Thursday, July 5, 2012
Shea Weber skips arbitration option, Sergei Kostitsyn chooses to arbitrate
The NHLPA released the list of 16 NHL player that opted for player elected arbitration under the current rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Predators' Shea Weber chose not to participate this year after getting a bitter taste in his mouth at last year's team elected hearing where he was awarded a one-year contract for $7.5 million. The Predators' main focus will be to sign Weber to a long term deal that could make him the highest paid NHL defenseman.
Teammate, Sergei Kostitsyn decided to take a shot at the arbitration process to attempt to improve on the $2.5 million that he made this past season. The flip side of the matter is that the Preds could chose to walk away from an award if they do not like the amount. Additionally, the team and player could agree to a contract before the hearing.
Make the jump for the complete list released by the NHLPA...
16 PLAYERS ELECT SALARY ARBITRATION
TORONTO (July 5, 2012) – Sixteen players have elected Salary Arbitration:
Anaheim Ducks - Nick Bonino
Colorado Avalanche - Jamie McGinn
Dallas Stars - Richard Bachman and Mark Fistric
Detroit Red Wings - Kyle Quincey
Edmonton Oilers - Sam Gagner
Florida Panthers - Kris Versteeg
Montreal Canadiens - Raphael Diaz
Nashville Predators - Sergei Kostitsyn
New Jersey Devils - Mark Fayne
New York Rangers - Anton Stralman
Ottawa Senators - Kaspars Daugavins
St. Louis Blues - T.J. Oshie and David Perron (player has since signed a new contract)
San Jose Sharks - T.J. Galiardi
Vancouver Canucks - Dale Weise
The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2012.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass