The NHLPA announced that 17 players will file for NHL salary arbitration. This is down from last season when 26 players filed.
For a refresher, salary arbitration is where a contract dispute is settled through the player and team each proposing a salary for the upcoming season at a hearing. The neutral third party (arbitrator) sets the player’s salary for the season after the process. If one signs an NHL contract before the age of 20, he must have four seasons of NHL experience to be eligible. If over 20, the term is decreased. The player can never receive less than 85% of his previous year’s salary and the team must make a decision to honour or decline the player’s awarded salary by the arbitrator in the next 48 hours after the hearing. If the team declines, the player can become an unrestricted free agent.
The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Salary arbitration hearings will be held from Aug. 11-26. A player can sign a contract with his current team any time before an arbitrator’s ruling.
NHL Salary Arbitration: 17 Players File
Here is the full list.
Montreal Canadiens: Michael McNiven
Some of the more notable names on the list are Predators starting goalie, Juuse Saros; Winnipeg Jets duo Copp and Pionk, who both play big roles on the team; newly acquired defencemen Dunn (Seattle) and Zadorov (Calgary), and excellent defensive forward Zach Aston-Reese.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 23: Goalie Juuse Saros #74 of the Nashville Predators makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second overtime period in Game Four of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 23, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)