If you navigate to the limited free agent page in CapFriendly, only five names remain unsigned for the upcoming season. Two of them are players from the New York Islands – Anatoly Galishev and Kifar Belo – both of whom are already in training camp although the team has not officially announced a new contract. The other three, Elias Peterson, Brady Takachuk and Queen Hughes, are doing their own training camp in Michigan. The Athletic reports by Pierre LeBron The three are now skating together as they wait for their contract to be negotiated.
Patterson joined Hughes there because the Vancouver Canucks signed a new deal for the young star directly with star Pat Bryson. As recently as Tuesday, Super-Agent Rick Dhaliwal of Czech TV said That he and the club were talking every other day, working to get the deal done as soon as possible. There are only a few days left in the camp now, and the two most important players listed in Vancouver are not even in the country.
In Ottawa, things are moving forward without Tikachuk, the team’s best forward and possibly the next captain. GM Pierre Dorion again told reporters, including Sportsnet’s Wayne Scanlan, that the talks were “fruitful and positive,” but the 22-year-old is now missing from camp, an important year for senators. The team wants to focus on his reconstruction, and Takachuk is the player who has to lead Sense there.
One week ago, Justin Bourne of Sportsnet wrote a column detailing his views on not starting training camp. It is because of the trust that is built between the coaching staff and the roster that he makes the fact that the first half of the season is the most important. While neither Vancouver nor Ottawa are trying to earn the respect of a rookie head coach room, neither team is guaranteed a play-off spot or even a competitive season in any way. Any interruptions at the beginning of the year can be cascaded throughout the entire schedule.
For now though, all players can train on their own and wait for a solution. Thomas Dance and Dhaliwal Athletic writes that it must be Peterson who will sign in front of Hughes because 10.2 (c) the next status as RFA who cannot be signed on the offer sheet. If Canax signed them in reverse, it would open a window for the other team and give Peterson something that would be difficult to match with Canax’s current cap situation.
At the moment, there is no comparison to sign, because these three pillars are standing. Now the only real pressure point is the start of the regular season, certainly not something that both sides want to wait for.