The Ottawa Senators and defenseman Marc Methot haven’t had discussions regarding a contract extension in two weeks according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.
Methot, who is entering the final year of his four-year, $12 million dollar deal, is believed to be seeking an extension in the five-year, $5.5 million per year range similar to that of Washington Capitals’ Brooks Orpik.
Garrioch says the term isn’t what’s scaring off the Sens at this point, but the value of the deal is too rich for GM Bryan Murray.
As mentioned in the piece, the Sens have seven defenseman signed to one-way contracts heading into training camp this month so if an extension can’t be worked out for Methot, a trade is likely.
Forwards Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra along with Methot are the only remaining Sens heading into the final year of their deals with unrestricted free agency looming.
Methot, an Ottawa native, has spent the past two seasons with the Sens after coming over from Columbus where he played the first six years of his career.