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NHL News: 20 Players File For Arbitration … Sides Working to Get Deals Done

  • NHLPA: 20 Players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

    Brandon McMillan (Ari), Matt Bartkowski (Bos), Joe Colborne (Cal), Cameron Gaunce and Antoine Roussel (Dal), Jimmy Hayes (Fla) Dwight King (LA), Justin Fontain (Min), Lars Eller and P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm (Nas), Kevin Poulin (NYI), Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello (NYR), Derek Grant (Ott), Nick Spaling (Pit), Jason Demers (SJ), Cody Franson and James Reimer (Tor)

  • Ken Campbell of The Hockey News: The Pros of Subban filing for arbitration:

    - First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September.
    - Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban.
    - And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

    The Canadiens have the option of either one- or two- years. Hard to see them not selecting a two-year deal.

  • Allan Walsh: Rangers Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a long-term deal done.
  • Michael Russo: Wild winger Justin Fontaine filed for salary arbitration but they will work on getting a deal done before the arbitration hearing.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on Mattias Ekholm filing for arbitration: “We talked about it during negotiations. Hopefully that gives us some urgency to move forward & get it done.” Diamond doesn’t think he’ll get a big raise from last year. He doesn’t have a lot of leverage and only had a decent year last year.

One Comment

  1. kckrebs

    July 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

    “And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid”

    This is a pretty optimistic view. I suppose it depends on what your opinion of overpaid is.

    The last Norris caliber defensman I remember getting all the way to arbitration was Shea Weber in 11-12. Let’s check some numbers. In the 10-11 season Shea scored 16 goals for a respectable 48 points in the regular season. Followed by a rather dismal playoff run with only 5 points in 12 games. Now I’m not exactly sure what the salary cap was in 2011 but it was a lot lower than it is now. That all said Weber received a 7.5 million one year contract through arbitration.

    Now look at Subban. Last season he scored 10 goals and 53 points. He went on a tear in the playoffs and I believe led Montreal in scoring leading them past the Bruins and into the Eastern Conference Final. Subban could very well approach 9 million or more in arbitration. Maybe some will believe he’s worth that but when you consider that Montreal could have locked him up long term instead of trying to save doing a bridge contract, he could’ve been locked up for 8 years at a number likely smaller than 7 million. Therefore whatever he signs for will be an overpayment in my opinion.