Arbitration season is over. What’s it look like?
Note – you may notice that the German Hammer did not write today’s article.
She has suffered a slight thumb injury (a.k.a. “the Ellen”) which bled a bit
And a little more
So we went to some medical professionals for complicated healing stuff
So she is going to avoid typing where she can for a few days.
But back to Arbitration….
Every year, players (and clubs) may elect for salary arbitration of Restricted Free Agents.
By June 25th, teams may file Qualifying Offers to guarantee the right of first refusal to competing offers. By July 5th, players who are unsatisfied with their offers may file for salary arbitration.
Some years, it seems like only problem cases – players you never noticed – file for arbitration, but this year, there’s lots of names you will recognize.
The following 41 players filed arbitration requests this year (details included in some):
Joel Armia (F) – 2yr, $2.6M AAV – Montreal Canadiens
Zach Aston-Reese (F) – 2yr $1M AAV – Pittsburgh Penguins
Sam Bennett (F) – 2yr $2.55M AAV – Calgary Flames
Jordan Binnington (G) – 2yr $4.4M AAV – St. Louis Blues
Pavel Buchnevich (F) – 2yr $3.25M AAV New York Rangers
Will Butcher (D) – 3yr $3.73M AAV – New Jersey Devils
Connor Carrick (D) – 2yr $1.5M AAV – New Jersey Devils
J.T. Compher (F) – 4yr $3.5M AAV – Colorado Avalanche
Andrew Copp (F) – Winnipeg Jets
Chase DeLeo (F) – 1yr $750K – Anaheim Ducks
Jason Dickinson (F) – 2yr $1.5M AAV – Dallas Stars
Christian Djoos (D) – Washington Capitals
Sheldon Dries (F) – 1yr $735k – Colorado Avalanche
Joel Edmundson (D) – St. Louis Blues
Remi Elie (F) – 1yr $700k – Buffalo Sabres
Anton Forsberg (G) – Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan Graves (D) – 1yr $735K – Colorado Avalanche
Rocco Grimaldi (F) – Nashville Predators
Danton Heinen (F) – 2yr $2.8M AAV – Boston Bruins
Charles Hudon (F) – 1yr $800K – Montreal Canadiens
Ville Husso (G) – 1yr $700K – St. Louis Blues
Alex Iafallo (F) – 2yr, $2.425M AAV – Los Angeles Kings
Scott Laughton (F) – 2yr, $2.3M AAV – Philadelphia Flyers
Artturi Lehkonen (F) – 2yr, $2.4M AAV – Montreal Canadiens
Ryan Lomberg (F) – 1yr $700K – Calgary Flames
Jake McCabe (D) – 2yr $2.85 AAV – Buffalo Sabres
Brock McGinn (F) – 2yr $2.1M AAV – Carolina Hurricanes
Mirco Mueller (D) – 1yr $1.4M – New Jersey Devils
Cedric Paquette (F) – 2yr, $1.65M AAV – Tampa Bay Lightning
Neal Pionk (D) – 2yr $3M AAV – Winnipeg Jets (formerly NY Rangers)
David Rittich (G) – 2yr $2.75M – Calgary Flames
Evan Rodrigues (F) – Buffalo Sabres
Zach Sanford (F) – 2yr, $1.5M AAV – St. Louis Blues
Colton Sissons (F) – 7yr $2.857m AAV – Nashville Predators
Chandler Stephenson (F) – 1yr $1.05M – Washington Capitals
Malcolm Subban (G) – 1yr, $850K – Vegas Golden Knights
Oskar Sundqvist (F) – 4yr $2.75M AAV – St. Louis Blues
Jacob Trouba (D) – 7yr $8M AAV – New York Rangers (formerly Winnipeg Jets)
Linus Ullmark (G) – 1yr $1.325M – Buffalo Sabres
Rinat Valiev (D) – 1yr $700K – Calgary Flames
MacKenzie Weegar (D) – 1yr $1.6M – Florida Panthers
However, most players who file for arbitration do so to put pressure on their teams to renegotiate, and they continue to work out a deal. Of that list, only six went all the way to arbitration
Andrew Copp (F) 2yr, $2.28M AAV
Christian Djoos (D) 1yr, $1.25M
Joel Edmundson (D) 1yr, $3.1M
Anton Forsberg (G) 1yr, $775K
Rocco Grimaldi (F) 1yr, $1M
Evan Rodrigues (F) 1yr, $2M
You may note that the majority of these players got 1 or 2 year bridge deals. It is also interesting to note how many of these players are back-up goaltenders – it looks like no one wants to pay for the guy between the pipes. The one Bruin of the group – Danton Heinen – eventually agreed to $2.8 million/year – not outlandish, but it is good to see how these deals compare.