Could this be the beginning of the Tyler Seguin sweepstakes?
The Dallas Stars center can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and while the club said in July that it was hopeful to sign him prior to this season, he's frustrated that the two sides haven't already agreed on a contract extension.
"Nothing's really going on. Pretty much haven't been talking much this summer. It's been a little disappointing," Seguin told theScore's John Matisz on Tuesday from the annual BioSteel Camp. "I thought I'd have some exciting news to talk about ... this late in the summer."
As it stands, the 26-year-old is about to begin the final season of a six-year pact with a $5.75-million cap hit. Should Seguin reach free agency, his cap hit could nearly double on his next deal, since he's one of the NHL's top scorers in recent years. He finished second on the Stars last season with 78 points, one shy of captain Jamie Benn.
Seguin is one of several high-level players who could potentially headline free agency next summer, a group that includes Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene of the Ottawa Senators.