Make that two arbitrations hearings avoided.
On the first day of scheduled arbitration hearings, the first two players reached last-minute deals to avoid the hearing process.
It started with the Coyotes and Lauri Korpikoski coming to terms on a two-year deal that Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says is for $3.6 million. The left wing had a breakout season with the Coyotes last season, scoring 19 goals and posting 21 assists to go with a plus-17, all significantly surpassing his totals from his first two seasons in the NHL.
"We are happy to avoid arbitration and finalize a contract," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.
A short while later, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced they avoided arbitration with Teddy Purcell, also on a two-year contract. Kypreos says that deal is worth $4.725 million. Purcell also enjoyed a breakout year last year with the Lightning, posting career highs with 17 goals and 34 assists, establishing himself as a solid second-line option for the Bolts. He also contributed in the postseason with 17 points (6-11) in 18 games.
It's not much of a surprise deals were done without the help of an intermediary. We explained yesterday how hard all the sides try to avoid actually making it to the arbitration hearing as it can be poisonous for future relations between the team and player.
|July 20||Lauri Korpikoski (Settled: 2 years, $3.6M)||Coyotes|
|July 20||Teddy Purcell (Settled: 2 years, $4.725M)||Lightning|
|July 21||Brandon Dubinsky (Settled: 4 years, $16.8 million)||Rangers|
|July 28||Josh Gorges||Canadiens|
|July 28||Ryan Callahan||Rangers|
|July 29||Jannik Hansen||Canucks|
|August 2||Shea Weber||Predators|
|August 3||Chris Campoli||Blackhawks|
|August 3||Zach Parise||Devils|
|August 4||Mark Fraser||Devils|
|August 4||Blake Comeau||Islanders|
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