Arbitration and the Three Vancouver Canucks

Nucks IceManCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2010

By now, you have all heard that Tanner Glass, Jannik Hansen, and Mason Raymond have filed for arbitration after having received qualifying offers as RFA’s.

Now, I can understand Raymond taking this to arbitration as he had a minimum qualifying offer of $700,000.

Glass and Hansen? Not so much.

Sure I can see that Glass and Hansen want one-way contracts, and the team wants two ways. But for Glass, what does he have for an arguing point?

He was a fourth line player for most of the season and before he joined the ‘Nucks, he played a total of 44 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, and had a total of one goal, one assist, and 46 PIM.

Conversely with the Canucks, he played in 67 games—had four goals, seven assists, and 115 PIM, but is he worth any more than the $550,000 then he was offered?

Go have a look at the names of the available UFA’s that can play that role.

There are players like Josh Gratton and Warren Peters just to name a few, and for a similar price.

Vancouver might have a plan. If the arbitration decision is more than they want to pay, than they can walk away and Glass would become an unrestricted free agent.

They then have the option of signing not only another player to fill that role, but also a bigger, tougher version.

Hansen seems to have a bit more to argue his case with.

Since his arrival to the NHL, he has never been a big scorer but did have his best year last season in the 47 games he did play.

Nine goals and six assists with 18 PIM. And in five games with the Moose—two assists in five games.

I don’t see him as a third line player because the ‘Nucks want a grittier player that can score 15–20 goals and he doesn’t suit the fourth line pro-type either.

So, if the arbitration ruling is not in the ballpark, Hansen could see himself out on the market with the rest of the 50 plus UF or RFA’s.

Tim Jackman and Ben Guite could fill Hansen’s role at the qualifying offer.

With Mason Raymond’s career year (25 G, 28 A) the team will argue that Raymond scored most of the goals early in the season and went through long periods of drought.

In the playoffs he has not been productive, unless you think five goals and two assists in 22 games meets that criterion.

In the end though I would think they will come to some sort of compromise unless the arbitration ruling is too high.

Alex Burrows ($2 million) and Mikael Samuelsson ($2.5 million) are better players at this stage of the game, and if Raymond was awarded somewhere close to the $3 million mark, than it may make Raymond unaffordable with the limited cap space.

For all parties concerned, arbitration can be a gamble. And at times, from what has been reported, not very pleasant.

Let’s hope in Raymond’s case the two settle before that date at a price they both can live with.

I will be reporting after attending the Summer Summit Prospects Camp on Wednesday.