Friday was the deadline for arbitration eligible restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration.
There were 40 players that elected to go that route.
Binnington’s arbitration case would be by far the most interesting one if it reaches that point.
On one hand, he is still a bit of an unknown having played just 59 games (regular season and playoffs combined) in the NHL at the age of 25, so anything the Blues give him on a long-term contract would be a bit of a gamble. But he did help turn the Blues’ season around and backstopped the team to its ever first ever Stanley Cup so he has a pretty strong argument in his corner.
Hearing dates have yet to be set, but teams can continue to work on new contracts with each player in an effort to avoid arbitration.
Most of these players will end up being signed before they have to reach arbitration as neither side ever wants to go through the unpleasantness that those hearings can create.
Chase De Leo
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Cedric Paquette (signed after filing)
Vegas Golden Knights
UPDATE: The NHLPA has released the schedule for these hearings which run from July 20 to Aug. 4.