Morning Hits: Gagner, Jets RFAs, Chiarelli, Thomas, Couturier, Redmond and Sharks travel

  • Elliotte Friedman: Sam Gagner has asked for a one-year $5.5 million deal in arbitration. The Oilers have asked for $3.5 million.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets have arbitration dates set with Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

    “Our focus is on trying to come to deals with all of these players,” Cheveldayoff said. “We’ve been fortunate to come to deals with two of them (Eric Tangradi and Paul Postma, who also filed). We’re continuing talking.

    “Each and every deal falls into place differently, whether the arbitration process is involved or not.”

    The Jets currently have $47.2 million committed to the salary cap next next season.

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: The free agent market is quiet.

    “Yes, very quiet,’’ Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said late Friday afternoon. “And I think that’s to be expected. The cap is coming down this year [to $64.3 million] and a lot of clubs already have their roster in place and payrolls set. I don’t think you’re going to see much more, at least in the short term. Maybe things will pick up late in the summer as camps are about to open.’’

    Tim Thomas remains unsigned.

    “I’m speaking to a few teams about Timmy,’’ Zito noted Friday via e-mail. “Trying to find the best fit.’’

    Thomas may only get a training camp invite. The Islanders and Flyers had been rumored to be interested. There was some speculation that the Blue Jackets could be interested, but it looks like they will go with Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney.

  • Fear the Fin: (vie @Forchecer) The Sharks will travel more than any other team next year. They will travel twice as many miles as the Rangers.


  1. Phil

    July 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Riddle me this. Why mike kotska is good enough for the Stanley cup champion Hawks. ( he signed with them )
    Not good enough for the leafs….??

  2. hotwings

    July 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    has to do w. cap issues and the state of leafs depth on D… nothing to do with comparative analysis concerning cup champs vs leafs…

  3. Puck Me Up

    July 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Sam Gagner is NOT worth $5.5 a year for any year he’s played so far!!! And I like Gagner and wish the Avs would have made a push to get him a couple of years ago. I agree with Oilers on this one…

  4. James

    July 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t know how some of these guys come to value themselves. Gagner should give his head a shake.

  5. david the jew

    July 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    hot wings… its simple math my friend, the leafs stink and the hawks are beginning a dynasty

  6. tiedummy

    July 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Cant get this 5 million for second rate centres //gagner/bozak/little/flippola/briere/..and how about jersey spending more money then they were paying illya for a broken down crowe and ryder
    can see jersey ending up last and not getting a shot at the next great one
    why would lou trade a pick for a goalie when the leafs gave up nothing for bernier who would have been a great fit with marty..Horvath is the new Kessler,,like lou is out of touch and should retire