Arbitration hearing dates for restricted free agents and their respective clubs have been set from July 20 to August 4, 2016 in Toronto.
A lot of these cases tend to be settled before they reach this point with a few going through arbitration. For all involved this at least creates a deadline on a deal getting done.
Some of the bigger potential arbitration cases involve Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (July 29), Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (July 20) Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn (July 20) and St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz (July 20).
Barrie’s situation has drawn the most interest this summer. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has said he wants to re-sign the offensive blueliner to a long-term contract, but Barrie may be overpriced for Colorado’s plans.
In an interview with the Denver Post last month, Sakic looked at Barrie going to arbitration as just another lever under the collective bargaining agreement to reach a contract.
“I’d like to do a long-term deal with Tyson. If that doesn’t work out, it’s expected he’ll go to arbitration,” Sakic said. “Either way, he’ll be here.”
The Edmonton Journal recently pointed out that the Edmonton Oilers will continue to look at Barrie as they try to revamp their blueline. Barrie had 49 points last season and a career-high 13 goals. He’s coming off a two-year $5.2 million contract. The Avalanche have $7,759,407 of salary cap space with just Barrie and Mikhail Grigorenko listed as RFAs. Grigorenko also filed for arbitration.
The type of contract Killorn receives may have an impact on the Lightning and what they can pay restricted free agent forward Nikita Kucherov. Killorn notched 40 points last season, but had 13 points in 17 playoff games. Killorn made $5.1 million on a two-year deal.
Tampa has $12,979,167 of salary cap space left this offseason. Also Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat will be restricted free agents next summer so the Lightning need to be careful on what they pay their remaining RFAs so they can lock up the rest of their core moving forward.
Schwartz is coming off a two-year contract worth $4.7 million. He had 63 points in 75 games two years ago, but injuries limited him to 22 points in 33 games last season. He will likely receive a large raise.
Last summer Johansson was rewarded a one-year $3.75 million deal through arbitration.
The Capitals have $8,038,207 in salary cap space to re-sign Johansson and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who didn’t file for arbitration.
The Detroit Red Wings will also be busy trying to lock up steady defenseman Danny DeKeyser who is coming off a two-year $4.375 million contract along with goaltender Petr Mrazek. The Red Wings filed for arbitration with Mrazek, who took over the starting job last season and will likely get a large raise off his $737,500 salary from a year ago.
NOTE: * signifies settlement
Michael Stone – August 4, 2016
Tyson Barrie – July 29, 2016
Mikhail Grigorenko – July 22, 2016
Detroit Red Wings
Jared Coreau *
Danny DeKeyser – July 28, 2016
Jordan Schroeder – July 27, 2016
Calle Jarnkrok – August 4, 2016
Petter Granberg – August 3, 2016
New York Rangers
Kevin Hayes – July 27, 2016
Chris Kreider – July 22, 2016
Dylan McIlrath – July 21, 2016
Jonathan Miller – August 2, 2016
New Jersey Devils
Kyle Palmieri *
Mike Hoffman – August 4, 2016
Brandon Manning – August 2, 2016
Brayden Schenn – July 25, 2016
St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz – July 20, 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Killorn – July 20, 2016
Vladislav Namestnikov – July 29, 2016
Toronto Maple Leafs
Frank Corrado – July 26, 2016
Peter Holland – July 25, 2016
Martin Marincin – August 2, 2016
Marcus Johansson – July 20, 2016
CLUB ELECTED FILINGS
Detroit Red Wings
Petr Mrazek – July 27, 2016
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