NHL Rumors: "Big Gap" In Contract Talks Between Ducks And 2 Key Players

The Anaheim Ducks are grappling with contract negotiations involving their star young players, Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale.

Negotiations with Zegras, represented by agent Pat Brisson, have hit a significant impasse as both sides struggle to bridge the gap on the average annual value of a proposed three-year deal.

The 22-year-old forward, considered a cornerstone of the Ducks' offense, is at the center of these discussions, which could potentially impact his readiness and the team's performance as they adapt to new head coach Greg Cronin.

Over his first three seasons, Zegras has amassed 49 goals and 139 total points across 180 games played.

In a parallel situation, contract talks with promising defenseman Jamie Drysdale, managed by agent Dave Gagner, have also stalled, showing no signs of progress.

Prior to missing the vast majority of last season due to injury, Drysdale put up seven goals and 40 total points over his first 105 games played.

The 21-year-old was the Ducks' first-round pick (6th overall) in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

As the preseason and training camp approach, the lack of movement in these negotiations raises concerns about potential disruptions to the Ducks' preparations for the upcoming season.

With both Zegras and Drysdale seen as vital components of the team's rebuilding efforts, the uncertainty surrounding their contracts may cast a shadow over the Ducks' aspirations for a strong start to the season. Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports