They may have to keep waiting.
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, there is “no deal in place” and that talks between the parties are “at an impasse.”
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the sides were able to come together on another element of the agreement — the no-move clause — prior to Christmas.
“One of the hangups was believed to be a no-move or no-trade clause,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada Dec. 19. “But whatever the solution is there, we understand it’s been reached, and it’s no longer an issue.”
Friedman also wrote about the Kopitar extension talks in his 30 Thoughts column Tuesday, calling it one of the stranger negotiations he’s covered.
According to multiple reports, the deal is likely to span the maximum of eight years, and see the 28-year-old centre take in an annual value just shy of the league-leading $10.5 million per year that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane earn.
“I’d definitely like to stay here,” Kopitar told The Jeff Blair Show on Dec. 31. (See video, above.) “Hopefully everything gets resolved here, sooner rather than later. I guess at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens, but I’d definitely like to stay in L.A.”
Kopitar has registered 12 goals and 23 assists in 42 games this season, including a season-high four points (1G, 3A) in Monday night’s contest against the Detroit Red Wings.
If he doesn’t re-sign before July, the 28-year-old would become an unrestricted free agent.