NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2014

20 players file for arbitration, Gretzky’s agent denies his client’s involvement with Seattle NHL group, the Blue Jackets re-sign David Savard, while the Sharks appear poised to re-sign Tommy Wingels. 

P.K. Subban among the notable NHL players to file for salary arbitration.

P.K. Subban among the notable NHL players to file for salary arbitration.

NHLPA.COM: 20 players have filed for salary arbitration. Hearings will be conducted from July 20 – August 4.  The players are:

Arizona Coyotes

Brandon McMillan

Boston Bruins

Matt Bartkowski

Calgary Flames

Joe Colborne

Dallas Stars

Cameron Gaunce

Antoine Roussel

Florida Panthers

Jimmy Hayes

Los Angeles Kings

Dwight King

Minnesota Wild

Justin Fontaine

Montreal Canadiens

Lars Eller

P.K. Subban

Nashville Predators

Mattias Ekholm

New York Islanders

Kevin Poulin

New York Rangers

Derick Brassard

Chris Kreider

Mats Zuccarello

Ottawa Senators

Derek Grant

Pittsburgh Penguins

Nick Spaling

San Jose Sharks

Jason Demers

Toronto Maple Leafs

Cody Franson

James Reimer

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deadline for rival teams to send these players offer sheets was 5 pm ET yesterday. As a result, none of them can now receive one. Also, these players cannot be traded while awaiting arbitration. Contract negotiations between the players and their respective teams can continue to up their scheduled date for arbitration. Very few historically have gone before an arbiter. It’ll be interest to see how many – if any – of these players have their contracts for next season decided via arbitrations. 

CBC.CA: Wayne Gretzky’s agent denied his client is linked to a Seattle group hoping to bid for an NHL franchise.

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year, $2.6 million contract.

CSN BAY AREA: Brodie Brazil reports sources claiming the San Jose Sharks have reached an agreement with forward Tommy Wingels on a three-year contract.