Leafs to take Kulemin to arbitration, musing over a possible return in a Gagner trade, and Flames prospect Baertschi all business in prospect camp.
TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs have filed for salary arbitration with winger Nikolai Kulemin, whose agent has had one negotiating session with the team since season’s end, adding his client wants to remain a Leaf.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible this could end in an agreement on a new deal before arbitration begins. The arbitration period runs from July 20 to August 4th. Kulemin is eligible for UFA status in two years time.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis suggests if the Oilers decide to trade center Sam Gagner, they’ll need to get a high end return, either another center or a high-end defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Gagner’s name has been a fixture in the rumor mill the past two seasons, Oilers management has stuck with him. His contract talks (he’s currently an RFA) could determine if he remains with the club next season, or is finally dealt.
CALGARY HERALD: Vicki Hall recently reported promising Flames forward Sven Baertschi, who looked good in three games with the club last season, is all business in this year’s prospect development camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Baertschi plays with the same enthusiasm and energy in training camp this fall as he did during his brief call-up last season, he’ll have no problem cracking the Flames lineup.
NOTE: The rumors of the Leafs and Canucks interest in Coyotes captain Shane Doan can be found in the “Rumors’ section.