Forward Tyler Bertuzzi is asking for quite a raise, and has the stats to back up his demand.
In briefs filed ahead of a possible Sunday arbitration hearing, Bertuzzi’s side has come in at $4.25 million and the Detroit Red Wings at $3.15 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
It’s common practice for a player to aim high and a team to aim low. The sides can continue to negotiate with one another even after an arbitration hearing has started.
In 2018, then-RFA Andreas Athanasiou filed for arbitration, but the sides reached an agreement before needing an arbitrator.
If an arbitrator decides, it will be for a one-year deal, leaving Bertuzzi an RFA again next summer.
Bertuzzi, 25, certainly has earned a raise on the $2.8 million deal he’s coming off. He led the Wings last season with 21 goals, the second consecutive season he’s hit that mark. He also reached a career-high 48 points.
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