Tyler Seguin’s camp and the Dallas Stars had looked to be closing in on a contract extension for the talented forward, but a deal hasn’t been reached quite yet.
Darren Dreger shared his latest information on where things stood with the negotiations during a Thursday morning radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260.
“Up until yesterday, I think that everyone associated with this were fairly confident that an extension would get done very, very quickly,” noted Dreger. “But as I tweeted yesterday, that negotiation reached a pivotal point yesterday. I’m not saying that it’s off the rails because I don’t have the information to support that, but I do get a sense that it’s maybe stalled a little bit.
“And that’s not unusual, right. Maybe the player was waiting for the team to finally meet his expectation financially, because the term is going to be what it is. It’s going to be an eight-year term. Maybe the money wasn’t quite there.
“I think that the Dallas Stars would love to get Tyler Seguin right around Jamie Benn - so 9.5, maybe slightly over that, maybe slightly under that. But my sense is that maybe Tyler Seguin and his camp are pushing a little bit harder for more.
“So again, I don’t want to report that it’s off the rails because that’s premature. But it didn’t close last night and I am sensing a little bit of annoyance. So we’ll see whether or not they can solve the problem.”
Seguin is in the final season of a contract that pay him $6.5 million with a cap hit of $5.75 million.
Benn’s deal, to which Dreger alluded, carries a $9.5 million cap hit but was also signed two years ago, in July of 2016.
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