Five members of the Winnipeg Jets -- including three of their big guns in Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little -- have filed for salary arbitration before today’s deadline.
The three, as well as Paul Postma and Eric Tangradi from the Jets, are part of a group of 21 players from across the National Hockey League who elected to go that route.
The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification is Thursday at 4 p.m. with the hearings to be held in Toronto from July 22-Aug. 6.
Anton Thun, the agent for Little, explained what electing for salary arbitration means: "Filing is simply the start of the arbitration process. It is simply a notice to the other side to elect arbitration and has nothing to do with the actual negotiations. No dollar figures are attached to a notice."
But if a player and the team cannot come to terms on a new deal before the hearings end, the maximum length of a contract an arbitrator can award is two years. That’s a significant number for the Jets, who are attempting to lock Bogosian, Wheeler and Little into longer-term deals.
The other 16 NHLers who elected salary arbitration are: Brendan Smith (Detroit), Sam Gagner (Edmonton), Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin and Jordan Nolan (Los Angeles), Ryan White (Montreal), Nick Spaling (Nashville), Josh Bailey (NY Islanders), Mats Zuccarello (NY Ranges), Eric Condra (Ottawa), Robert Bortuzzo (Pittsburgh), Chris Stewart (St. Louis), Mark Fraser, Carl Gunnarsson (Toronto) and Dale Weise (Vancouver).