Josh Gorges’ arbitration hearing is set for July 28.
He and the Canadiens have a week to negotiate a deal and avoid what is often a corrosive process.
In a piece announcing he will succeed Réjean Tremblay as La Presse’s sports columnist, François Gagnon wrote that arbitration should be avoided in Gorges’ case.
While he is not a Markov or Subban, Gagnon wrote, Gorges is a solid defenceman who is a respected leader in the Canadiens’ room. Gorges could be captain of the club some day. But this is not likely to happen if he has been through arbitration where, as is customary in the process, the team argues against Gorges’ value.
Get it done, Pierre.
• Nashville seems headed for Aug. 2 arbitration with Gorges’ old Kelowna Rockets defence partner, Shea Weber. Zach Parise is hoping to avoid an Aug. 3 hearing, and Brandon Dubinsky’s contract talks have stalled.
• Everyone on Facebook should wish CBC Radio sportscaster Andie Bennett happy birthday today
• And while you’re at it, save some good thoughts for Michael Farber, who is on the mend and should be ready when the puck drops this autumn. SI has posted Farber’s piece about covering the 1988-’89 Canadiens
• Elliotte Friedman’s Top 30 thoughts. Check no. 17
• Patrick Lalime joins RDS. He was one of the goaltenders who broke Jacques Martin’s heart in Ottawa