VANCOUVER — No news isn’t always good news, but in the case of Vancouver Canuck centre Jordan Schroeder it should not be any cause for concern, his agent said Tuesday.
Neil Sheehy, the Minneapolis-based agent for Schroeder, said he and the Canucks mutually agreed to put off contract talks until this week.
“To be quite honest with you nothing is holding anything up,” Sheehy said. “I had a conversation with Vancouver and basically said, ‘let’s get through the free agent frenzy,’ which was on the weekend, and actually I owe them a call. I plan to call them and then I’ll know where it’s at.
“We really haven’t had discussions except that they want Jordan, and that he is going to play for them. Everything has been positive so far. We really haven’t got into contract talks. . . there was work I had to do, work they had to do. It’s not that it’s a back-burner issue, but it’s one that could wait a few days and now I think we’ll be talking soon. My guess is we’ll try and hammer something out the next few days.”
Schroeder, coming off his three-year entry-level contract, is a restricted free agent. The Canucks have submitted a qualifying offer for $850,000 to the 22-year-old. However, that offer is a two-way deal and it’s safe to assume Sheehy will be seeking a one-way contract for his client.
Schroeder, Vancouver’s first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2009 draft, is expected to get a long look at training camp for the vacant third-line centre position with the Canucks.
“I’d rather wait and talk to Vancouver,” Sheehy said when asked if he felt a one-way contract could be a stumbling block. “I tend not to negotiate in the media. . .we have to sit down and talk about things and come to some sort of agreement.”
Schroeder played 31 games with the Canucks last season -- his first in the NHL -- and registered three goals and nine points.
The Canucks have a couple of other key restricted free agents to sign, most notably defenceman Chris Tanev.
“Nothing new to report,” his agent Ross Gurney said Tuesday.
Tanev, expected to be Vancouver’s fifth defenceman this season, made $900,000 last season and figures to more than double his salary.
Winger Dale Weise, another RFA, is headed to salary arbitration. Although his agent, Allain Roy, early last week said his client was close to striking a new deal with the Canucks, Roy confirmed on Tuesday that Weise will file for salary arbitration.
The Canucks have only about $5.1 million of cap space remaining to fill out their 23-man roster with four more players.
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