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An Arbitrator Actually Made A Decision

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Finally, an arbitrator who did more than split the difference between a club’s submission and the player’s. Finally, an arbitrator who did more than color by numbers upon reaching his decision.

Michel Picher, the arbitrator who heard the case of the Predators vs. Shea Weber, did all that in awarding Nashville’s 25-year-old captain and Norris Trophy runner-up $7.5 million after the club came in at $4.75 million and the defenseman requested $8.5 million for 2010-11.

According to the transcript of the decision, obtained by Slap Shots, Picher dismissed the club’s attempt to use Phoenix’s Keith Yandle (“Keith Yandle simply does not present as a player who can be responsibly compared to Mr. Weber”) and Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien (“While Mr. Byfuglien, like Mr. Yandle, is an excellent player, he has logged only one season in the NHL as a defenseman”) as comparables, and instead zeroed in on the only two comparables submitted by Weber—Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

continued and other hockey topics too…

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