So Josh Gorges is taking the Montreal Canadiens to aribtration. So why all the fuss? I’ve been reading comments on Twitter, blogs, forums, and my cell phone, where fans are startled and in a curfuffle ( I finally go to use that word in a post!).
But I’m full of curiosity as to why. When I look back on several comments on the same sites where the confusion is now being uttered, I see fans who were saying that Gorges would most likely sign for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $2.5M to $3.oM USD.
As a matter of fact, two guest panelists on this very site, when formulating their cap roster for the Canadiens in 2011-2012 considered that Gorges would sign for $3.0M and $3.25M respectively. No one challenged that thought.
So when Gorges recieved his qualifying offer from the organization at $1.3M, was anyone really thingking that he would just calmly sign on the dotted line?
His agent Kevin Epp will most certainly be doing his utmost to ensure that his client gets the best bang for his buck, and that’s exactly why they’ve slated the contract for arbitration. It’s all part of the process. Not something to be worried about.
Last season there were 19 cases slated for arbitration, and only four of those went the distance.
In the case of Gorges, it will most likely ensure that a settlement between the team and the player gets settled in a quicker fashion.
Many agree that Gorges is worth more than the qualifying offer that he recieved. Some will say that he should be happy with the money since he just came off surgery for a season ending knee injury. But the fact is – he’s a defensive gem that isn’t even near his prime yet.If you want to complain, call Andrei Markov’s agent. He’s one of the people resposible for the outlandish contracts that are getting thrown around the NHL.
I think – without doubt – that there will be an agreement between both parties long before the slated arbitration date. Look for a contract to be in the realm of $2.25M. But have no fears; Josh Gorges will be skating in the Tricolore jersey come October.