It appears Anaheim Ducks’ forward Matt Beleskey could be headed to the open market.
The 27-year-old set a career-high in goals (22) and points (32) during the 2014-15 season.
His two-year, $2.7 million contract is set to expire on July 1 making him an unrestricted free agent and, according to GM Bob Murray, the two sides aren’t close.
“It’s a bumpy road right now,” Murray told The FAN 590 on Monday. “I’m not going to lie. We’re going to take one more shot at it, and then we’ll have to move on.
“You gotta protect yourself. It’s not just the contract this year; it’s what it does to your team in future years. You’ve gotta be looking one, three, five, seven years out. You gotta see what that contract does to you, the term of it. There’s lots of things that go into this that people don’t see right off the bat.”
Prior to last season Beleskey scored just 35 goals total in parts of six seasons with the Ducks.
Beleskey has expressed his desire to remain in Anaheim, but the Ducks have decisions to make with Emerson Etem and Jakob Silfverberg both set to become restricted free agents.
Murray also has to make a decision on Tomas Fleischmann who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
“The organization has some very difficult decisions coming up in the next two or three months,” Murray said.
On the blue line Francois Beauchemin is schedule to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.