Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 17

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 17

Who needs PR in the NHL when you have the Hockey News Ken Campbell writing pieces like this declaring the NHL offer to be a reasonable start to CBA negotiations?

CSN compadre Kevin Kurz speaks with the San Jose Sharks ownership about the upcoming CBA negotiations, and how they will affect the Sharks.

Not enough signatures for petitions in Glendale, and things continue to look gloomy for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Cory Schneider says the players arent panicking over the first thrifty offer from the NHL owners, and thats because they finally have good leadership within the union for once.

The Red Wings continue to wait on Shane Doan and his preference to play next season if its not going to be in Phoenix.

The Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane continue to work on a lengthy contract extension that will keep the power forward in Canada for the foreseeable future.

For something completely different: A profile on Will Ferrell written in Rolling Stone that I somehow missed when it first came out in March.

Spooner, Bruins nearly $2 million apart in arbitration figures

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Spooner, Bruins nearly $2 million apart in arbitration figures

The figures and briefs are in for the Bruins and Ryan Spooner for their arbitration hearing Wednesday, but both sides are still hoping that a deal can be reached prior to it. The Bruins have submitted a one-year contract offer for $2 million. Spooner’s camp countered with $3.85 million, creating a sizeable gap of almost $2 million between the two.

Spooner, 25, has averaged 12 goals and 44 points the past two seasons with the B’s, including 35 power-play points while working the half-wall for a Boston PP that’s been ranked seventh overall two seasons in a row.

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Spooner is coming off a two-year contract worth $1.95 million and his is a complicated situation for the Black and Gold. Spooner holds significant value as a trade piece and has been an important part of a very effective power play, but he also finished the playoffs as a healthy scratch after going quietly the past few months of the season.

Spooner was one of the major pieces discussed in trade talks with the Minnesota Wild around the draft prior to the Wild shipping Marco Scandella to the Buffalo Sabres and he's been involved in trade discussions with several teams the past couple of years.

The Bruins have prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson waiting in the wings if/when the B’s decided to spin Spooner to another team, but they also enjoy his speed and playmaking when he’s on his game. There’s clearly a scenario where the Bruins start the season with Spooner installed as their third-line center and perhaps explore more trade discussions while seeing if a full season under Bruce Cassidy can unlock his significant offensive potential.

If that's still in the plan, they’d be wise to come to an agreement and avoid the hearing Wednesday where they’d ostensibly be bad-mouthing a player they’d want back on their team. The Bruins have the right to walk away from Spooner should he be awarded the full $3.85 million by the arbiter. Still, it’s hard to believe they’d do that given that he’s a homegrown asset with trade value.

The feeling at this address is that there’s a deal to be made between the two sides for something around the $3 million mark. That’s something that would be worthwhile for the Bruins if they have any designs on continuing on with Spooner.