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