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Report: Sens’ Cowen eyeing Hamonic-like deal

Aug 6, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators at American Airlines Center on December 1, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
(November 30, 2011 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Contract talks between Ottawa and RFA defenseman Jared Cowen have stalled, and Cowen’s asking price could be the reason why.

The 22-year-old rearguard is reportedly gunning for a similar deal to the one the New York Islanders gave Travis Hamonic — a seven-year, $27 million extension — according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Garrioch reports that “some believe Cowen’s camp would like something close” to Hamonic’s deal, which raised a few eyebrows when it was signed on July 5.

The length of term and financial commitment were surprising, but the overall consensus was that GM Garth Snow made a shrewd salary cap maneuver, as Hamonic — who averaged nearly 23 minutes a night and led the Isles in hits in 2013 — now checks in annually with a tidy $3.85 million hit until 2020.

While Cowen might like a similar deal, he doesn’t bring a similar resume to the table.

Hamonic has been a steady contributor since debuting in the 2010-11 season and, at 22, already has 183 regular season games under his belt.

Cowen has roughly half that (90 reg. season) after missing almost all of last year recovering from hip surgery.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound rearguard did play all 82 games in 2011-12 — his rookie campaign — scoring 5G-12A-17PTS. He led all Sens defensemen in hits during the regular season, then upped the ante in a seven-game playoff loss to the Rangers, leading all skaters with 28 hits.

But is that enough to warrant a huge deal?

The X-factor in all of this will be Ottawa’s financial situation. The Sens are not a spend-to-the-cap team and already have $14.5 million committed next season to defensemen Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips, Marc Methot and Patrick Wiercioch.

Cody Ceci, the club’s 2012 first-rounder, will be ready to make a push for a spot in a year or two while Eric Gryba impressed in his rookie campaign, appearing in 33 games while recording six points during 2013.

All of this will likely be taken into consideration with Cowen’s new deal, which needs to be done before Sens training camp opens on Sept. 11.

  1. islesjb - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    If the Hamonic signing raised some eye-brows, it shouldn’t have. Hammer is already the cornerstone of our young defense, logs crazy minutes and goes out against the opposition’s toughest offensive players night after night. Not to mention, he took a swing at Malkin at the end of game 4 in the playoffs, which was awesome. Love the signing, term and cap hit.

    From what I know about Cowen, he doesn’t deserve that kind of contract yet and probably won’t get it.

  2. 19to77 - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Not with his resume. Bridge contract is more appropriate. One year, no more than $2.75m.

  3. spochiefsfan - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I was thinking similar. 2 years, $4.5.

  4. President Charles Logan - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    who’s jared cowen anyways? and what team does he play for again?
    …… insignificant signing

    • ctblue796 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Coming from somebody who is insignificant to the world, the comment makes sense.

      • ctblue796 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        What i mean by this is that you president charles logan is as insignificant as jared cowen is. So thanks for posting such a useless comment. Go back to your mothers basement where you belong.

      • President Charles Logan - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        lol still bitter that i pointed out philly77 knows more about your own team in ottawa then you do ..lol alls you need to know is ….. ya’ll stink and have no cups and never will win a cup .

      • President Charles Logan - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        oh and i seem to be significant enough that i got you to react with some anger here lol

    • freewillig - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      For the uneducated, he is a Dman every team would want to have

      • President Charles Logan - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        uh really?? considering that 90% of the NHL fan base has most likely never even heard of the guy before , i’m thinking you’re sort of ………… wrong?

    • canadianguest - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

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