Last summer, Cory Schneider and Tuukka Rask shared a bond as two rising goaltenders watching two already-established stars battle it out for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Much has changed since then, as each netminder seems likely to take the mantle with their respective teams. Still, Schneider might want to watch Rask closely because the Bruins backup-turned-No. 1’s deal could heavily influence Schneider’s own market value.
“It [contract] is not going to get done the first time you talk or in a day or night,” Schneider said. “We’re going to take our time.”
Few restricted free agents hold the power that Schneider (and Rask, really) does right now. The Canucks face a tough challenge both in trading Roberto Luongo and signing Schneider to a deal that’s adheres realistically to his impressive – but relatively small – body of work instead of allowing it to swell to the increasingly glowing perception he’s garnered.
It’s anyone’s guess how much Schneider can make because – like the Bruins – the Canucks are really stuck in a tough spot. Keeping the staring contest going through July 1 will only increase his chances of making a ton of cash.
Report: Flyers, Schenn disagree on money, term with arbitration looming
It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have some work to do if they hope to avoid an arbitration hearing with Brayden Schenn.
The session would take place on Monday, so the clock is ticking.
While the differences in opinion aren’t outright enormous, the Flyers still need to clean up their cap situation, so every $1 million counts. That – plus the length of a deal – seem to be the issue for the 24-year-old forward and the Flyers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
Brayden Schenn arb: PHI: $4.25M year 1 and just under $4.37 year 2. Player ask: $5.5M for one year
With the Flyers aiming for a two-year agreement while Schenn just wants one, it’s not quite as simple as merely saying “split the difference.”
Then again, that general logic could prove helpful. Perhaps the best path to a deal would be for the Flyers to edge closer to $5.5 million while convincing Schenn to sign for two years rather than one?
Of course, the Flyers could also offer Schenn more security in exchange for giving up some UFA years:
To be clear, those reported numbers are what was submitted to arbitrator. Doesn't mean they can't settle for longer term before Monday.
When the adrenaline wears off after a big hit or violent fight, fans will want to see results on the scoreboard and in the standings. It remains to be seen if the Oilers truly made strides in that regard during a summer of change.
On the bright side, their wunderkind star and expensive new addition are at least on the same page.
Report: Las Vegas NHL team asked permission to speak with Capitals assistant GM
Ross Mahoney was hired by McPhee to be the director of amateur scouting for the Caps which he did for 16 seasons before becoming assistant general manager. If you thought the team drafted well during McPhee’s tenure, Mahoney is a major reason why.
The Caps are in a tricky position here. Denying employees the chance to seek other opportunities looks bad, but then again the Capitals don’t want to see their entire office raided by Vegas.