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NHL salary arbitration schedule is set: Pelech, Saros, Fiala key names to watch

NHL Salary Arbitration

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MAY 23: Goalie Juuse Saros #74 of the Nashville Predators comes out of the crease against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in Game Four of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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The NHLPA announced the arbitration hearing schedule on Thursday for the 16 restricted free agents whose cases still need to be scheduled.

There were originally 19 players that filed for salary arbitration but Adin Hill (San Jose Sharks), Zach Sanford (St. Louis Blues) and Victor Mete (Ottawa Senators) have already agreed to new contracts, avoiding the arbitration process.

Most of these players listed below will do the same because nobody, team or player, really wants to go through the nastiness of the arbitration process.

[Related: Every free agent signing by all 32 NHL teams]

The arbitration hearings are scheduled to begin on August 11 with a couple of the most significant names, New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech and Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana.

Other notable names and dates to watch for include Vince Dunn (Seattle Kraken) on August 14, Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild) on August 17, Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) on August 18, and Zach Aston-Reese (Pittsburgh Penguins) on August 23. August 26 is the final day of hearings with Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets), Nikita Zadorov (Chicago Blackhawks), and Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers),

The complete schedule is listed below.

August 11
Adam Pelech (New York Islanders)
Michael McNiven (Montreal Canadiens)
Jakub Vrana (Detroit Red Wings)

August 13
Neal Pionk (Winnipeg Jets)

August 14
Vince Dunn (Seattle Kraken)

August 16
Ross Colton (Tampa Bay Lightning)

August 17
Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild)

August 18
Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators)

August 20
Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators)
Jason Dickinson (Vancouver Canucks)

August 21
Adam Erne (Detroit Red Wings)
Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche)

August 23
Zach Aston-Reese (Pittsburgh Penguins)

August 26
Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets)
Nikita Zadorov (Calgary Flames)
Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers)