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Report: Gagner wants $5.5 million in arbitration from Oilers

Jul 20, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

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Sam Gagner is looking to cash in on arbitration in a big way.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Oilers center is seeking $5.5 million from the Oilers should the two sides wind up in front of an arbitrator. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Oilers are seeking $3.5 million. Gagner’s hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Before you go bonkers over a guy who has never cracked 50 points in a season asking for so much money, just know it’s all part of the process. Arbitration is like exaggerated negotiating and Gagner is setting his target higher than he’s likely worth.

That said, he’s still just 23 years-old so his prime seasons may be about to begin. He’s coming off a one-year deal that paid $3.2 million and is obviously seeking a raise. If an arbitrator looks at things like King Solomon, a one-year deal of $4.3 million could wind up being what happens.

In case you’re wondering, if Gagner got what he’s asking for that wouldn’t be close to a record. Nashville’s Shea Weber won a $7.5 million decision just two summers ago.

  1. eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Is Gagner worth $4.5m a year? That’s splitting the difference in arbitration… Based on his numbers, it sure doesn’t look like it.

  2. mrpinkca - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    He’s worth at least 5. I’m not sure if the Oilers can afford to pay him that much from a cap perspective.

    • eggserino - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Man, straight from Gagner’s agent! Or maybe it’s his publicist?

  3. colby7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    He should of saved that 8 point game for his contract year.

  4. cameltoews - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    How is he worth 5 mill? If he is worth 5 mill than Stepan is worth 7. You are nuts.

  5. ray2013 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    On Sam’s side, he’s gone up from 0.62, to 0.63 to 0.79 ppg in the last three seasons, and he’s only 23. He’s also going to have his highest quality of linemates this season, and he hasn’t peaked yet, from a career standpoint.

    On the negative side, he’s never played a full season, and he’s never broken 50 points. It’s a big year for him to get paid.

  6. thegonz13 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    $5.5 million for what…?

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    He’s worth 4 million at the most

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I think $3.5 million is more then enough for a guy whose never broken 50 points, isn’t physical, strong defensively or a good face off man.

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