NHL Watcher: Pierre LeBrun on Brady Tkachuk: “Still not the kind of progress that I think both sides us had hoped for, huge for the Senators to me to make this an 8-yr or at least 6-yr deal. If this ends up a bridge deal..that’s a red flag for me in terms of Brady Tkachuk’s future in Ottawa”
Shawn Simpson: If the Ottawa Senators are using Brady Tkachuk 8 years at $8 million per and if Tkachuk is requesting for 8 years at $8.4 million per, would increase to $67.2 million from $64 million to get it done.
Hope the sides are that close and can get a long-lasting offer done instead of a bridge offer. Can’t blame either side in this as it’s simply part of company.
Shawn Simpson: “When the term structure is pointed out, it’s not constantly about bonus offer cash.
I talked to one extremely representative who set out what his ask would be on 8 x 8.2. 6.6, 7.75, 9, 10.25, 9.5, 8.5, 7.25, 6.8.
Avoid early escrow, ballon in the middle, then drop in the backend. This is certified.”
Jimmy Murphy: “Comparables are always a sticking point with agents in NHL contract negotiations and I’m told that has been the case in Brady Tkachuk talks.”
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, GM Pierre Dorion, coach D.J. Smith, Senior VP Pierre McGuire and the rest of their hockey operations department understand how crucial Brady Tkachuk is to the company which is why they are promoting a long-lasting offer and not a bridge offer.
It’s thought the Senators have actually provided 8 years at $8 million however are looking for commonalities on the structure of the offer. Though finalizing bonus offers get raised, that might not hold true. It’s difficult to state what is holding up the offer however believes there is still a space with term and cash.
The Senators are attempting not to pay too much Tkachuk as they understand they’ll quickly need to provide brand-new offers to Josh Norris, Tim Stuetzle, Shane Pinto, Alex Formenton and, ultimately, Jake Sanderson.
“You would think so, but it’s hard to tell with the (Tkachuk) family,” one league expert stated. “He appears to be the last man standing, but I’m not sure he’d feel the pressure the same way others would.”