Sixteen players election arbitration, but Shea Weber isn’t among them, big NHL markets no longer have free agent advantage, the latest on the Coyotes sale, and more.
NHLPA.COM: Sixteen players have filed for salary arbitration; among them: Colorado’s Jamie McGinn, Detroit’s Kyle Quincey, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Florida’s Kris Versteeg, Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn, and St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind, just because these players have filed to arbitration, doesn’t mean they’ll end up in front of an arbiter. In most cases, the players and their respective teams end up settling before their arbitration hearings.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has not filed for salary arbitration, making him eligible to receive an offer sheet from a rival team. The Predators, however, have said they’d match any offer. Weber’s agent claims his client is still in shock over former teammate Ryan Suter’s decision to sign with Minnesota. The Predators hope to re-sign Weber to a long-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be more shocked if a rival club actually pitches Weber an offer sheet, since the Predators will match it. Indeed, perhaps it might be easier for all involved if Weber did sign an offer sheet and the Preds matched it, as it would bring his contract negotiations to a swift conclusion, though it would undoubtedly be expensive. If a rival GM wanted to be a dick, he’d pitch an lucrative offer sheet anyway, forcing the Preds to retain Weber for perhaps far more than they hoped to pay.
USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen suggests the Parise and Suter signings indicate big NHL markets no longer have the advantage in the free agent market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For this summer, yes, but overall I disagree with that assessment. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik went to the NY Rangers last summer. Marian Hossa went first to Detroit, then Chicago. Brian Campbell signed with Chicago. Daniel Briere jumped to Philadelphia. The need to reach the cap floor saw the Florida Panthers active last summer, but not this year. The Wild cleared the boards for a big summer, and were able to capitalize on their location to land Suter and Parise (who also wanted to play together) but I doubt they’ll be as active in the future in the UFA market. Occasionally,a smaller NHL market will make a big splash in the free agent pool, but in most cases, the big market teams regularly remain active, and usually have the advantage.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Another day, another threat to the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The Capitals yesterday re-signed center Mathieu Perreault to a two-year contract extension.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres have signed former Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils have signed Krys Barch to a two-year contract.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have hired former Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney as an assistant coach.