future, and he likely wants to be compensated as such. He probably figured that future would come in the NHL, not overseas.
But he would be wise in this case to at least posture as though he would consider playing in the KHL. And he certainly wouldn't be the first player to make the jump, either.
Is it likely to happen? No, of course not. More than likely, he'll sign a contract favorable to the Bruins in the short-term and hold their feet to the fire to do good by him the next time he signs, or he'll get his money elsewhere.
That elsewhere just likely won't be in Russia.