The NHLPA announced that 44 players will file for NHL salary arbitration. This is up from last season when 30 players filed.
For a refresher, salary arbitration is where a contract dispute is settled through the player and team each proposing a salary for the upcoming season at a hearing. The neutral third party (arbitrator) sets the player’s salary for the season after the process. If one signs an NHL contract before the age of 20, they must have four seasons of NHL experience to be eligible. If over 20, the term is decreased. The player can never receive less than 85% of his previous year’s salary and the team must make a decision to honour or decline the player’s awarded salary by the arbitrator in the next 48 hours after the hearing. If the team declines, the player can become an unrestricted free agent.
The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2018.
Main Photo: LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 20: William Karlsson #71 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates during warmups before a game against the Vancouver Canucks at T-Mobile Arena on March 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)