Talks to try to get Jared Cowen signed on the dotted line aren’t close to finished. Senators assistant GM Tim Murray and Cowen’s agent Rick Valette will continue talks this week to try to get the Sens’ last remaining restricted free agent signed to a new deal. While there was talk on the weekend sources say the 22-year-old Cowen and the team aren’t close to a deal and more work is needed in order to get a contract in place before training camp opens Sept. 11. If it’s a long-term deal some believe Cowen’s camp would like something close to the seven-year $27-million deal that defenceman Travis Hamonic signed with the New York Islanders. He makes an average of $3.85 million per year. Ideally both sides would like to get a deal done as quickly as possible so the Senators have all their players under contract and can focus on getting ready for camp. Trying to close the gap that exists between the two sides the Senators and Cowen have looked at short and long-term deals to try to bring the stalemate to a close. He will be one of the club’s top four blueliners for years to come. But the Senators want to make sure he fits into their salary structure by making the right deal.
Cowen, Sens remain far apart on contract talks
Ottawa Sun | Aug 6