Left wing Dwight King was one of 20 NHL players to file for salary arbitration on Saturday.
This is not a major development. King is free to continue to negotiate a contract with the team up until his arbitration date. If he signs, the hearing will not take place.
Last year, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Jordan Nolan and Trevor Lewis filed for arbitration on July 10. Muzzin signed a two-year contract on July 12, Martinez signed a two-year contract on July 14, Nolan signed a two-year contract on July 19, and Trevor Lewis signed a one-year contract on July 23.
King is coming off a two-year, 1.5-million dollar contract signed in July, 2012. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound forward set career highs across the board with 15 goals, 15 assists, 30 points and a plus-16 rating.
The Kings have 22 players signed for the upcoming season, totaling 66.8 million dollars of salary cap payroll. They will need to have 23 players on the active roster whose contracts’ cumulative average annual values add up to less than 69 million dollars by the start of the 2014-15 season. Defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Andy Andreoff are unsigned restricted free agents.
Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 22 to August 6. If negotiations with King end up in a hearing (which is unlikely), both sides will submit a proposed salary, and the arbitrator can choose one of the salaries or pick a salary somewhere in the middle.
Teams are also able to file for salary arbitration against players – as Colorado has done with Ryan O’Reilly. For more on salary arbitration, Article 12 of the CBA (located here, beginning on page 57) will answer all questions.
Also filing for arbitration:
Arizona Coyotes – Brandon McMillan
Boston Bruins – Matt Bartkowski
Calgary Flames – Joe Colborne
Dallas Stars – Cameron Gaunce, Antoine Roussel
Florida Panthers – Jimmy Hayes
Minnesota Wild – Justin Fontaine
Montreal Canadiens – Lars Eller, P.K. Subban
Nashville Predators – Mattias Ekholm
New York Islanders – Kevin Poulin
New York Rangers – Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
Ottawa Senators – Derek Grant
Pittsburgh Penguins – Nick Spaling
San Jose Sharks – Jason Demers
Toronto Maple Leafs – Cody Franson, James Reimer