NHL Rumors: Brady Tkachuk left off Senators camp roster; latest on other RFA’s after Kaprizov’s monster deal

As camp opens several big name RFAs don't have contracts.

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Oct 8, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) skate up the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators released their Training Camp roster yesterday and unsigned RFA Brady Takchuk was not on it.

There was a lot of optimism leading into training camp that the too sides were hammering out a new long-term contract. If that didn’t pan out, it was reported by multiple outlets a bridge deal would suffice.

Enter in Brady’s older brother, Matthew Tkachuk with a massive bucket of ice cold water.

NHL Rumors: Brady Tkachuk not on training camp roster

“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.”

Matthew also refuted reports that the too side were nearing a new contract. “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?”

The older brother then explained that this is a “family business” and he’s helping his less aggressive brother out. “My dad and I are definitely involved,” Matt said. “Brady needs us to help him out with that stuff. He wasn’t as cutthroat as we were during it, but he’s starting to become more of a Tkachuk the later this goes.”

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

In three seasons with the team, Brady has 125 points in 198 games. He is currently skating with fellow RFA’s Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in Michigan.

Latest on Canucks Pettersson and Hughes

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Jan 25, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Pacific Division defenseman Quinn Hughes (43) of the Vancouver Canucks and Pacific Division forward Elias Pettersson (40) of the Vancouver Canucks react during the semifinal against the Central Division in the 2020 NHL All Star Game at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

As we just mentioned, both Canucks RFAs are at a US National Team facility skating with Tkachuk. That’s at least some good news that Pettersson is in North America.

Quinn Hughes, 21, scored 41 points in 56 games last season. Elias Pettersson, 22, registered 21 points in 26 games after an early slump where he scored only 2 points in his first 8 contests. Both players are the cornerstone pieces to the Canucks future but at this rate, could at least miss the start of camp as negotiations continue.

“It’s believed the Canucks are currently thinking short term in both cases, but Kaprizov’s deal makes me wonder if the true solution is Mikko Rantanen’s six-year, $9.25M contract that would buy the Canucks two years of free agency,” Friedman writes in his new 32 Thoughts blog. “There’s been pushback to rumors the team might move a player to open room, especially since Tyler Motte is injured. I can understand why the Canucks wouldn’t be crazy about that right now.”

There’s a lot of people in the hockey world now wondering if Kaprizov’s monster deal did not make things a whole lot more difficult for the Canucks.

Latest on Sabres Rasmus Dahlin

The Sabres listed unsigned RFA defenseman, Rasmus Dahlin on their Training Camp roster. But where are we with his contract?

Dahlin, 21, scored 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 56 games this past season. The young defenseman has struggled at times but has produced despite the dysfunction in Buffalo. For his career, he’s registered a total of 107 points in 197 games.

It was reported prior to the 2021 Draft that the two sides had begun contract talks. Dahlin is coming off his Entry Level deal which paid $925,000 so he should be seeing a substantial increase. Just don’t expect him to get anything in the Cale Makar range.

“The rumors on Dahlin have been all over the map. Several months ago, I heard things started very well. Then I heard Buffalo wanted short term not because of anything Dahlin did (or didn’t do), but because of overall frustration and desire not to commit long,” Friedman reports. “Now the defense market has exploded. It’s possible Dahlin, Hughes and their representatives are watching to see who goes first.”

It looks like there is a potential for Dahlin to hold out here.