Drew Doughty continues to work on a new contract with the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
With NHL training camps opening this week, the status of unsigned restricted free agents Drew Doughty, Brad Marchand, Zach Bogosian, Kyle Turris, Luke Schenn and Josh Bailey has increasingly become a topic of media interest.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star suggested everyone might be waiting to see what happens with Doughty, particularly his fellow blueliners Bogosian and Schenn.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos late last week tweeted the Doughty camp had rejected multiple offers from the Kings, including one for nine years worth $61.2 million.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, however, reported that offer was made very early in the negotiations and that Doughty's side doesn't want a deal of that length and moved on to consider shorter proposals.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Elliott the problem was “how much and length,” adding the two sides haven't reached the point of discussing “no-trade” or “no-movement” clauses. Lombardi’s also hopeful of meeting directly with Doughty, though the defenseman could insist on negotiations continuing with his agent.
Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider.com is reporting Lombardi will meet with team ownership and come up with a “negotiation plan” for the final days leading up to training camp.
Bogosian and Schenn, meanwhile, won't be getting offers as lucrative as those being pitched to Doughty, but talks reportedly were ongoing between their agents and their respective teams.
Cox also wrote forwards Marchand, Turris and Bailey may be looking at the contract (six years, $25.5 million) left winger James van Riemsdyk recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, suggesting Turris may be aiming toward that with his recent salary demands.
Van Riemsdyk and Turris were the second and third overall picks in the 2007 entry draft. That, however, is where the comparisons end. In two NHL seasons, van Riemsdyk has a total of 36 goals and 75 points, whereas Turris over the same period has 19 goals and 45 points.
The argument could be made the Flyers overpaid van Riemsdyk, but based on his performance last season, especially in the 2011 post-season, where he scored seven goals in 11 games, they believe he's capable of playing up to that salary.
Turris, on the other hand, has yet to demonstrate to the Coyotes he's worth that kind of investment.
It was recently reported Turris was seeking either a three-year deal worth just more than $4 million per season or a two-year deal for more than $3 million annually.
Given the Coyotes’ current ownership situation, if Turris wants to play this season he'll either have to come down in his asking price or hope he's dealt to a team willing to pay that much.
Bailey, meanwhile, told Newsday he's unconcerned about his contract talks with the Islanders and remains hopeful a deal will be in place before training camp.
It was only a matter of time until trade rumors would start swirling about at least one of these players.
Earlier this summer, Bogosian had been the subject of media-generated trade chatter, but Jets management swiftly scuttled those.
Marchand's name has now appeared in the rumor mill, as Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun recently claimed the Boston Bruins were trying to determine the left winger's value on the trade market.
Previous reports out of Boston indicated there was little progress in his negotiations, but Marchand has repeatedly stated he wants to remain a Bruin.
It's currently unknown what's delaying a deal. It's assumed he could earn around $2.5 million per season on a three-year contract.
Marchand would attract considerable interest if the Bruins were indeed shopping him, but the expectation remains he'll be re-signed rather than traded.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and Kukla's Korner.
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