Patience will have to be a virtue if you’re waiting for a contract agreement between Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators.
With training camp set to open next Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre, general manager Pierre Dorion and the Senators front office staff are still working the phones trying to get a long-term deal in place with the Tkachuk’s Toronto-based agents Craig Oster and Don Meehan to make sure that he’s on the ice with the rest of his teammates.
Last week, Dorion called the talks between the two sides “positive” and indicated they were making progress that will allow Tkachuk to be in camp. There’s no reason to believe there has been any bad blood in these negotiations because both sides want to come to an agreement so it’s just a matter of getting a deal done that both feel is beneficial.
A restricted free agent, Tkachuk, 21, is the last man standing among the big deals Dorion had to get done this summer. Winger Drake Batherson agreed to a six-year, $29.85-million deal on Sept. 3 with average annual value of $4.975 million and once that signing took place all eyes turned to Tkachuk.