The Oilers and Sam Gagner have until Friday, July 20th to hammer out an amicable deal. If a deal can’t be reached, an arbitrator will decide what is fair value for both parties involved.
If I’m the Oilers (deep breath), and I’m interested in keeping Sam Gagner in my fold, I’m going to try and sign him for anything reasonable in the next eight days. If the arbitrator rules that Sam Gagner is a 4.5M a year player (stranger things have happened), the Oilers would have to pay him for the term (it’ll be one or two years) or lose him outright.
Losing second line centres for nothing just ain’t my bag.
If the negotiations are so far apart that a resolution seems unlikely, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear trade offers thrown around for the services of one Sam Gagner. *wink*
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