The Ottawa Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, said Mark Stone, 26, is too old to give a long-term contract. Don’t tell the Vegas Golden Knights that. On the surface, it sounds like sour grapes. I see what he’s trying to say here but players he drafts, home-grown players, will eventually turn 26. Now that they know how the boss feels will that change the way they negotiate with the team? It could. There’s no advantage in making this strategy available for public consumption. Maybe a few National Hockey League fans will agree, may a few pundits, but at the end of the day, Sidney Crosby is 31, Alex Ovechkin is 33 and Carey Price is 31. Nobody talks about them being too old to get a long-term deal. If they were free agents, they’d all get them.