NHL Arbitration Period Begins Monday - Revised 07/22 10:00 pm

Kevin van Steendelaar@@LeTirEtLeButAnalyst IJuly 19, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Restricted free agents and their respective NHL clubs will begin salary arbitration this week in Toronto.

Arbitration meetings conclude on July 31.

A decision in the case must be made by the arbitrator within 48 hours of the meeting’s conclusion.

The arbitrator has the option to hand out one or two-year awards.

Teams will then have 48 hours (or 48 hours after the team's last hearing is concluded if they have multiple players) to accept the contract or walk away, immediately making the player an unrestricted free agent.

Note: A team that requests arbitration does not have walk-away rights.

Below is the current list of arbitration meetings:

Player Team Hearing Date
Clarke MacArthurBuffaloSIGNED
Daniel WinnikPhoenixJuly 21
Nigel DawesCalgarySIGNED
Marc MethotColumbusSIGNED
Matt HunwickBostonSIGNED
Travis ZajacNew JerseySIGNED
Nate ThompsonNY IslandersJuly 27
Kyle WellwoodVancouverJuly 28
Milan JurcinaWashingtonJuly 28
Matt SmabyTampa BayJuly 28
Denis GrebeshkovEdmontonSIGNED
Josh HardingMinnesotaJuly 29
Tomas PlekanecMontrealSIGNED
Tuomo RuutuCarolinaJuly 30
Jiri HudlerDetroitJuly 30
Nikolai ZherdevNY RangersJuly 31
Kyle BrodziakMinnesotaJuly 31