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Clarke Updates Status of Negotiations With Gagne

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke updated the status of the contract negotiations with left wing Simon Gagne on Wednesday morning at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone. Despite the fact that the restricted free agent has not yet been signed, Clarke is confident the deal will eventually be completed.

Below is a brief Q and A with Clarke regarding the situation with Gagne.

Where do things stand with Simon Gagne?
BC: "We had contact yesterday and today, but we're still apart in how much we should pay Simon. We'll continue to work at it and try and get it done, but right now there is a gap in salary demands."

At this point, is the ball in one court or the other?
BC: "We responded to their request this morning. It's not a negotiation that goes from one side to the other. We're talking our way through it."

Is this a monumental gap, or a small gap?
BC: "I think with the numbers that are being talked about, any gap is big, because it's big money we're talking about."

Are you confident that this will eventually get done?
BC: "Yeah, I'm confident that we'll get it done."
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