What a difference a year makes.
Now with the Sharks, it appears Dillon could ink a new deal within the next few weeks.
“My kind of gut feel is that it should get done within the next little while, next few weeks,” Dillon’s agent Jarrett Bousquet told PHT. “I don’t see it dragging on any further.
“I think both sides feel that talks have been good and should be able to get something done.”
Dillon’s one-year, $1.25 million deal is set to expire on July 1 making him a restricted free agent. He has arbitration rights, but it doesn’t appear the two sides will go that route.
“In this negotiation we didn’t (look at comparable defensemen),” said Bousquet. “When we sort of figured out the market place and what a good, young defenseman should get.
“We kind of agreed on a term first, and once you agree on a term, it’s easier to get to a number.”
The term agreed on appears to be several years.
“Long term for a young defenseman between probably 4-6 years, somewhere in there, 3-6 years somewhere,” said Bousquet.
Dillon, who was dealt from Dallas to San Jose in November, had two goals and nine points in 60 games while averaging 19:13 in time on ice following the deal.