Merrimack College's sensational sophomore Stephane Da Costa flew to Toronto this morning to meet with his agents Wade Arnott and Ed Ward. A decision on his NHL future is likely to come this week.
Da Costa, who was eliminated from the Div. 1 NCAA men's hockey Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday night, has been scouted by at least 20 NHL teams over the past two seasons.
According to sources, Ottawa, Florida and Minnesota are the favorites to land the Merrimack center with Philadelphia, St. Louis, Nashville, Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver among potential long shots.
Da Costa's contract will follow the same structure as those in the 2010 entry draft under the NHL's CBA, meaning he'll earn a $900,000 base salary and is eligibly for up to $2.85 million in bonuses. Unless there is an NHL CBA extension by July 1, all player bonuses count on next year's salary cap, meaning his cap hit next season would be $3.75 million, if he signs a deal with the full bonus structure that is currently in place.