Merrimack College's sensational sophomore Stephane Da Costa flew to Toronto this morning to meet with his agents Wade Arnott and Ed Ward. A decision on his NHL future is likely to come this week.
Da Costa, who was eliminated from the Div. 1 NCAA men's hockey Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday night, has been scouted by at least 20 NHL teams over the past two seasons.
According to sources, Ottawa, Florida and Minnesota are the favorites to land the Merrimack center with Philadelphia, St. Louis, Nashville, Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver among potential long shots.
Da Costa's contract will follow the same structure as those in the 2010 entry draft under the NHL's CBA, meaning he'll earn a $900,000 base salary and is eligibly for up to $2.85 million in bonuses. Unless there is an NHL CBA extension by July 1, all player bonuses count on next year's salary cap, meaning his cap hit next season would be $3.75 million, if he signs a deal with the full bonus structure that is currently in place.
Da Costa won't sign with the Flyers, according to Seravalli:
For the second year in a row - Holmgren doted on UMass forward Casey Wellman last season - the Flyers did not get their guy. Holmgren confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that the Flyers are officially out of the running for the Frenchman's services.
According to sources close to the situation, Da Costa and his party met with Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher on Tuesday. Fletcher is the one who nabbed Wellman last year. Sources also indicate that Florida, Ottawa and Boston are still very much in the hunt.
With the Flyers, Da Costa was less interested in money and more interested in how quickly he could crack the roster. Holmgren could not promise anything, as he already has a stacked NHL lineup.
I am fine with passing on him, as he wants (and will get) the max bonus, and without the cushion next season there is no way the team could fit 3.75 million under the cap for an unknown (assuming he would be on the big club).
meh whatever. We got all worked up over not getting Gilroy a couple of years ago too, and hes been a healthy scratch for the Rangers this year at times.
Probably too soft of a player for some Flyer fans anyway
Next year bonuses will count against the cap unless the CBA is extended in the next couple of months, which seems unlikely.
The NHLPA would be foolish not to extend the CBA because salaries have gone up every year. If I remember correctly, it's been said that players are making more money now than before the revenue based cap. It'll be the owners who won't extend it because you can bet that they're going to want to get rid of guaranteed contracts and have a hard cap in place.