Tag:Arbitration
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:59 am
 

Bolts' Purcell, Coyotes' Korpikoski avoid arbiter

By Brian Stubits

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.

The next player due up is the Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky tomorrow. It will be a bit tighter of a situation to see if they can reach a deal before the hearing.

Arbitration schedule
Date Player Team
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

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Arbitration anticipation: Let the pain begin

By Brian Stubits

Nobody wants to go to arbitration. The next time you hear any involved party is excited for arbitration battles will be the first.

It can be dangerous. It can certainly be ugly. It is always contentious.

The nature of the best resembles part of Festivus with the Airing of Grievances. At least there are no Feats of Strength as an arbiter lays down the decision instead of the sides fighting it out. The involved parties are forced to justify their stance in the negotiations, resulting in teams putting down their own player. Not a desirable stance to have to take.

Because of the combative nature, the process has been known to cause strains in relationships between teams and players. It's exactly why teams try to avoid the process more fervently than someone looks to evade root canals.

For that reason arbitration meetings often times don't happen. It's amazing how much easier it is to strike a deal with a deadline speeding up the negotiations. Always worked that way for me to get book reports done in school; nothing like a deadline of two days away to read the first page.

So it is highly likely only a few of the names headed to arbitration will actually have their hearing. That goes for the two biggest names on the list, Shea Weber and Zach Parise. The Predators and Devils respectively will try and hammer out contracts before an arbiter gets to set the reward. This has happened to three players in the last day as the Jets avoided a hearing with Blake Wheeler, the Ducks with Andrew Cogliano and the Sabres with Andrej Sekera, all reaching new deals.

But there will still be hearings. Teddy Purcell and the Lightning will have their case heard tomorrow, the first day, along with Lauri Korpikovski and the Coyotes. The next case will be Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers. All of those hearings should happen with the potential for the Rangers/Dubinsky battle to be a tough one seeing as the sides still seem to be pretty far apart.

Or you will have the cases where teams just walk away from the award. It happened last year with Clarke MacArthur in Atlanta and more notably with Antti Niemi in Chicago, the teams electing to let the player find another team than pay them the determined amount. It will happen again this year to a Blackhawks player as the team has already said it cannot afford to bring Chris Campoli back.

Last year in total five players got as far as the arbitration hearing. Three of those players' awards were not matched. Teams are only allowed to walk away in a situation where the player filed for arbitration and the reward is $1.7 million or more. Anything less than that and the player stays put, regardless.

Obviously the most interesting cases are those of Parise and Weber. They are both franchise players and are due for substantial raises. The case of Weber is particularly appealing since the signing of Drew Doughty in Los Angeles seems to be waiting for the precedent set by the future Weber contract.

With all of that as the background, here's a list of all the players who, as of now, are scheduled for their turns in the ol' testy tango of arbitration. Expect names to disappear from this list faster than Michael J. Fox in family photos.

Arbitration schedule
Date Player Team
July 20 Lauri Korpikoski Coyotes
July 20 Teddy Purcell Lightning
July 21 Brandon Dubinsky 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

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Cogliano, Ducks miss arbitration with new deal

By Brian Stubits

The Anaheim Ducks have avoided arbitration with newly acquired Andrew Cogliano, signing the speedster to a three-year contract according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada.

The contract costs a pretty penny as Cogs will receive $2.15 million the first year, $2.35 million the second and $2.67 in the final year of the contract.

The Ducks traded a second-round pick to the Oilers in exchange for Cogliano last week as Edmonton looked to make room on the roster in case No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earns a spot. And, ya know, they had an arbitration date set that they had to do something about.

Cogliano scored 11 goals with 24 assists last season. He hasn't since matched his rookie total in 2007-08 of 45 points that included 18 goals and 27 assists. He has earned a reputation as being one of the fastest skaters on the ice.

Now that he is officially in the fold, Cogliano figures to serve the Ducks in the role of a third-line center, bringing good hustle and hopefully some scoring more along the lines of his rookie form. One thing the Ducks can count on is Cogliano's durability, as he hasn't missed a game in four NHL seasons.

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