Arizona Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker filed for salary arbitration, his agent Jarrett Bousquet told Fox Sports Arizona.
As always, the two sides could break the impasse before a hearing actually takes places, as Bousquet noted.
“We can still talk, but at this point we’re looking to see if we can get a one-year deal done to avoid letting the system take care of it,” Bousquet said.
Boedker brings a nice amount of speed to the table, and he’s one of the best scoring options on the Coyotes’ offense-starved roster. The 25-year-old had a somewhat disappointing 2014-15 season, scoring 14 goals and 28 points after being limited to 45 games. His best year came in 2013-14, when he set career highs in goals (19), assists (32) and points (51).
It’s been a tough time for the franchise, obviously, yet it would also be difficult to let Boedker go. The Coyotes have been “arm-wrestling” with the winger’s reps since at least April, so perhaps an arbitrator would have better luck finding a match?
The deadline for players is Sunday while team-elected arbitration must happen by Monday, so expect more stories along these lines.