Gagne, Gomez to Miss Training Camp? Fedorov Looking to Re-Wax His Wings


When the New Jersey Devils open training camp this weekend, Scott Gomez likely won’t be among the players attending.

The former NHL Rookie of the Year has balked at a qualifying offer of $650,000, the same salary he earned this past season. Gomez is believed to be seeking a salary in the neighborhood of $2-million a season.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello chalks up the current impasse to “the normal course of the game today”.

Gomez, a restricted free agent, started slow last season, scoring one goal in his first 26 games. He rebounded after Christmas, notching 41 points in 50 games before suffering a fractured hand on April 1, forcing him to the sidelines for the rest of the season and playoffs.

The Devils have agreed to terms with forward Jamie Langenbrunner, who will reportedly earn $2-million a season over the next three to four years.

Talks between the Philadelphia Flyers and forward Simon Gagne have reached an impasse.

According to Gagne’s agent Bob Sauve, while some progress has been made since the two sides began talking a month ago, he is not sure a deal can be reached by Thursday, when players are scheduled to report for physicals.

Sauve says if a deal is not reached, Gagne likely won’t report to training camp.

“At this time of the summer, we should be getting closer,” Sauve tells the Camden Courier-Post. “But we’re not close enough to make a deal. They have a lot of respect for Simon. So hopefully, we’ll have something done by Thursday.”

Gagne, a restricted free agent, is seeking a two year deal worth $5-million. He earned $975,000 last season.

The Detroit Red Wings have started contract talks with forward Sergei Fedorov.

According to the Detroit News, the Red Wings are interested in signing Fedorov to a new deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

With the anticipated work stoppage in 2004, there is speculation that the Red Wings might be reluctant to sign anyone to a long term deal. However, general manager Ken Holland says that is not the case, pointing to the fact that goaltender Curtis Joseph is signed beyond 2004.

Fedorov is in the final year of a contract which was signed in 1997-98. That year, the Carolina Hurricanes offered the forward a front-loaded deal which included a $14-million signing bonus and a $12-million bonus if the team reached the conference finals. Detroit eventually matched the offer sheet.

In 81 regular-season games last year, Fedorov had 31 goals and 37 assists. He had five goals and 14 assists in 23 playoff games in helping Detroit to the Stanley Cup championship.