In what could be a good sign, Drew Stafford skated with the team on Saturday as the rest of the veteran squad reported to training camp. While no deal is final, and his status as a practicing member of the team in camp is in question beyond Saturday is in question, he is in town.
Coming off a year where he had career highs in goals, assists, and games played, you know the veteran forward wants to be in camp, so that he can continue to progress. Darcy Regier and company would also like to see him under contract.
There is a lot of pain if you don’t have the player, and there’s a lot of pain if the player isn’t here was Regier’s comment, and he felt that both sides had made enough progress that it would be better if he were in town with the team.
A smart move by the man in charge – as it could put enough positive pressure on the player to make the decision to sign. Stafford among fan favorites on the team, not just because of his production, would be sorely missed if he were to hold out or leave town.