Here’s What You Need To Know

NBC Sports
July 19, 2011

Free agency can be a beautiful thing for hockey players until these athletes find themselves in salary arbitration: “While it can be a necessary evil for teams and restricted free agents who cannot come to an agreement on an individual’s value, that evil often requires that player’s own front office to point out his weaknesses.”

Players certainly face a challenge sitting in adversarial arbitration with their future employer. Wednesday, July 20 marked the first day of the year’s arbitration hearings in Toronto. Parties follow a specific protocol laid out in the CBA, and each side gets 90 minutes to argue their case using limited evidence that includes player’s statistics, contribution to team success, and similar salaries of other players.

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