Sounds like he doesn't like the offer the Senators made. I guess there's a limit to how important playing for one team really is. I don't really blame him, but it's really hard for me as a workaday type to understand how "hard" it would be to live on $2 million/year, or whatever the Sens are offering. I like Chris and wish him well, but saying you want to be a part of the re-build and *really* being committed to it seem to be two different things.Free Willig
I hear theyre a million or so per year apart - but he understands he would help our org. please fans if he waives and then comes back
That would be great if he waived and then came back for what they're offering, but this quote suggests he doesn't want to play for that amount. Maybe if he has some time to reflect without the pressures of playing the game, he could land at the "correct" conclusion. Free Willig
Well he hasn't talked to his agent all day. Sens have played 2 games in 24 hours; he concentrated on the games at hand, so there's no reading between the lines here guys. Relax.Phillips' talks with his agent and the Sens org will only take place tomorrow. He said what he said because it could be his last game. The possibility is there yes, but its not any indication as to how talks are going.
I would say I'm plenty relaxed. I'm fine with whatever he chooses to do and I'm fine with the Senators sticking to their guns on salary. My preference would be for him to accept a trade and then re-sign, but I don't have a problem with whatever "selfish" reasons he has for whatever he does. He's been a trooper and has earned the right to make his own decision. But, I believe he full well knows what they're offering and to read between the lines a bit, it doesn't sound like he's thrilled with it.Free Willig
Remember Ottawa has to free up D slots for the incoming Dmen (Rundblad for sure and maybe Cowen or another rookie to be named). Gonchar is not going (his contract precludes that) and Kuba may be untradable as is Lee. The only possibility to free up one or two D slots is for Phillips and/or Campoli to get traded. Trades may occur at the draft but not for FAs such as Phillips. Having him come back as a FA (assuming he will want to come back) will only work if the Sens GM can trade a vet DMan before July 1. The Phillips decision is not primarily about money but if you over-pay him he will be untradable in the upcoming years.
If they are a million or so apart that means that the Sens have offered him $2.5 to $2.75M per year. He already stated that he was looking for the same money he makes now which is in the range of $3.5 to $3.7.Must be hard for a hockey player to live on $2.5M a year plus his investments. Phillips may find it hard to get what he wants anywhere in the league. Last year Sutton wouldn't resign with the Sens and reportedly turned down a similar amount. Apparently he wanted over $3.5M per on a multi-year contract but after sweating as a UFA for a few days while other D were signed he took $2.125 from the Ducks.I like Phillips but not for more than $2.25 - $2.5 per season over 2 years.Bring in the young guys. Come in Cowen and Rundblad. Just to think they also have Gryba and Weircoch in the wings. Wow! Lets have fun.
I'm gonna have to agree with one of the Anonymouses up there. I don't think we need to read into this too much. He said after the game that he didn't even know how the talks were going because he was.... focusing on the game. But even he knows its the last game before the deadline. If anything goes down, that's when it will happen.Still doesn't tell us what is going to happen.
All I can say is that if does get traded we better get more for him than a 2nd round pick from a contending team.
Phillips is just trying to milk all the attention he can to get the most money.He's playing it like he's a local guy but will leave if they dont meet his demands like every other selfish player. It's a bargaining tactic that is all.Make up your mind already
stay or dont im not caring anymore m tired of the soap opera for such a mediocore player
i agree so tired of this situation cant wait til it's over
trade him and resign in the summer for cheap deal his play has sucked this year
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