Forward Anthony Duclair became an unrestricted free agent after the Ottawa Senators didn’t extend him a qualifying offer before Wednesday’s deadline. The Sens did offer Duclair a raise but an agreement couldn’t be reached with the 25-year-old, who is representing himself.
And that was a bad decision from the free agent seeing that now on Tuesday, despite reaching out to every single team in the NHL, he has yet to find a club willing to take him on for next season.
As Senators insider Bruce Garrioch points out, we do not know if he went back (crawling) to Ottawa in hopes to revisit the deal.
Sure, we can understand that Duclair is hoping to cash in on his latest performances, he who reached the 40-point mark for the second time in his career last season while scoring a career-high 23 goals.
He earned $1.65 million on a one-year contract and is seeking more money, but it sounds like he might not be the best at representing himself on the market or else, he would have found a taker by now.
Most teams are aware however that Duclair can be quite inconsistent and has often be called out for his attitude off the ice. His work ethic has always been criticized since the day he was drafted, which is why he fell to pick No. 80 in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Let’s not forget he is on his sixth team in just his seventh year in the league! This is surely a warning sign for teams who might have looked into the possibility of adding him to their lineup, but decided to back out.
Should Duclair get an agent to represent him before it’s too late?