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Arbitration dates set; Gagner, Stewart up first

Jul 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Sam Gagner AP

Last week, 21 players filed for salary arbitration.

Today, 15 of them got their hearing dates.

The first two up are perhaps the two most interesting of the lot — Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and St. Louis’ Chris Stewart. The pair are slated for hearings on the morning of Monday, July 22.

Gagner, 25, finished second on the Oilers in scoring last season with 14 goals and 24 assists, playing on a one-year, $3.2 million deal.

For the Oilers, the problem with going to arbitration is that the maximum term that could be awarded is one year, which would leave Gagner — who’s already got six NHL seasons under his belt — a pending unrestricted free agent.

Stewart, 25, led St. Louis in scoring last year with 36 points in 48 games. His last contract, a one-year deal, paid him $3 million — though his situation is different than Gagner’s, in that Stewart needs two more years of service before becoming a UFA.

Here’s the full schedule of arbitration hearings, courtesy the NHLPA:

Hearing Date  AM/PM Player  Club
 July 22, 2013  AM  SAM GAGNER  EDM
 July 22, 2013 AM CHRIS STEWART STL
 July 23, 2013 AM ERIC TANGRADI WPG
 July 24, 2013 AM BRYAN LITTLE WPG
 July 25, 2013 AM NICK SPALING NSH
 July 26, 2013 AM CARL GUNNARSSON TOR
 July 29, 2013 AM BLAKE WHEELER WPG
 July 30, 2013 AM PAUL POSTMA WPG
 July 30, 2013 AM MARK FRASER TOR
 July 31, 2013 AM MATS ZUCCARELLO NYR
 July 31, 2013 AM DALE WEISE VAN
 August 1, 2013 AM ROBERT BORTUZZO PIT
 August 1, 2013 AM JORDAN NOLAN LOSA
 August 2, 2013 AM TREVOR LEWIS LOSA
 August 2, 2013 AM ZACH BOGOSIAN WPG

Should be noted that Brendan Smith (Detroit), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles), Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles), Ryan White (Montreal), Josh Bailey (New York Islanders and Erik Condra (Ottawa) all received new deals after they filed for arbitration.

Update: Cross Tangradi off the list, as he and the Jets agreed to a two-year, $1.35 million deal.

  1. ray2013 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Gagner was born August 10, 1989, which makes him 23. If he goes to arbitration and is awarded a one-year deal, Gagner would become a UFA at 24. He could sign a six-year deal and only be 30 when his deal expires. Someone is going to throw stupid money at him, now or in a year.

    I think he goes to arbitration and takes the one-year deal.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Winnipeg has some work to do before Arbitration comes around. It’s not so much about saving the extra dollars (if they do), it’s about some of your top players (Wheeler, Little, Bogosian) feeling like you aren’t willing or able to make a commitment to them for their future as a big part of your team. Salt in the wound for those young players is Winnipeg having the most cap space of any team in the league at the moment.

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