And they are something.
Stone, arguably Ottawa’s best forward, is asking for $9 million, while the Senators are countering at $5 million.
As Elliotte Friedman noted in a later tweet, the most an arbitrator has ever awarded was $7.5 million, to Shea Weber back in 2011.
The 26-year-old Stone led Ottawa in points this past season, finishing with 62 in just 58 games. It was the third time in the past four seasons that the Winnipeg native had cracked the 60-point mark, but the first time he’d averaged more than a point per game.
He’s not just a threat offensively, though. Stone has always been a positive possession player in his six years of NHL action, and is frequently among the league leaders in takeaways.
The sixth-round pick from 2010 has quietly developed into one of the NHL’s best two-way wingers, even if his $9-million asking price seems more than a bit lofty.
Stone’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday. Defenceman Cody Ceci‘s will happen on Wednesday.