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03-14-2013, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Kaibur View Post
That's not how arbitration works.

Four 1st round picks + >$8M per season is a lot. If someone's stupid enough to pay that, let them have him. We'll draft another #1D.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that any player that fit into a certain category of eligible players could go to arbitration if they can't agree to a contract as an RFA. If OEL does not have to worry about that (i.e. he fills his quota of games played to make him a UFA or bypass an RFA year), then it is a moot point.

So let's say that the Coyotes offer him $5 million/yr as an RFA. OEL doesn't agree to it and either he or the team goes to arbitration on OEL's behalf. If the arbiter rules for $8 million, and the Coyotes do not respond to that amount within 48 hours, then he is a UFA, correct? Meaning he is available (potentially and very well likely) for more money and a longer term then what the Coyotes offer was and maybe for more money and term than the arbiter's ruling...

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