Senators defenceman Marc Methot met with the media today as the hockey club opened training camp ahead of the 2014-15 season. He discussed the ongoing contract negotiations between himself and the team, as well as his season ahead.
Here's what he had to say...
On the contract talks:
It's the business side of it and it's not always pretty. It's definitely a process and in terms of what's to be expected and whatnot, obviously I'd like to get something done and anything related to the business side of it is Larry's job (agent Larry Kelly) and not mine.
On the potential of a trade:
It's one of those situations where it's not always going to be easy and I've just got to hope my representative in Larry Kelly does his job and sorts out all that stuff. Right now I'm focused on camp here, getting into shape and getting my legs back and helping the team win some games.
On if it's an awkward situation for him:
I don't think it's uncomfortable, no. Like I said, it's professional, I come in here, I get dressed with all the guys and I do my job.
On negotiations taking a public turn:
That's not something that I have a whole ton of control over. The way things happen sometimes, like I mentioned earlier, it's purely business and it's a negotiations process. I'm just here to play hockey.
On if it changes his commitment to staying in Ottawa:
Nothing changes for me. My whole thought process is coming in here and working my tail off. That's all I'm going to do is just work real hard and do my job.
On if it will become a distraction:
I don't know, I hope not. I don't think it will be. I'm not going to change my attitude coming to the rink and I think that's the biggest thing. I'm still a pretty outgoing guy here with all the guys in the dressing room and we've got a great bunch. I'm just going to come to the rink with the same mentality I've had through two seasons here and try to help the team out.
On if he's far from getting something done:
As far as all the little details I'd like to think that we're getting closer but other than that I can't really elaborate much more on it. It does no good to have me comment any more on the way things are going. Larry Kelly is the guy you have to ask these questions to and I mean that with all due respect to you guys.
On frustration with talks:
I'd like to get something done, that's about as far as I can go with that.
On improving his play from a year ago:
I've got to be better, I want to be better. There's not a whole lot different that I can do other than approach it slightly different this year through camp, really focus on the exhibition games I am playing and making sure that right from the get-go we're coming out hard. As far as partners yet I have no idea. Whoever I'm with I'll be ready to go.
On what it has meant to play for his hometown team:
It has been a privilege. For me to have the opportunity to play here at least so far has been great. I'm trying to treat it as such and, like I said, as far as my future is concerned I'd like to get something done but I only have so much control over that.
On the back and forth between the team and his agent:
To be honest I'm trying to stay away from listening to that stuff. Believe it or not I didn't even turn on the TV this morning. I'm just kind of keeping my mind on the dressing room and trying to be as positive and normal around the guys. The less I expose myself to that outside noise the better I am for it.
On the public aspect of negotiations:
It's not always going to be pretty, this stuff generally blows over pretty quick when something does get done. That's just the history of when you see guys talking contract. I'm not even remotely concerned about it.
On being in the midst of this in his hometown:
Once the season starts and eating dinner as much, I'm at home and more segregated in my home. I've got a very positive group of people around me that when I do leave the rink I don't usually have to deal with the usual distractions. I'll hear the odd stuff but I'm not too worried about it. I'm confident in myself and my game. I'm just going to go out and play.
On his agent speaking to the media:
I'm not going to comment on that. As far as my agent goes, he's got my best interests in mind and he has been great with me my entire career. I have a lot of respect for Larry Kelly.