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Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban and forward Lars Eller are among 20 NHL players who have filed for salary arbitration.
The hearings are scheduled from July 20 to Aug. 4 in Toronto, according to the NHL Players’ Association, which released the list late Saturday afternoon after the filing deadline.
Players and teams can continue to negotiate until an arbitration hearing. And, as The Gazette’s Pat Hickey has noted in the past, players who file for arbitration typically reach a deal before they have to present their case.
Subban and Eller are restricted free agents.
The Canadiens’ contract talks with Subban aren’t expected to be easy because of the big pay hike the 25-year-old defenceman is headed towards. Subban signed a two-year, $5.75 million deal with the Habs in January 2013 after missing training camp because of the contract dispute. He went on to win the Norris Trophy that season as the NHL’s top defenceman.
Eller, 25, earned $1.5 million this past season–his fourth with the Canadiens. He posted totals of 12-14-26 in 77 games. He was second in scoring for the Habs during their deep playoff run with 13 points, just behind Subban who led the team with 14.
If a player opts for salary arbitration–and if it goes to a hearing–the club can ask for a one or two-year salary-arbitration award.
The arbitration route also excludes the possibility of offer sheets from other clubs.
For the full list of players opting for salary arbitration click here.