NHL Arbitration Tracker: Results of 23 cases

August 4, 2014, 8:27 PM

Twenty players from the National Hockey League chose to take their respective teams to salary arbitration.

Six of those players — Ottawa’s Derek Grant, Calgary’s Joe Colborne, Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Lars Eller, and Toronto’s James Reimer and Cody Franson — hail from Canadian clubs. The Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers led all teams with three players filing.

Three clubs elected to take players to salary arbitration as well. The St. Louis Blues decided to take KHL-bound forward Vladimir Sobotka to arbitration. The Colorado Avalanche filed for arbitration with forward Ryan O’Reilly back in mid-June, as did the Winnipeg Jets with winger Michael Frolik.

The deadline for offer sheets to restricted free agents came and passed on July 5 with no offers.

Arbitration hearings for the following restricted free agents were to be held in Toronto between July 20 to Aug. 1, but only three of the following players actually had their cases heard. Here is a recap of how they all settled.

Arizona Coyotes
Brandon McMillan
2013-14 salary: $709,500
Arbitration date: July 29
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year,two-way deal with an NHL salary of $625,000, agreed to on July 15.

Boston Bruins
Matt Bartkowski
2013-14 salary: $650,000
Arbitration date: July 30
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year contract worth $1.25 million was agreed to on July 14

Calgary Flames
Joe Colborne
2013-14 salary: $600,000
Arbitration date: Aug. 1
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year, $2.55-million contract was agreed to on July 22

Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly*
2013-14 salary: $6.5 million
Arbitration date: July 23
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year, $12-million contract was agreed to on July 23, minutes before arbitration

Dallas Stars
Cameron Gaunce
2013-14 salary: $650,000
Arbitration date: July 25
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level (with a guarantee of $120,000 minimum) was agreed to on July 11

Antoine Roussel
2013-14 salary: $625,000
Arbitration date: July 22
Pre-arbitration settlement: A four-year, $8-million contract was agreed to on July 22, mere hours before arbitration

Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes
2013-14 salary: $687,500
Arbitration date: July 29
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, one-way deal, agreed to on July 29, minutes before arbitration

Los Angeles Kings
Dwight King
2013-14 salary: $750,000
Arbitration date: Aug. 1
Pre-arbitration settlement: A three-year contract was agreed to on July 30

Minnesota Wild
Justin Fontaine
2013-14 salary: $600,000
Arbitration date: Aug. 1
Pre-arbitration settlement: A three-year contract worth $2 million, agreed to on July 29

Montreal Canadiens
Lars Eller
2013-14 salary: $1.5 million
Arbitration date: July 25
Pre-arbitration settlement: A four-year, $14-million contract, agreed to on July 24 after

P.K. Subban
2013-14 salary: $3.75 million
Arbitration date: Aug. 1
Post-arbitration settlement: An eight-year, $72 million contract, agreed to on Aug. 2 after the arbitration case was heard but before the ruling came down



Nashville Predators
Mattias Ekholm
2013-14 salary: $900,000
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year, $2.075-million one-way contract, agreed to on July 9

New York Islanders
Kevin Poulin
2013-14 salary: $577,500
Arbitration date: July 30
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, two-way deal that pays $650,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 at the AHL level ($270,000 guaranteed), agreed to on July 24

New York Rangers
Derick Brassard
2013-14 salary: $3.7 million
Arbitration date: July 28
Pre-arbitration settlement: A five-year, $25-million contract agreed to on July 27

Chris Kreider
2013-14 salary: $900,000
Arbitration date: July 23
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year, $4.95-million contract was agreed to on July 23, just hours before arbitration

Mats Zuccarello
2013-14 salary: $1.15 million
Arbitration date: July 25
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, $3.5-million contract, agreed to on July 22

Ottawa Senators
Derek Grant
2013-14 salary: $660,000
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level, agreed to on July 9

Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Spaling
2013-14 salary: $1.5 million
Arbitration date: July 31
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year contract worth $4.4 million, agreed to on July 31

San Jose Sharks
Jason Demers
2013-14 salary: $1.5 million
Arbitration date: July 22
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year contract worth $6.8 million, agreed to on July 16

St. Louis Blues
Vladimir Sobotka*
2013-14 salary: $1.4 million
Arbitration date: July 21
Arbitration ruling: Sobotka has signed a three-year deal with the KHL. The Blues received a one-year arbitration award for Sobotka when the forward returns to the NHL. Sobotka will receive $2.725 million for his first NHL back. “We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL,” GM Doug Armstrong said via press release. “We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.”

Toronto Maple Leafs
Cody Franson
2013-14 salary: $2 million
Arbitration date: July 21
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year contract worth $3.3 million, agreed to on July 21

James Reimer
2013-14 salary: $1.6 million
Arbitration date: July 28
Pre-arbitration settlement: A two-year contract worth $4.6 million was agreed to on July 25

Winnipeg Jets
Michael Frolik*
2013-14 salary: $1.9 million
Arbitration date: July 31
Pre-arbitration settlement: A one-year, $3.3-million contract was agreed to on July 29

*indicates club-elected arbitration case

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