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Savage discusses the arbitration process

MLive's Brendan Savage broke down the arbitration process ahead of a possible hearing between Petr Mrazek and the Wings:

Teams can take a player to arbitration just once in his career but there are no restrictions on the number of a times a player can file or the size of his award.

The player can't receive less than 85 percent of his salary from the previous year and factors the arbitrator considers before making a decision include statistics from all previous seasons, a player's value to his team, leadership qualities and the performance/salary of players considered comparable.

Factors that can't be considered include comparisons to players who signed contracts as unrestricted free agents, testimonials, media reports, the salary cap and a team's financial situation.

When a case reaches arbitration, each side has 90 minutes to present its case. There's also a limit to the length of the brief submitted so neither side can bury the arbitrator in paperwork, according to Holland.

"Otherwise, we could send 1,000 pages and muddy the waters," Holland said. "There's limits to how many pages. There's limits to how long you can talk."


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