Sunday, July 19, 2009

NHL Arbitration period begins Monday


Restricted free agents and their respective NHL clubs will begin salary arbitration this week in Toronto.

Arbitration meetings conclude on July 31.

A decision in the case must be made by the arbitrator within 48 hours of the meeting’s conclusion.

The arbitrator has the option to hand out one or two-year awards.

Teams will then have 48 hours (or 48 hours after the team's last hearing is concluded if they have multiple players) to accept the contract or walk away, immediately making the player an unrestricted free agent.

Note: A team that requests arbitration does not have walk-away rights.

Below is the current list of arbitration meetings:

Player Team Hearing Date
Clarke MacArthur Buffalo July 20
Daniel Winnik Phoenix July 21
Nigel Dawes Calgary July 22
Marc Methot Columbus July 23
Matt Hunwick Boston July 24
Travis Zajac New Jersey July 24
Nate Thompson NY Islanders July 27
Kyle Wellwood Vancouver July 28
Milan Jurcina Washington July 28
Matt Smaby Tampa Bay July 28
Denis Grebeshkov Edmonton July 29
Josh Harding Minnesota July 29
Tomas Plekanec Montreal July 30
Tuomo Ruutu Carolina July 30
Jiri Hudler Detroit July 30
Nikolai Zherdev NY Rangers July 31
Kyle Brodziak Minnesota July 31

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