NHL salary arbitration schedule is set: Pelech, Saros, Fiala key names to watch
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.
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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.
Adam Pelech (New York Islanders)
Michael McNiven (Montreal Canadiens)
Jakub Vrana (Detroit Red Wings)
Neal Pionk (Winnipeg Jets)
Vince Dunn (Seattle Kraken)
Ross Colton (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild)
Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators)
Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators)
Jason Dickinson (Vancouver Canucks)
Adam Erne (Detroit Red Wings)
Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche)
Zach Aston-Reese (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Andrew Copp (Winnipeg Jets)
Nikita Zadorov (Calgary Flames)
Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers)