Though most players and teams try to settle before things get to the potentially nasty hearing itself, there are 24 NHLers scheduled to hit arbitration later in the month. Will they get the deals they’re after?
The NHLPA released the list of players who have elected to take their teams to arbitration this summer and it’s a pretty impressive assortment of talent. And though many of these contract negotiations end up coming to a close before the actual hearing begins, there are some very interesting cases here. Check out the list:
Arizona Coyotes – Michael Stone
Colorado Avalanche – Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko
Detroit Red Wings – Jared Coreau, Danny DeKeyser
Minnesota Wild – Jordan Schroeder
Nashville Predators – Petter Granberg, Calle Jarnkrok
New Jersey Devils – Kyle Palmieri
New York Rangers – Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller
Ottawa Senators – Mike Hoffman
Philadelphia Flyers – Brandon Manning, Brayden Schenn, Jordan Weal
St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz
Tampa Bay Lightning – Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov
Toronto Maple Leafs – Frank Corrado, Peter Holland, Martin Marincin
Washington Capitals – Marcus Johansson
Keep in mind; NHL team have until 5 p.m. eastern today to take players to arbitration, so the list of cases could grow. But let’s look at some of the player-elected scenarios.
Right off the hop, you’ve got some big names. Jaden Schwartz has always been good for the Blues, but his 2015-16 campaign was marred by an ankle injury that kept him out of all but 33 games. He still managed 22 points in that span and was excellent for St. Louis in the playoffs. His previous contract saw him earn an average of $2.3 million per season over two years.
In New Jersey, the Devils have a tough case on their hands in Kyle Palmieri. In his first season with the franchise, Palmieri led the Devils in scoring – and by a pretty clear margin (57 points to Adam Henrique’s 50). He’s coming off a deal that paid him a shade less than $1.5 million per season over three years and it sure seems like he needs a substantial raise. But arbitration is a tricky process and no doubt the Devils will question if Palmieri can pull off the feat again – after all, this is the first season he ever produced at such a clip.
Then you have Mike Hoffman in Ottawa. Hoffman has already gone through arbitration once and lost. This season, he finished third in scoring on the Senators, increasing his production year-over-year by 11 points. Now, points are not the only stat used in arbitration hearings, so don’t assume Hoffman has an ace in the hole. But based on players of similar age and skill, the $2 million man should be looking for at least $3.5 million this time around.
Colorado must also face up to Tyson Barrie in arbitration, unless the two sides come to an agreement soon. Barrie was the Avs’ top offensive defenseman and ranked fifth overall in team scoring with 49 points in 78 games. But he didn’t play the toughest competition and like pretty much everyone on the Avs, his possession numbers are not strong. So where would an arbitrator rule on him?
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