NHL Canadian Corner – July 21, 2012.

Updates on P.K. Subban’s contract negotiations, a call for the Jets to re-sign their best players long-term, and wondering why Sam Gagner’s contracts keep getting shorter.

No offer sheet for Subban.

QMI AGENCY (VIA CALGARY SUN): Agent Don Meehan, who represents unsigned Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, claims he’s had no talks with other NHL teams regarding his client, who wants to re-sign with the Canadiens. Meehan is scheduled to meet with Habs GM Marc Bergevin next week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Subban’s interested in offer sheets from other clubs. As a restricted free agent, his rights still belong to the Habs, but if he were unhappy with contract talks, or just didn’t want to be in Montreal anymore, he could instruct his agent to speak with other clubs to let them know he’d entertain an offer sheet.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell suggests the Jets should try to lock up Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian to longer-term contracts now, as such contracts could be forbidden in the next CBA.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The latest on Kane had he and the Jets working toward a six-year extension. Bogosian isn’t a free agency until next summer, though the Jets can move to re-sign him now if they wish. So far, it’s been quiet on the Bogosian front, which suggests GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t looking at re-signing him, or Kane, to deals of ten years or longer.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders why Oilers center Sam Gagner’s contracts keep getting shorter and shorter. He recently re-signed a one-year deal, coming off a tw0-year deal, and before that, his three-year entry level deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Oilers management are still trying to determine what they’ve got in Gagner. Is he a budding offensive star who, at only 22, has yet to reach his full potential? Or is he a third-line center who can be counted on for 45 points per season?  This coming season could shed more light on the subject, which is why I think the Oilers only gave him a one year deal. I believe they do wish to retain him long term, but want to pay him his true worth, rather than risk overpaying for a potential he might not achieve.

7 Comments

  1. PK grew up a habs fan, is adored by most of the fans, and is living his dream. He won’t be leaving unless he says he hates French people.

  2. French people? Give it a rest. He’ll eventually leave if they dont pay him what he thinks he’s worth.. thats why he would leave. That wont be for a while either.

  3. No doubt Gagner is budding potential, although I think he’s more valuable to another team than the Oilers. A lot of NHLers didnt even play a full season by the time they were 22 years old, and he has shown glimpses of game changing potential with his 6 point night, etc. I’d say if he wasnt stuck down the depth chart on a losing team that is trying to showcase their up-and-comers he could develop into a well-rounded player But Edmonton likes to ruin great NHL prospects, so I doubt that’ll happen.

  4. Gagner is a very curious case. There are a lot of people who dont look at him as a potential star, yet if you take time to look at the numbers, there are some surprises.

    In his first five years he has an NHLe of 53 pts a season, and here are some comparables in their first 5 years. Patrick Marleau NHLe 49, David Legwand NHLe 48, Stephen Weiss NHLe 40,David Langkow NHLe 33 and whats even more incredible he has nearly identical stats as the Sedins (220 pts for Gagner, 222 pts for Gagner)

    Pretty responsibly defensively, plenty of upside offensively, and with a 1 year contract easy to move or resign in the summer.

  5. Minor details but it was an 8 point night for Gagner.

  6. Oilers management are still trying to determine what they’ve got in Gagner. Is he a budding offensive star who, at only 22, has yet to reach his full potential? Or is he a third-line center who can be counted on for 45 points per season? This coming season could shed more light on the subject, which is why I think the Oilers only gave him a one year deal. I believe they do wish to retain him long term, but want to pay him his true worth, rather than risk overpaying for a potential he might not achieve. like they did with Dustin Penner? Seems like a smart move in this case.

  7. Oilers : they do wish to retain him long term, but want to pay him his true worth, rather than risk overpaying for a potential he might not achieve. like they did with Dustin Penner? Seems like a smart move in this case.