Author: Cam Tucker

Report: Smith asking for $4.75 million ahead of arbitration date with Predators


According to Adam Vingan of The Tennessean, the Nashville Predators and 25-year-old center Craig Smith have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday.

This, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, shows what separates the two sides heading into that hearing:

Smith, a restricted free agent, has emerged with back-to-back 20-plus goal seasons with the Predators, scoring 24 times with 52 points in 79 games in 2013-14.

His point production dipped this past season to 44 points, but he still finished tied for second on the team alongside James Neal with 23 goals, and behind only Filip Forsberg, who had 26.

“It’s just a process,” Predators GM David Poile recently told The Tennessean.

“It’s probably actually good it’s been done because we know they’re going to be signed. It’s just how much, and it gives both sides a chance to prepare as best possible for an arbitration or maybe for a settlement.”

Shero confident Devils can re-sign Larsson, perhaps before arbitration date

The New Jersey Devils and defenseman Adam Larsson are nearing an arbitration date, but the club’s general manager Ray Shero seems to believe a deal could perhaps be completed before then, according to, via

As per, Larsson’s arbitration hearing is July 29. In his fourth season with the Devils, the 22-year-old blue liner scored three goals and had 24 points — both career highs — in 64 games.

“I think we’ll get a deal done,” said Shero.

“We have time before the arbitration date certainly and we’ll see where that leads us, but the goal with [Eric] Gelinas was to try to agree to a deal we’re both happy with and it’s the same thing with Larsson. I had a conversation with [agent] J.P. Barry again [Thursday] and I hope within the next few days to have an idea where we’re going. We’ve talked about a lot of different things.”

Larsson, taken fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft and now a restricted free agent, was one of two Devils’ players to originally elect for salary arbitration.

The Devils avoided arbitration with defenseman Eric Gelinas earlier this week by re-signing him to a two-year contract extension worth $3.15 million.

According to Tom Gulitti for The Record, the Devils also re-signed defenseman Seth Helgeson to a two-year contract.

Blackhawks, Kruger ‘still talking’ as two sides try to negotiate new deal


The summer days continue to tick by and still no deal for Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, however general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago the two sides are “still talking.”

From ESPN Chicago:

Bowman said he would like to come to terms with Kruger before training camp in September.

“I think with all our players, you want to have them signed before camp,” Bowman said. “I think it’s always ideal to have your guys with as much preparation as possible. We’re working towards that and ultimately we’ll see how the timing works out.”

According to General Fanager, the Blackhawks have $231,540 in cap space.

Kruger, 25, scored seven goals and 17 points last regular season.

He also came with a cap hit of 1.325 million over the last two seasons, however it’s been widely reported his goal is to sign a long-term contract this summer, and he was willing to wait for Chicago to clear up some of its salary cap issues.