The latest on Sam Gagner, Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler, Daniel Briere, Mikael Backlund and more.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/EDMONTON SUN: Oilers center Sam Gagner has filed for salary arbitration, while David Perron is looking forward to joining the Oilers following his trade from St. Louis yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner could be re-signed before his case goes to arbitration. The good news for Oilers fans is he’s now ineligible to receive an offer sheet from a rival club. As for Perron, he’s not the big, physical power forward the Oilers could use at forward, but his play-making skills should provide a boost to their offense.

Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler were among 21 players to file for arbitration.

Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler were among 21 players to file for arbitration.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little have filed for salary arbitration.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trio could be re-signed before their arbitration hearing, but no other NHL team this year had three of their best players opting for salary arbitration, which raised a few eyebrows yesterday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Daniel Briere is hoping for a bounce-back season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, I imagine, is Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, who signed Briere to a two-year deal.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed center Mikael Backlund to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed Mark Borowiecki and Dave Dziurzynski

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs re-signed center Joe Colborne to a one-year, $600K contract.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks 2013 first round pick Bo Horvat hopes to prove he can make the NHL next season.

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