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Chris Kreider, Kyle Palmieri, and Brayden Schenn Among 24 NHL Players to File For Arbitration

Chris Kreider (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Chris Kreider (Scott Levy/Getty Images)


Four New York Rangers, three Philadelphia Flyers and one New Jersey Devils player filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.

In order to be eligible to file for arbitration a player must have four years of NHL experience. Restricted free agents use the process as a bargaining chip in their negotiations with the current teams.

Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Dylan McIllrath of the Rangers, Kyle Palmieri of the Devils and Brayden Schenn, Brandon Manning and Jordan Weal of the Flyers were eight of the 24 National Hockey League restricted free agents that decided to file for arbitration.

The players and their respected clubs will continue to have the right to negotiate a new contract to avoid a hearing, while awaiting their hearings. If the players and their respective clubs are unable to reach an agreement before the hearing, the decision of the arbitrator, made within 48 hours of the hearing, is the salary the player will be awarded.  The cases will be heard in Toronto, from July 20 through August 4.

The team can either accept the offer or choose to walk away and decline it, thereby making the player an unrestricted free agent and able to sign with any other team. Teams are allowed to take a player to arbitration, but a player can only be taken to arbitration once in his career, and can never receive less than 85 percent of the previous season’s salary. The deadline for teams to take a player to arbitration is Wednesday at 5:00 PM.

The evidence that can be used during the hearings can include overall performance, which can include statistics from their entire career. It can involve injuries, illnesses and games played as well as the player’s length of service with the team and the league.

The player’s overall contributions towards the team’s success or failures can be brought up during the cases. The player’s special qualities of leadership or public appeal can be brought into the hearings, just as the performance and salary of a similar type of player.

The evidence that is not admissible is if they use an unrestricted free agent for the comparable player, the team’s salary cap status can’t be brought into the discussions. The financial state of the organization is inadmissible evidence during the hearing as well.

Media reports, video or testimonials are not allowed to be used during the arbitration cases either.

The 24 players that elected to go to arbitration, prior to Tuesday’s 5:00 PM deadline:

Arizona Coyotes: Michael Stone

Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Barrie and Mikhail Grigorenko

Detroit Red Wings: Jared Coreau and Danny DeKeyser

Minnesota Wild: Jordan Schroeder

Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok and Petter Granberg

New Jersey Devils: Kyle Palmieri

New York Rangers: Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Dylan McIllrath and J.T. Miller

Ottawa Senators: Mike Hoffman

Philadelphia Flyers: Brayden Schenn, Brandon Manning and Jordan Weal

St. Louis Blues: Jaden Schwartz

Tampa Bay Lightning: Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov

Toronto Maple Leafs: Frank Corrado, Peter Holland and Martin Marincin

Washington Capitals: Marcus Johansson

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