Senators' Methot on contract talks: 'I'm really not comfortable the team wants to do anything'

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot appears to be increasingly discouraged with the non-progress in contract extension talks with the club. With the two sides apparently only $300,000 apart in terms of valuation, Methot doesn't seem to think the Senators have much of an appetite to retain his services.

"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," Methot told the Ottawa Sun on Tuesday.

For his part, Methot believes he's done enough to prove he's open to accepting the old "hometown discount," dropping his original request from $5.5 million to an even $5 million per year. Methot's agent, Ottawa lawyer Larry Kelly, claims the team's last offer was 4.7 million over five years, casting shade on general manager Bryan Murray's claim that the two sides are far apart.

Methot reiterated his preference is to remain in Ottawa long term.

"(Kelly) feels that I've given a lot more than I need to be giving," said Methot. "I've done that because I love this city and I love the fans here. 

"I don't want a trade," he continued. "Everyone knows, it's not a secret I want to play here. I'd be lying if I said otherwise. It's a treat to be able to play in front of my family and my friends. I've always got a ton of positive support from all the fans. Everyone loves I'm from the area and whatnot. I'm happy here. You're playing in Canada and it's fun."

The 29-year-old registered 23 points and a 52.1 Corsi For rating in 75 games last season.

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Sept 11, 11:36 AM

Senators, Methot met face-to-face Tuesday; 'no closer to a deal'

Sept 11, 11:36 AM

The Ottawa Senators and representatives for pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Marc Methot met at the table Tuesday but came away "no closer" to ironing out an extension.

"We're at different levels (in the) contract discussion at the moment and that's all," Murray said via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. "There's not much. We're just going to continue to talk. We did make a promise that within a week we'll have further discussions."

Methot is entering the final season of the four-year, $12 million deal he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being shipped to Ottawa two summers ago.

He scored six goals, 23 points and authored a 52.1 Corsi For rating in 75 games last season.

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Sept 8, 7:22 PM

Report: Senators' Methot wants a contract similar to Capitals' Orpik

Sept 8, 7:22 PM

The Ottawa Senators are holding their purse strings while they negotiate an extension with defenseman Marc Methot.

Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun reports Methot is looking for a five-year deal, which the Senators don't have a problem with. But the money is making the team sweat.

Making $3 million heading into the final year of his contract, it's believed Methot's camp is looking for a deal similar to the five-year, $5.5-million [deal] that Brooks Orpik got from the Washington Capitals.

Methot will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but the price tag he's reportedly set on likely won't fly with the Senators.

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Aug 9, 8:55 AM

Report: Senators, Methot 'at a stalemate' in contract negotiations

Aug 9, 8:55 AM

Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, and the two sides appeared well on their way to working through the terms of a multi-year contract extension earlier this summer.

However, according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, "negotiations between the Senators and Methot’s agent, Larry Kelly, are at a stalemate."

This is likely due to the fact that Methot and his agent are looking at the likes of Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals and Matt Carle of the Tampa Bay Lightning as comparables. 

Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5-million contract with the Washington Capitals back in July, and Carle is heading into the second year of a six-year, $33-million deal with Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Orpik deal in particular, with an average annual valuation of $5.5 million, would serve as quite an upgrade over Methot's current cap hit of $3 million. The comparisons, however, aren't off base, as evidenced by the following chart outlining the players production in 2013-14:

PlayerGoalsAssistsCorsi For (5 on 5)
Marc Methot61752.3
Brooks Orpik21146.2
Matt Carle22947.8

Nevertheless, the Senators may not be willing to pay that much for Methot, even if he has become a solid mainstay on the blue line alongside Erik Karlsson. 

The team is also engaged in contract talks with forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur and goaltender Craig Anderson.

July 25, 10:47 PM

Senators talking multi-year extension with Marc Methot

July 25, 10:47 PM

The Ottawa Senators are engaged in contract talks with pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Marc Methot, who's not exactly holding his cards tight to the chest.

The 29-year-old, set to earn $3 million on the final year of his current deal, is quite forthright with his desire to remain a Senator.

"I know one thing: I want to be here. I made that clear throughout the season," he said via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun

Methot added that he would like to sign an extension before the season begins, and it appears that management is prepared to accommodate his request - and some.

"With Methot, it's a fairly simple one because Marc wants to be here," said assistant general manager Pierre Dorion. "We're not talking a one-year extension. It's going to be multi-year."

With the cards laid out on the table, the only thing keeping the two sides from continuing their partnership is pinpointing a reasonable long-term figure for a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder with a 52.3 Corsi For rating partially skewed by his playing partner, former Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. 

Oh, and he scored a career-high 23 points on an even plus-minus rating. 

As Methot says, "It's up to my agent to get something done."