According to a report in the French newspaper, L’Equipe, former Merrimack forward Stephane Da Costa is still negotiating with the Montreal Canadiens regarding his return to the NHL. Da Costa became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, when the Ottawa Senators lost his exclusive negotiating rights. Da Costa spent the last three years playing for CSKA Moscow in the KHL.
According to the paper, Da Costa wants a one-way contract, while the Canadiens are offering him a two-way deal. There is a big difference in those contract types. With a one-way deal, Da Costa would be guaranteed his NHL salary even if he was assigned to the AHL. On a two-way contract, Da Costa would receive an NHL salary if he were on the NHL roster and a reduced salary (typically 10-30% of the NHL total) if assigned to the AHL.
The paper reports that the Canadiens are offering Da Costa a two-way contract with the option of opting out and returning to Europe if he does not make the NHL roster out of training camp. The paper also reports that Da Costa’s camp has had discussions with Arizona, Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Las Vegas.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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