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Boedker, Coyotes to shelve contract talks if no deal by opening night

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GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 12: Mikkel Boedker #89 of the Phoenix Coyotes in action during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena on March 12, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Next week will be a crucial one for Mikkel Boedker and the Arizona Coyotes.

Boedker, a pending RFA, has been in negotiations with the Coyotes on a new deal -- but, according to Boedker’s agent, those talks won’t continue if a deal isn’t done by Arizona’s season opener on Oct. 9.

From the Arizona Republic:

Boedker will be up for a contract renewal at the end of this season, and another strong offensive showing could net him the long-term security he coveted when he negotiated his last contract, which ended up being a two-year, $5.1 million deal.

The Coyotes and Boedker’s camp have been in talks but if a deal isn’t hammered out before opening night, negotiations will be put on hold until the end of the season, Boedker’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet, said.

Boedker, 24, inked a two-year, $5.1 million deal just prior to the start of last year’s training camp and responded with a career campaign, scoring 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games. The former eighth overall pick gelled on the club’s top line alongside Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette, and has been praised for his “excellent” skill set by head coach Dave Tippett.

Per the Republic, Boedker was gunning for a long-term pact last fall and will likely want the same this time around. It’ll be interesting to see how negotiations play out -- Bousquet has a fairly good rapport with Arizona brass and netted another client, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a six-year, $33 million extension with the Coyotes last season.