Oilers and Gagner working on extension: [UPD: Elected Arbitration]
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06-27-2013, 11:24 PM
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This is MacT's time to set the tone for contract negotiations in his time as GM.
NMCs can kill a team. Worth doing only if Gagner is willing to give on both AAV and term length.
Gagner's contract is up at a time when player's don't have a lot of power. If he really wants $5M a year for 5 or more years and an NMC I think the Oilers best move is to let him test the RFA waters. Even just enough to get a sense of what the market is.
The problem is, the market is kind of set with the O'Reilly contract. We can thank Jay Feaster for that. Gagner, although a different player than ROR is more of an offensive player and that in itself will be their argument. I'd offer him the $4.5 on a 4-5 year deal and hope he takes it. If he's looking for more, the Oilers are probably in for a battle.
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