The countdown to Coyotes training camp has dwindled to days rather than weeks and restricted free agent Mikkel Boedker is still without a contract. “There’s still time before camp starts” said Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving who is handling the negotiations with Boedker’s agent Jarrett Bousquet. “There’s still time before we play games that count for points. We’d like to get it done. It’s not done but we’ll continue to sort of grind away at it here.” Training camp officially starts Sept. 11 and if Boedker doesn’t have a contract by then the winger won’t be allowed to participate. That scenario would be reminiscent of the Kyle Turris saga that unraveled two years ago when Turris missed the first six weeks of the season before finally agreeing to a two-year contract. The holdout soured his relationship with the team and Turris was subsequently traded to Ottawa. It doesn’t appear Boedker and the Coyotes are headed for a similar fate. Boedker did not file for arbitration and Bousquet and Titan Sports Management have a good rapport with Coyotes brass. The agency also represents defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. And it wasn’t until eight days before camp in 2010 that the Coyotes were able to lock up then-RFA center Martin Hanzal to a new deal. So it’s not necessarily unusual to wait the entire off-season for a resolution. “With these things it’s always simple” Treliving said. “It’s money and term in the negotiations. It’s not rocket science.” But time is slipping away to ensure Boedker doesn’t miss camp and the opportunity to develop chemistry with center Mike Ribeiro in an attempt to grab that No. 1 left wing spot.
Coyotes still trying to sign Mikkel Boedker
Arizona Republic | Aug 30