April 8, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner (89) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (4) during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links

Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice. This is more the “Afternoon Links” because yours truly likes to sleep in on the weekend sometimes. Sue me.

Sam Gagner is looking for quite a bit of money from the Oilers as they enter arbitration. Will the Oilers match or will Gagner be moved?:

Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner has asked for $5.5 million next season in arbitration.

Gagner, who is a restricted free agent, has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday.

Yesterday, the decision-makers finally released the NHL schedule and came to an agreement on the league’s participation in the 2014 Sochi games:

There are four divisions instead of six, complete with new names and a different balance of games, and time off from Feb. 9-26 to let players go to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“We wanted to make the schedule as normal as it could be,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Sirius XM NHL Network Radio. “With 17 days in the middle … that’s sometimes tough to do.”

The St.Louis Blues have re-signed forward Chris Stewart to a new two-year deal:

The St. Louis Blues and forward Chris Stewartavoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old Stewart was a restricted free agent after leading the team in scoring. He played in all 48 games and had 36 points, including 18 goals. Stewart was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Monday that now isn’t necessary.

And finally, the Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Brian Flynn and Nick Crawford, leaving only Cody Hodgson left to re-sign in Western New York:

The Buffalo Sabres on Friday re-signed restricted free agents Brian Flynn and Nick Crawford. No financial terms were disclosed.

Flynn, who turns 25 next week, got a two-year deal. The center made his NHL debut with the Sabres in 2012-13, scoring six goals and finishing with 11 points in 26 games. The University of Maine alumnus had 16 goals and 32 points in 45 games with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate.

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