NHL Rumors: Brady Tkachuk holdout could last awhile; and Filip Forsberg not thinking about extension

So how long will Tkachuk hold out?

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Apr 19, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot of optimism heading into training camp that the Senators and Brady Tkachuk would hammer out a new long-term contract. Some even thought that maybe a bridge deal would be a reasonable fallback plan to avoid missing training camp, but Matthew Tkachuk killed that idea.

“He might be pulling a classic Tkachuk right now. Dad held out, Matthew held out, and Brady looks like he’s on his way right now,” Matthew said on the 31 Thoughts podcast. “So hopefully it can get figured out here.”

“It’s just a lot of fake stuff out there regarding this,” he revealed. “They’re not too close. So hopefully it gets figured out, but who knows?”

NHL Rumors: Brady Tkachuk hold out could last awhile

For those hoping a new deal will get done soon, TSN’s Shawn Simpson is indicating it will be the Senators that need to make that happen.

“Brady Tkachuk will stay in Michigan for another week,” he tweeted. “If a deal is gonna get done, it’s the Sens that will need to give to make things happen, from what I’m being told.”

Friedman noted in his latest blog that the hold up could be no-trade protection.

In three seasons with the Sens, Brady has 125 points in 198 games. He is currently skating with fellow RFA’s Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes as they all are holding out.

Filip Forsberg not thinking about new deal

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Feb 8, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) lines up for a face off during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Next summer the Predators have two key players that are heading for UFA status. Both Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm will be able to cash in, but GM David Poile is trying to get them extended. According to published reports, conversations have started with Ekholm.

“And then I think shortly before training camp we’ll reach out to Filip Forsberg and [Mattias Ekholm] camp and sort of get a lay of the land as to where Filip’s thoughts are right now,” Poile said. “Those are the next two priorities.”

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Forsberg, 27, scored 32 points in 39 games last season. He’s coming off a deal with an AAV of $6M. As camp has opened, he doesn’t seem to concerned.

“To be honest, I have barely thought about it,” Forsberg said via TFP. “The only thing that’s been on my mind has been this ice testing that we just did. Thankfully that’s over, so now we can go to work for real.”

The two sides have time, but come the NHL Trade Deadline, rumors will start to swirl.