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Senators, Methot struggle to find common ground in contract talks

Aug 9, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators are interested in signing Marc Methot to a long-term contract before the 29-year-old defenseman becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015, but their efforts to do so have hit a roadblock, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Methot might be seeking a substantial pay increase from his current four-year, $12 million contract after Brooks Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Washington Capitals as an unrestricted free agent. Methot has drawn comparisons to Orpik, but he’s also about four years younger.

The Senators might not be willing to spend that kind of money on Methot though, especially seeing as they don’t typically spend to the cap. It’s also worth noting that Ottawa already has five defensemen signed to one-way contracts through the 2015-16 campaign and that doesn’t include 20-year-old Cody Ceci, who took a big step forward last season.

Methot is an Ottawa native and has expressed a desire to stick with the Senators, but if the two sides can’t close the gap, then they might trade him.

  1. elrock7 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Probably because the Sens have the worst owner, by far in the NHL. Methot probably doesn’t want to play for 300K per year.

  2. rsmaggiemae - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    If you want to retain good players you have to pay them, and it seems that many players are not happy with all NHL cities for thier career…..they want to pick and choose which is ok when you are at the end of your career but give some of these cities a chance …\The Wild had this problem as no one wanted to come here to play and now the Jets are having the same issue
    It just takes time to get the right players

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