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Report: 30 goal scorer and NHL team far apart on next contract

If they want to bridge the gap before going to arbitration, they’ll need to get serious.

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According to a report from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Nashville Predators and breakout winger Viktor Arvidsson are far apart on contract negotiations. 

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Not only can the two sides not agree on dollars, but term also seems to be an issue. While we usually reserve judgement on matters like this, $2.75 million for a 30 goal, 61 point player seems like a MASSIVE underpayment. We don’t blame Arvidsson for chasing more money on a one year “show me” deal. In fact, how great would it be if Arvidsson signed a one year deal only to go out and earn himself even more money for next offseason with an even better season in 2017-18?

The Preds better tread lightly here. They’re already loaded with some big dollar commitments for players like P.K. Subban and Pekka Rinne. They’d be smart to lock Arvidsson up to a long-term deal more along the likes of the Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm deals they currently have.

There’s still time to resolve matters before Arvidsson’s arbitration (say that four times fast), but both sides will have to work quickly if they expect to come to an agreement before the weekend.