NHL Arbitration is Decisions, Decisions: Who’s Left!
The Salary Arbitration process can be a contentious one in the NHL. It’s a way for players and teams to settle their differences and avoid long contract disputes.
In the most simple explanation, the team and player will each propose a number and argue their points in front of an arbitrator. When this is done, the arbitrator will then award a salary for the player.
Easy enough, but a team has 48 hours to decide to pay it or walk away. Interesting dilemma in some cases. A full write up of the process can be found here.
Below is a list of the remaining scheduled hearings. Some big names are there like Derick Brassard of the NY Rangers, James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.
Thus far, nothing overly dramatic has happened. However, Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year deal and is still bolting to the KHL after not being able to work out a difference of about 300,000!
We don’t see anything crazy like that happening with the remaining free agents, but you never can tell sometimes.