Monday, July 23, 2007

Arbitration thoughts

Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated had an interesting piece detailing the NHL's upcoming salary arbitration cases, which began today with Washington Capitals' forward Brooks Laich. While Rob Davison, the only Shark set to have his salary determined by a third party, settled his situation before time, Sharks fans should still take notice of the awards handed out, if only to get a sense of what upcoming San Jose RFAs such as Milan Michalek, Steve Bernier, Matt Carle and others will look at to determine their compensation.

Ray Emery, above, seems to be the most interesting case as the 24-year-old goaltender handily lead the Ottawa Senators past Eastern giants Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Buffalo en route to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance against Anaheim. The rumblings are that the Emery camp is likely to point to the recent $4.25, one-year deal handed to Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, while the Sens brass will look at the $2.33 cap hit generated by Carolina tender Cam Ward's recent contract. The richest award is likely to be handed out to 80-point man Mike Cammalleri, whose representation wouldn't be out of line suggesting the $5.25 million salary garnered by the likes of Alex Tanguay, Simon Gagne and Olli Jokinen, whether or not one breakout season by Cammalleri places him in the same plane as those players.

Other notables: Derek Roy, Buffalo; Michael Ryder, Canadiens; Sean Avery, Rangers; Lee Stempniak, Blues; Trent Hunter, Islanders; Chris Kelly, Senators; Milan Jurcina, Capitals

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