With only a week to the Senators’ training camp there are no guarantees Jared Cowen will be there.
While 26 prospects will be on the ice Wednesday before heading to London Ont. for the rookie tournament the Senators have work to do if they expect the restricted free-agent defenceman to be on-hand when camp opens next Wednesday.
Though Cowen’s agent Rick Valette has insisted through the summer he expected to get a deal in place he admitted Tuesday the two sides have work to do if one of the club’s top defencemen is to get signed.
Though most of Cowen’s teammates have arrived in town he’s stayed behind in Saskatoon to continue his preparations and won’t be arriving in Ottawa until there’s a deal in place.
It’s doubtful Cowen will come to camp without a contract.
Senators assistant GM Tim Murray and Valette have been working on a deal for the past month but haven’t had any talks since Friday.
“The talks are ongoing. We’re continuing to work on the deal. We’re trying to bridge the ga