Mikkel Boedker was not among the NHL's restricted free agents who filed for salary arbitration by Thursday’s deadline. That doesn’t mean all is peachy in negotiations between the Coyotes and Boedker’s agents, Kevin Epp and Jarrett Bousquet.

Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving and Bousquet continue to talk, but Treliving said Thursday evening that a gap still exists between what the team believes Boedker should be paid and what Boedker’s camp believes the speedy forward is worth.

“The good news is that we’re not necessarily locked into one specific position,” Treliving said. “There’s always a number of ways to skin a cat, but we’ve got to find a deal that works for both sides.”

It’s interesting that Boedker’s representatives elected not to file for salary arbitration. The Coyotes extended a qualifying offer to Boedker, 23, last week. Since he made more than $1 million last season, the qualifying offer was for the same amount Boedker made in 2013: $1.2 million.

Had his agents filed for arbitration, they likely would have been locked into an award somewhere between that number and what they are asking. By avoiding arbitration, Boedker’s agents could be admitting that he wouldn’t have much of a case and that the award would have come back on the lower end.

"Every player and every situation is different, but we felt that arbitration maybe wasn't in Mikkel's best interest," Bousquet said. "We've been negotiating in good faith, and we're just trying to inch closer to a deal."

A pair of recent contracts may serve as comparables for Boedker. New York Rangers wing Carl Hagelin, 24, got a two-year, $4.5-million deal to avoid arbitration after notching 10 goals and 24 points, and Florida’s Shawn Matthias, 25, got two years and $3.5 million after scoring a career-high 14 goals (21 points).