Stephane Da Costa is flying 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 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 is traveling to Toronto today to meet with his agent and the process of negotiating with NHL clubs will begin tomorrow. The process is expected to take a few days.