NHL Free Agency 2013: Predictions for Top Salary Arbitration Cases

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NHL Free Agency 2013: Predictions for Top Salary Arbitration Cases
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

When restricted free agents are unable to reach a new contract with their NHL teams, those who are eligible often go to salary arbitration.

This is where a neutral third party hears the player's view of what his value is and how much he deserves to be paid and then compares that argument with his team's perspective. After hearing both sides, the independent arbiter makes a final decision on the player's salary for the upcoming season.

Most teams and players try to avoid this process by reaching a new contract before the scheduled hearing, because arbitration often damages the relationship between the two parties.

On Tuesday, the NHLPA released the full list of players who will have arbitration hearings from July 22 through August 2. Let's look at some predictions for the most notable cases involving the top RFAs of the summer.

 

Note: All salary information via CapGeek.

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