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NHLPA releases list of players who’ve filed for salary arbitration

Per the NHLPA, 23 players chose to file for salary arbitration hearings with their NHL teams. Teams have until 5 PM on Wednesday, July 6th to file arbitration with players, and here’s the NHLPA’s list of arbitration-filers:


TORONTO (July 5, 2011) – Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Anaheim Ducks
Dan Sexton

Buffalo Sabres
Andrej Sekera

Carolina Hurricanes
Derek Joslin

Chicago Blackhawks
Chris Campoli
Viktor Stalberg

Colorado Avalanche
Kevin Porter
Ryan Wilson

Columbus Blue Jackets
Marc Methot

Edmonton Oilers
Andrew Cogliano

Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez
Brad Richardson

Montreal Canadiens
Josh Gorges

Nashville Predators
Sergei Kostitsyn

New Jersey Devils
Mark Fraser

New York Islanders
Blake Comeau

New York Rangers
Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky
Michael Sauer

Phoenix Coyotes
Lauri Korpikoski

Tampa Bay Lightning
Teddy Purcell

Vancouver Canucks
Jannik Hansen

Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler

The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2011.

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Slumpy's avatar

Callahan and Dubinsky being taken to arbitration by the NYR, wow. Guess Sather doesn’t think to much of those two. Aren’t most RFA players taken to arbitration playing for another team 2 or 3 years afterwards like 80% of the time or more?
Way to make your young players feel special Sather, lol. Thought those two are core players but guess not in long term future.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 07/05/11 at 07:57 PM ET

Primis's avatar

That’s what happens when you go out and overpay for Brad Richards.

Posted by Primis on 07/05/11 at 08:08 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

I was questioning this move too but it actually makes for NYR.  Callahan and Dubinsky are both due for big raises and probably asking for them.  At the risk of alienating/destroying the players’ relationship with the organization, New York can get 1 year deals for both (albeit probably in line with the spike in salaries).  The key is there is the new CBA on the horizon.  A year can make all the difference in what players are getting paid.  The Rangers probably couldn’t have gotten 1 yr deals any other way.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 07/05/11 at 08:46 PM ET


These are *player* elected filings, not team elected.

Posted by shep on 07/05/11 at 09:39 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

I wouldn’t say Richards is overpaid at 6.7 per season. I think the 9 year term is a mistake, but I’m OK with that salary considering his production.

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 07/05/11 at 10:27 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Some times the player opts for arbitration with the undestandin a deal will get done from the time the dust settles post july 1st-3rd and their hearing.  It gives the team some reassurance that they won’t be sniped while the team is focused in actual FAs, and it is a show of faith from a player trusting, in some cases naive, enough to think their team won’t bone them when it comes to a contract and, if they do, they can go to arbitration and walk after a year anyway.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/06/11 at 12:11 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Sometimes players file arbitration to come to an agreement on a contract, and as Shanetx says, sometimes they do so to some extent to protect their employer from dealing with a restricted free agent offer sheet.

Regardless of whether the team or player files for arbitration, the player disappears from the RFA offer sheet market. For teams like the Rangers that’s very important, and as we all know, the Devils and Predators have already filed for arbitration with Zach Parise and Shea Weber, respectively, to extend themselves the same protection.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/06/11 at 12:37 AM ET

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