21 players file for salary arbitration, why it’s a good time to be an over-35 UFA, the Stars improve at center, the return of Dominic Moore, the lockout may have saved the Coyotes, and more.
NHLPA: 21 NHL players have filed for salary arbitration. Among the notables are Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, St. Louis’ Chris Stewart and Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration is 5 pm ET today. The arbitration hearings will be held from July 22 to August 6, 2013.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: During the previous CBA, few arbitration cases actually ended up before an arbiter, as most end re-signing with their teams. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the 21 this year actually end up going to arbitration.
SPORTSNET.CA: Chris Johnston reports how using bonuses allows teams like the Red Wings and Bruins to sign over-35 players like Daniel Alfredsson and Jarome Iginla to more cap-friendly one-year deals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The bonus rule for over-35 players has always been there, and as Johnston noted, with the salary cap dropping, it’s surprising more teams have employed this tactic for over-35 free agents. Basically, if those players achieve their bonuses and it pushes the teams over the cap, the overage is applied to next year’s (2014-15) salary cap, which isn’t a big deal for cap teams like Detroit and Boston if the ceiling rises significantly again.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The additions of Tyler Seguin and Shawn Horcoff provide an immediate boost to the Dallas Stars depth at center.
NEW YORK POST: Center Dominic Moore is happy to return to the NHL and the NY Rangers. Moore took last season off after his wife, Katie, died of cancer in January.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Moore in his return, and to he and his family as they cope with their loss.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reports the lockout may have saved the
Phoenix Arizona Coyotes, as the change in the revenue-sharing model under the new CBA attracted the club’s new ownership. Eric Duhatschek, meanwhile, remembers the late NHL player agent Don Baizley.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Nashville Predator signed Seth Jones to an entry-level contract, the Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t sure if they’ll make a contract offer to Vinny Prospal, the NY Rangers yesterday re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, $975K contract, and Washington Capitals GM George McPhee doesn’t expect Russian prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov to join his club until either late next season, if not 2014-15.