*Update: Cliff Fletcher just reported to me via e-mail that getting Luke Schenn under contract is “not necessarily” his next focus.
Two more highly-coveted young defenseman out of the 2008 draft class – Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall) and Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) – have been inked to entry level deals by their respective teams today. Los Angeles’ second overall pick Drew Doughty put pen to paper back in late August.
Cliff Fletcher’s inference earlier in the summer was that he was waiting to evaluate the contracts of the other defensemen in the top half of Luke Schenn’s draft class before proceeding to sign the Kelowna Rockets rearguard. With salary and performance bonuses now counting towards a player’s cap figure under new NHL legislation, teams must be fastidious when constructing bonus structures.
One through four are locked up, five is on the clock.